UPHCSA is still accepting applications for the 2024 program.

Join us in Pittsburgh this summer for four exciting weeks of exploring careers in health care! 

Program dates are June 23 - July 20, 2024.  Tuition is $3500. If you are interested in applying, please contact us at pgshc@pitt.edu for details.


This residential academic summer program introduces and exposes participants to a wide variety of opportunities in the field of health care.  If you have additional questions, please contact our office at pgshc@pitt.edu









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 application deadline.

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