August 6 to 11


  1. Rising 10th, 11th or 12th graders
  2. Member of one or more groups (first-generation college, low-income, and underrepresented minorities). Please note: A student may identify in more than one of these groups. While the camp is focused on students in these groups, we will consider applications from any interested and qualified student.


Free. The College of Health Sciences will fund students’ housing (two students per room in a UD dormitory), meals, school supplies and mid-week transportation. Students and parents are only responsible for their own travel to and from Newark at the beginning and end of the week.

Application due date

2018 application period opens in February.

Camp Candidates


Please contact Dante LaPenta at or 302-831-7050.

The University of Delaware College of Health Sciences is training the next generation of healthcare leaders. Are you one of them?

Increasing diversity among health professionals improves access to healthcare for everyone. This inaugural camp is focused on:

  • Encouraging students from the following groups (including, but not limited to, first-generation college, low-income and underrepresented minorities) to pursue careers in the health professions
  • Introducing participants to the college’s undergraduate majors that can prepare them for graduate study and professional careers in healthcare
  • Providing participants with an experiential learning experience about career opportunities available in health professions, including medicine, healthcare, and biomedical research
  • Transitioning a greater number of high school students from the targeted population into pre-professional health career programs in college.

High school students from these groups are invited to apply for a six-day college immersion camp. The experience provides deep exploration into health sciences majors and careers in an on-campus, college experience. From August 6 to 11, students will live on the UD campus to learn from and engage with university faculty, researchers, graduate students and undergraduate mentors. The camp experience includes a variety of health sciences and college preparatory topics, including:

Physical Therapy’s Greg Seymour teaches campers about harness system rehabilitation in the Delaware Physical Therapy Clinic.

  • Premedical studies
  • Health behavior
  • Nutrition
  • Nursing
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Global health
  • Biotechnology and applied molecular biotechnology
  • Medical laboratory sciences
  • Kinesiology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Communication sciences and disorders
  • Career planning
  • College admissions
  • Health professions

Sample day

  • Breakfast
  • Career planning
  • Premedical and Health Profession Studies
  • Lunch
  • Behavioral Health & Nutrition
  • Hospital visit
  • Dinner
  • Reflection time
  • Fun activities

About the college

The College of Health Sciences is training the next generation of healthcare leaders. Students benefit from enriched classroom, laboratory, and clinical experiences and other experiential learning opportunities.

The college awards undergraduate degrees in exercise science, nursing, medical laboratory science, medical diagnostics, athletic training, applied nutrition, dietetics, nutritional sciences, health behavior science and occupational therapy. The college is also the home to the #1 physical therapy graduate program in the nation (ranking by U.S. News & World Report).

Students acquire knowledge and skills in health practices, therapies, and interventions that allow them to change local and global communities. Graduating Blue Hens emerge equipped to pursue careers in various health professions, advanced medical degrees or to pursue scientific investigation. The healthcare of the future depends on interdisciplinary teams of clinicians; thus, the College offers inter-professional education and undergraduate research opportunities.

The College of Health Sciences is the living embodiment of the future of healthcare. And this future is not simply something that our students, faculty, and staff hope to see one day; it is happening here and now.








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