Health Career Opportunity Programs
Assistant Dean and Associate Director
Office of Health Career Opportunity Programs
It is a pleasure to welcome you to the Department of Health Career
Opportunity Programs (HCOP). We are committed to the recruitment
and retention of students from diverse groups who are underrepresented
in the health professions. Statistics show that underrepresented
groups as a percentage of the overall population are steadily increasing.
However, the percentage of these individuals who are practicing health
professionals has not seen an equivalent increase. Health
professionals play an important role in the welfare and stability of a
nation. As older generations of health care providers retire, more
and more individuals will be needed to replace them. To ensure
that we have individuals with the skills necessary to continue excellent
health care services, we must develop a diverse competitive applicant
pool ready to be trained and assume the role of the retiring
individuals. The philosophy of our Department is to develop and
maintain a strong diverse pipeline of individuals who are committed to
improving the quality of life for all. Thus, we have many programs
that are aimed at strengthening the pipeline. Starting with the
Great Explorations Program in the middle schools and continuing with
many programs in high school and college, students have an opportunity
to be exposed to the various health professions and explore the endless
possibilities in health careers.
The Department also provides a nurturing environment to those
students who are enrolled in the Schools of Medicine and Dental Medicine
and the Graduate Programs at the University of Connecticut Health
Center. These students are also given the opportunity to serve as
mentors to the students of the many high school and college programs
sponsored by the Department. Support is also provided to the
Student National Medical Association and the Student National Dental
Association/Hispanic Student Dental Association.
We invite you to be a part of the Health Career Opportunity Programs
experience here at the University of Connecticut Health Center.
Please contact us for further information at 860-679-3483 or you may
contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.