Headlands Indian Health Careers is an intense
academic enrichment and
reinforcement program consisting of mini-block courses in
calculus, chemistry, physics, biology, writing and other communication
skills (See Weekly Schedule under Program Links).
Courses are designed to increase the student's background
and skills so s/he is better prepared for required college-level
math and science course work in pre-health programs. These
courses improve study habits for college work, raise the student's
chances of success in college, and increase the probability
of admission to a health professional school. Topics are presented
in a series of lectures and laboratories, supplemented with
The program also informs students of the variety of health
careers available, especially the need for American Indian
health professionals. Special lectures concerning medicine
and the healing arts in American Indian culture will be given
by prominent American Indian health personnel.
American Indian students planning to enter health
careers and presently in their senior year of high
school or freshman year of college are eligible
Students must have completed at least two years of algebra
and a minimum of two science courses and maintained a 2.50
GPA (A=4.0). Graduation from high school must be completed,
and verification of acceptance to a college will be required
prior to the beginning of the program.
Participants are selected primarily on the basis of:
plans to enter the health sciences;
performance in science and mathematics; and
and aptitude for pursuing a health science career.
attempt is made to obtain a regional representation of students
from across the nation. However, the primary consideration
is to select students who will benefit most from the program.
All expenses are paid. Each participant will be provided
with free room, board and tuition during the eight-week program,
as well as round-trip air transportation. Each participant
also receives a $500 stipend over the course of the summer.
This is not a summer camp - it is an intensive and
rigorous academic program. You will be expected to attend
all classes and field trips, keep up with a rigorous
schedule (which includes 12 hours of class, lab and study
sessions per day, five days a week, with activities scheduled
on weekends) and large amounts of homework, and give
a formal cultural presentation (speech) concerning
If you are expecting an easy summer or vacation,
you will be rudely disappointed. If, on the other
hand, you are prepared to work hard and use your own initiative
to take advantage of opportunities for learning and growing,
your summer with the Headlands Program will offer you a better
chance of achieving your goal in a health profession.