Teacher Education

CHAMPS (Careers in Health and Medical Professions)

Program Overview


Joanne Goodell Ph. D
Office: JH 346
Phone:  216-687-5240
Email:  j.goodell@csuoho.edu
Email: champs@csuohio.edu

The CHAMPS program is an academically enriching and personally rewarding experience that introduces high school students to a wide variety of high-wage, high-skills careers in health and medicine. It seeks to improve their knowledge and understanding in Science and Mathematics, enhance the regional health science education pipeline, and transition a greater number of high school students into pre-professional health career programs in college. An important aspect of this program is introducing students to health professions early in their academic career through authentic learning experiences and professionals in the field.

Our curriculum is multidisciplinary and promotes problem solving by completing hands-on research activities and projects. These experiences transform students into medical detectives, challenging them to explore health and disease using CSU’s research laboratories, equipment, and resources. Students engage in learning opportunities with CSU students & faculty, medical doctors, and other healthcare professionals

Four unique yet interrelated purposes drive the CHAMPS program. Specifically, the CHAMPS program seeks to:

• deliver an academically enriching six-week summer institute anchored in science and mathematics.
• increase awareness of health careers.
• enhance academic skills with particular emphasis on deep learning.
• improve 21st century skills.

The Summer Institute occurs on the CSU campus in June and July and is offered at no cost through the generous support of the Health Careers Opportunities Program (HCOP) through the Federal  Health Resources and Services (HRSA) Administration.

Goals of the program

• Build awareness of medical and health careers.
• Increase knowledge in the sciences and math.
• Enhance readiness for college.
• Sharpen personal skills for the 21st century.

Application Information

Eligibility criteria for admission require students to have completed their sophomore year of high school (rising juniors,seniors and college freshmen) with a 3.0 or higher GPA.

Applications for our new CHAMPS 360 6-week Summer Session (June 11-July 19) will be available in March 2018. 

Note: This summer's CHAMPS cohort will be offered to low income 11th and 12th graders as well as Pell grant-eligible college freshmen and sophomores.  Details to follow.