Health Professions Recruitment and Exposure Program
Applications open: Friday, September 9th, 2017
Application submission deadline: Saturday, October 1, 2017
The Health Professions Recruitment & Exposure Program (HPREP) is a free science and medicine outreach program hosted by Harvard Medical School that aims to recruit high school students (grades 9-12) from underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds into science, medicine, and public health by equipping you with the excitement, knowledge, skills, confidence, and community necessary to pursue education and careers in these fields. By eliminating educational disparities and increasing representation of underrepresented and disadvantaged groups in science and health professions, we ultimately seek to improve health access and outcomes in communities that face health disparities.
HPREP combines interactive science lessons with one-on-one mentoring and career/academic guidance. We focus on cultivating the skills you need to transform your passion into a career in science or medicine.
The program is offered free-of-charge to accepted students. Lunch and light afternoon snacks are provided. We also provide round-trip MBTA fare, and there are convenient transportation directions to Harvard Medical School here (our building is Tosteson Medical Education Center (TMEC), 260 Longwood Avenue). Due to budget limitation, we can only cover bus/T fare at this time, not commuter rail tickets.
Topics and activities from past HPREP seasons:
Microbiology, Viruses/Vaccines, Neuroscience, Human Organs, Scientific Reasoning, Sexual Health, Health Disparities, DNA Isolation, Genetics, Diabetes/Metabolism, Cardiovascular System, Molecules and Medicine
Career fair, Writing workshops, Life skills session, Diversity panel, Student science presentations
fulfilling program requirements, students are presented with a
certificate of completion at the closing ceremony in front of an
audience of family, mentors, and members of the Harvard community.
For more information, visit our website at www.hprep.wordpress.com, or send us an email at HPREP@hms.harvard.edu
Session DatesThe 2017-2018 HPREP season consists of ten Saturday sessions (9:00 AM to 4:00 PM) on:
- November 4, 2017
- November 11, 2017
- November 18, 2017
- Thanksgiving break
- December 2, 2017
- December 9, 2017
- Holiday break
- January 6, 2018
- January 13, 2018
- January 20, 2018
- January 27, 2018
- Flex day in case of earlier snow cancellations: February 3, 2018
- February 11, 2018 (Closing Ceremony)
Ready to submit an application?
Great! To complete an HPREP application, you will need to provide some basic information about yourself and respond to essay prompts. Prepare your essay responses and then click the Submit button at the bottom of this page to start your application.
You will then be asked to register an account with our application system. Using this account, you can save progress on your application so that you can work on it in parts. You must create an account under your own name so that we can properly track and communicate with you about your application.
Although we strongly prefer electronic applications, instructions for submitting a paper application are available at
We look forward to reading your application! For questions, please email HPREP@hms.harvard.edu
This application consists of short background questions, essay questions, a student contract, and a parent/guardian contract. Please complete all questions - incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Good luck!
HPREP Selection Criteria:
Our goal is to identify students who are passionate about exploring health and science and who will gain the most from the HPREP experience. We particularly seek students who come from underrepresented or disadvantaged backgrounds who face barriers to entering the fields of science or medicine. We seek to create “a level playing field” in our consideration of your application. We understand that our applicants come from different backgrounds, grade levels, study interests, and life experiences. Therefore we take into consideration all aspects of your application in order to make holistic admissions decisions. The essays are crucial in helping us to understand these aspects, and therefore are the most important components of the application.