The Summer Residential Enrichment Program is designed for college students who have a minimum of ninety semester hours or college graduates who are interested in pursuing a career in public health. Housed at UIC School of Public Health, the Summer Residential Enrichment Program seeks to inspire and prepare underrepresented and economically disadvantaged undergraduate students, college graduates and those changing professions to pursue graduate education and professional degrees in public health. SREP will use a comprehensive approach focusing on key concepts of public health and will include interaction with mentors who are at the forefront of public health and will stimulate participating students to consider public health as a career option.
Program activities will be guided by the following principles:
- Eliminate health disparities between minority and non-minority segments of the U.S. population
- Improve public health practices by improving professional preparation of disadvantaged and underrepresented professionals
- Enhance the quality of public health practice by improving the professional preparation of disadvantaged and underrepresented minorities
- Recognize that minority leadership in public health is essential for addressing the myriad of public health efforts directed towards the prevention of disease and the organization of health care systems
- Participate in efforts to collect and analyze data that could characterize and address the adverse health problems in minority and underserved populations
- Recognize that the consideration of socio-cultural and environmental contexts is essential to addressing the needs of minority population