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Undergraduate Programs

The Health Careers Opportunity Program, San Diego Regional Consortium (HCOP/SDRC)

CCH is committed to maintaining an educational pipeline for health and allied health professions preparation of Underrepresented and Disadvantaged students. To achieve this goal, UCSD SOM established The Health Careers Opportunity Program, San Diego Regional Consortium (HCOP/SDRC) which is a partnership with The San Diego State University (SDSU) Pre-College Institute (PCI), The Scripps San Diego Border Area Health Education Center (SD/AHEC), nine Community Colleges participating in the UCSD “UniversityLink” Transfer Student Guarantee Program and 12 of their “feeder” middle and high schools in inner city, border, east suburban and rural communities.

In order to address each step in the educational pipeline, the partners conduct academic enrichment programs that address the barriers to developing the knowledge, accessing the resources, and obtaining the academic preparation that can lead to a career in the health care workforce. These programs include: the UniversityLink Medical Science Program (ULMSP) and the Research Methodology Training Laboratory (RMTL).

  • The Research Methodology Training Lab (RMTL) supports the placement of rising high school junior and senior and community college and undergraduate university students from disadvantaged groups and populations at risk of experiencing health disparities in the RMTL and in other laboratories at the UC San Diego Health Sciences. The RMTL provides students with hands-on laboratory experience while working on original projects in biochemistry. Students also participate in daily seminars that include discussions of issues in health disparities research, cultural competency, undergraduate and graduate school admissions, manuscript and poster development, presentation skills, and goal setting.
  • The UniversityLink Medical Science Program (ULMSP) is a health workforce development program that assists and prepares community college students from disadvantaged backgrounds to successfully transfer to university, graduate with majors in the biomedical, behavioral and health sciences and compete for positions in graduate and health professions schools and/or enter the scientific or healthcare workforce. ULMSP is an expansion and adaptation of the Stanford Medical Youth Science Program, which was established in 1988 at Stanford University to prepare high school students to pursue a college education and complete their study in the biological and physical sciences. ULMSP is a four-week summer residential program built around four key components leading to student success: Instrumental Mentoring; Professional Networking; Understanding and Navigating the Institutional Culture; and Skill Development. These components are addressed through workshops, lectures, field experiences, counseling, leadership activities, and research. Upon program completion, ULMSP facilitates student transfer to university, retention in the sciences, and entry into graduate and professional school.

CRCHD Training

Under the direction of Principal Investigators Sandra Daley, MD and Vivian M. Reznik, MD, MPH, the UCSD CRCHD provides the leadership, infrastructure and resources to achieve the following goals:

  • Expand minority health and health disparities research activities by conducting interdisciplinary biomedical, clinical, behavioral, and community-based applied research. Focus areas include the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of Cardiovascular, Hepatic, Glomerular diseases, HIV/AIDS, and Hypertension in Hispanic, African American, Native American, and other populations at risk for health disparities.
  • Provide health information to minority and other underserved communities, as well as inform the scientific and professional communities about health disparities; and promote the participation of health disparity groups in biomedical and behavioral research.
  • Prepare new investigators to conduct culturally relevant research in minority health and health disparities.
Contact: Shelia Broyles, PhD, MPH (619) 681-0664

Student Research

Our faculty members are available to work with undergraduate students on a variety of short-and long-term projects for elective and/or internship purposes. Please visit the links below to see a listing of our current projects and how to contact project coordinators or faculty associated with those projects.

UC San Diego AIP

Welcome to the Academic Internship Program! AIP provides opportunities to earn academic credit for an internship related to your academic studies and professional/career goals. Academic internships are an excellent way to:

  • Apply classroom learning in workplace settings
  • Engage in innovative research
  • Explore career interests and build professional networks
  • Develop the skills needed to succeed in the twenty-first century workplace

To qualify for the program you must have a minimum 2.5 GPA and you must have completed 90 units. The standard 4 unit AIP internship requires a commitment of 10 internship hours per week over the course of the quarter.

To find out more about interning at the Center for Community Health for academic credit, please see the AIP application deadlines and detailed information here:

The UniversityLink Medical Science Program supports community college students during their transition to university by providing them the knowledge and tools to be successful in their undergraduate studies and future health careers.