Applications for the 2021 program will be accepted until March 29. Please contact the Director at pgshc@pitt.edu for instructions.


The 2021 UPHCSA program will be four weeks of virtual classes (June 28 - July 23). We also plan to offer a one-week day program on campus the week of July 26 - 31. Students must participate in the virtual classes in order to attend the day program.


Tuition for the virtual program will be $1375. There will be a separate fee for the day program (TBD). 

Please note: due to the virtual format, some modifications to the curriculum will be necessary (for example, there will not be any shadowing opportunities).



About the Academy

The dynamic world of health care plus the expertise of University of Pittsburgh academics and facilities. This educational mixture shapes a unique, academically rigorous, hands-on campus experience for students attending the Health Career Scholars Academy (UPHCSA) each summer. The Academy is often a springboard for future studies in medicine.


Eligibility: current high school sophomore or junior; at least 15 years of age by February 26, 2021.

Program is open to U.S. and international students who meet the criteria listed above.


Our Students

Our Students

  • Academically talented young men and women ages 15-18
  • Among 100 students selected from high school each year
  • Chosen for the month-long June/July Academy at one of the top medical centers in the United States


“UPHCSA provided me the opportunity to gain valuable insight into the multifaceted nature of medicine and patient care, all while interacting with like-minded, dedicated peers!“
— 2009, Alumnus
“The program greatly affected my life. I had such a positive living & learning experience.  The program is quite reputable and I am proud, even privileged, to have been a part of it.”
— 2013, Alumnus
“I was able to explore the different areas in the health care field, including areas that I do not usually hear much about, such as occupational therapy and bioengineering.”
— 2012, Alumnus
“Coming back from UPHCSA, I realized that there is nothing I want more than to be a doctor and now I know that I will let nothing get in the way of my achieving that goal.”
— 2013, Alumnus