Mission Statement and History

Our mission: To recruit underserved and underrepresented high school students into science and medicine, and in so doing, to work towards eliminating disparities in physician and scientist training, health care treatment, and health care access.

Our history: Organized by the Student National Medical Association (SNMA), HPREP is a nation-wide high school science enrichment program aimed at recruiting African-American, Native American, and Latino high school students into the science and health professions.  Under the mentorship of medical school faculty and medical students, HPREP participants (high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors) are introduced to various topics in medicine, science and public health—with special emphasis on problems and issues affecting minority communities.

Though historically a part of the HMS SNMA community service efforts, HPREP became inactive in 2004. During the 2007-2008 academic year, a group of HMS students revitalized the program, organizing a 6 week program for fourteen students. HPREP has recruited graduate student teachers and mentors from several Harvard programs including MPH students from Harvard School of Public Health and PhD students from Division of Medical Sciences. Through the efforts of our volunteers and with the support of our sponsors, we are now able to welcome over 50 high school students to HPREP for an expanded curriculum of 9 weeks.

Our Objectives:

  • To increase the number of minorities entering the health professions and science fields.
  • To increase high school student awareness of opportunities available in the health professions through mentorship, career panels, discussions, and research projects.
  • To facilitate mentor-mentee relationships between under-represented high school students, medical students, and faculty of health science institutions.
  • To heighten participants’ awareness of the unique needs of minority and economically disadvantaged communities.
  • To advise college-bound minority high school student on college survival skills and the premedical/science curriculum.