Health career recruitment

Program basics

  • Programs that recruit and train students who are typically underrepresented in health careers
  • Services may include career and academic advising, admissions counseling, access to advanced classes in health science subjects, practical work experiences and internships, and case management

Strength of evidence

Evidence level: Proven (highest tier)

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Proven (highest tier)

Ranked as having the highest level of evidence by County Health Rankings and Roadmaps


Target population

High school-aged children

Program cost

Not available

Implementation locations

  • Nationwide

Dates active

Not available

Outcomes and impact

  • Increased academic achievement and educational attainment
  • Increased high school graduation rates
  • Improved competitiveness of applicants for postsecondary education
  • Increased college enrollment
  • Improved professional skills
  • Longer interventions have stronger and more long-lasting effects than shorter programs

Keys to successful implementation

  • Note: This content is under review
  • Interventions that occur earlier in the educational pipeline demonstrate stronger results in increasing applications from underrepresented groups.
  • Inadequate institutional resources, strained personal finances, insufficient guidance, and societal barriers are often cited as challenges to persisting in health career pipeline programs.
  • Summer experience programs can increase the likelihood of program acceptance, and research mentorships may increase the likelihood that students complete programming.
  • For college students, programs should identify participants early in enrollment to help them complete math and science courses with grades strong enough for medical school acceptance.
  • Connecting students with current physicians, dentists, pharmacists, and medical students who can serve as mentors can encourage medical school entry.

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