If you would like to learn more about UPHCSA, please join us for a Zoom presentation on

January 12, 2023 (12:00 noon & 7:00 PM) or January 18, 2023 (7:00 PM). Email pgshc@pitt.edu to register.


Applications for the 2023 program are now available on the How to Apply page.

Deadline is February 22, 2023.


Dates for 2023: June 25 - July 22


Tuition for the 2023 program is $3300. The fee covers housing, 19 meals per week, most instructional materials, field trips, and social activities within the curriculum. It does not cover transportation to or from the program or the cost of optional social activities.


Each year a limited amount of financial aid is available to qualified students. There is a separate application for financial aid (also on the How to Apply page). This separate application should be submitted with the student's program application.



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