Welcome to UCLA PSHP
Pathways for Students into Health Professions Program

The UCLA Pathways for Students into Health Professions (PSHP) Program, focuses on ensuring the success of underrepresented and disadvantaged undergraduate students at UCLA who wish to pursue careers in maternal and child health (MCH) professions.  The PSHP Program has existing resources in the Schools of Public Health, Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Public Affairs/Social Welfare, and the undergraduate campus that provide a unique and exciting curriculum for the PSHP students as well as the support and resources to optimize their ability to successfully enter graduate or professional schools. 

Goals and Objectives

  • Increase the number of underrepresented and disadvantaged students pursuing undergraduate education related to maternal and child health
  • Provide mentoring and support and resources needed to ensure that PSHP students enter graduate or professional school
  • Enhance the knowledge, skills and attitudes required for public health practice and leadership for undergraduate students who are on a career track for entering MCH-related professions

Program Highlights

  • Faculty Mentoring:  Each trainee is matched with a faculty mentor who will assist with academic and career development
  • Summer Internships: Paid “hands on” experience in public health organizations throughout Los Angeles County.
  • Foundations of Maternal and Child Health: Four-unit course which provides an introduction to the discipline of maternal and child health with a focus on major issues affecting the health and well-being of children over the life course
  • Educational Opportunities: Summer leadership development series; MCH seminars lead by schools of medicine and public health faculty; site visits to hospitals and clinics; graduate and medical school application assistance
  • Community Service:  Trainees gain valuable service learning experience working in medically underserved communities. 
  • Academic Minor: Students interested in applying to the public health minor receive faculty support and guidance

Eligibility Requirements

  • Open to rising UCLA freshmen and sophomores
  • Must agree to enroll in or have completed the HPM 140: Foundations of Maternal and Child Health course
  • Must complete internship during Summer Session A
  • Must commit to a minimum of two-hours per week of community service
  • Maintain good attendance at PSHP-sponsored seminars and networking events

Application Process

  • Complete PSHP Student Application
  • Submit DPR or unofficial transcript