Summer Health Academy - Frequently Asked Questions
What programs do you consider to be a health profession? The student can be enrolled in any degree program, we will assess their health career interest via their personal statement. We will be accepting students interested in all health careers including the following: Dental Hygiene Dentistry Dietetics Forensic Science Medical Technology Medicine Nursing Nutrition Occupational Therapy Optometry Psychology Pharmacy Physical Therapy Physician Assistant Public Health Social Work & Welfare Speech Pathology & Audiology Sports Medicine Veterinary Medicine
Where is your office located? University of Hawaii at Manoa - Queen Liliuokalani Center for Student Services Room 413. Due to COVID-19, we are serving students virtually. HCOP is a program of the Office for Student Equity Excellence and Diversity (SEED).
Who can I talk to for more information about the SHA? Please contact the Director, Agnes Malate, at email@example.com to schedule an appointment.
Who can apply to the Summer Health Academy? Students who will be attending a college within the University of Hawai‘i system in the Fall 2021 semester (Priority will be given to incoming transfer and freshmen students at UH Mānoa)
What is the criteria? http://uhmhcop.weebly.com/eligibility-criteria.html
When is the application deadline? Application will open in April 2021 Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to apply.
How do I apply? Check back in April 2021 for application instructions.
Can I have a hard copy application? Please email email@example.com if you prefer a hard copy of the application
What’s in the application packet? Information needed to complete the online application: -Education background of applicant's parents and grandparents -Family and individual income information -Current and previous college enrollment information -Completed personal statement essay to upload into the application -Contact information for two references
Who can I ask to be a reference? Two references are required. - The first reference should be a professor or counselor. The person should be able to comment on your academic qualifications and on your potential to succeed in the HCOP Summer Health Academy and pursue a career in health. - The second reference should be an employer, pastor, or extra-curricular advisor (coach, club advisor, community leader). The person should be able to comment on your personal attributes and abilities indicating your potential to be a competent compassionate future health care worker, as well as demonstrated commitment to serve the community.
How do I request someone to be a reference? Think about professors, advisors, counselors, and employers who you have a good relationship with. Visit this wonderful resource for a guide on how to make similar requests: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/undergrad/pac/health/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Letter-of-Rec-Handout-Final.pdf
How long will it take to finish the application? If you have all of the information required for the application ready (see next question), it will take approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour to input the information into the application. Please take time to complete the personal statement prior to completing the application.
Can I save my application and come back and finish it later? Application must be completed in one sitting, progress will not be saved. Please allow 30 minutes to 1 hour to complete the application. The application will be available in April 2021. Information needed to complete the application
Completed personal statement to upload into the application
Education background of applicant's parents and grandparents
Family and individual income information
Current and previous college enrollment information
Contact information of your references
How many students are selected into the program? 20 students
How many outer-island student are selected into the program? up to 10 students
What happens in the interviews? Members of the selection committee will take turns asking the applicant a series of questions. The interview will be about between 30-45 minutes.
Do I need to be a current college student in order to apply? Students who will be attending a college within the University of Hawai‘i system in the Fall 2021 semester can apply.
I’m a senior in high school, but still deciding where I want to attend college, but I am interested in the SHA, can I still apply? Yes, please apply and let us know if you decide not to attend a school in the University of Hawaii system. There will also be a deadline for students to commit to our SHA.
I have not been accepted to UH Mānoa but am thinking of attending a couple years from now, can I still apply? Yes, please apply! Although priority is given to incoming freshmen and transfer students to UH Manoa, students who will be attending a college within the University of Hawai‘i system in the Fall 2021 semester can apply.
Will I be shadowing a professional? Due to COVID-19, in-person shadowing is on hold for Summer 2021.
What are some of the activities that I will participate in? - Summer activities and core components include: - Assessments (career, learning skills, personality type inventory). - Orientation to college life and resources. - Sessions on common healthcare issues. - Communication skills (oral and written) and research training. - Health career resources and mentoring support. - Cultural awareness activities. - Ohana (family) orientation for incoming students and their families.
How long is the program? The program is for 3-weeks. Program dates are June 14, 2021 to July 2, 202
After successfully completing the program, will I be receiving college credits? At this time, the SHA is not offering course credits for students.