SSOM MEDICAL PATHWAYS INITIATIVE: Inspiring high school students to become health professionals

Health Professionals Recruitment and Exposure Program (HPREP)

A signature Stritch outreach program, the student-led Health Professionals Recruitment and Exposure Program (HPREP) attracts and introduces underrepresented high school students from the Maywood, Cicero, and Berywn communities to careers in the health professions.  

During the five-week program, 10th-12th graders interact with physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other health care professionals, who discuss the journey to a career in a health-related field. In addition, students participate in small-group activities led by Stritch physicians in training. At the program's conclusion, the high school student participants present research on health disparities to family, faculty, and friends and receive a certificate of completion.

Learning Goals:

  • Cultivate an interest in health professions early in educational trajectories
  • Introduce students to racial, ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in health and health care and ways to combat inequities
  • Expose high school students to role models in various health careers (doctors, dentists, occupational therapist etc.) from populations underrepresented in medicine (URiM)
  • Provide students with skills, tools and resources necessary to navigate the educational path from high school to a professional degree
  • Familiarize students with how to conduct research on health disparities and present findings
DateFocus / Topic 
Session 1 10/15/22  Intro and Healthcare Career Day 
Session 2 10/22/22  Finance, College, Scholarships 
Session 3 11/12/22  Student Panel 
Session 4 11/19/22  MPH Disparities Talk and Research Topics Selection 
Session 5 12/3/22  Rotations between research project, suture workshop, and anatomy lab tour 
Session 6 1/7/23  Research Practice and Oral Presentation Skills and wellness  
Closing Ceremony 1/14/23  Presentations & Awards 


For more information about the application process, contact the HPREP coordinators at or the Stritch–ODEI staff advisors at