Urban Health Fellows Program

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Urban Health Fellows program?
Cleveland State University has inaugurated an Urban Health Fellows program designed to help you make a smooth transition to university life, succeed in your academic pursuits, and learn more about health careers. The ultimate goal of the program is to help you develop the skills that will enable you to be successful in being accepted to a health professional program and completing the program.

The Urban Health Fellows Program is designed for freshman and sophomore students at CSU who are interested in pursuing careers in a health care field. It is open to students interested in any of the wide range of health professional careers (medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech and hearing, physician assisting, nursing, etc.).

What does the program involve?
The Urban Health Fellows program will offer academic and personal support, and enrichment. You will participate in a variety of activities with other pre-health students so that you begin to make friends and establish a social network as soon as you begin your studies at CSU. Some activities are required, some are optional, but all are designed to make your university experience both more successful and more enjoyable.

Required activities:

  • Advising: You will have an academic advisor and an advisor who knows about health professional programs. Both advisors can help to make sure you take the right courses in the right sequence. You will be expected to meet with your advisor at least once per semester, and to check in regularly by e-mail.
  • Mentoring: You will be matched with a student who is a junior, senior, or graduate student at CSU, someone who is also interested in a career in a health profession. You will meet your mentor at a social event very soon after the beginning of the fall semester, and will then meet with him or her at least twice a month (either in person or electronically). You will be provided with a special app for your smart phone or computer so you can communicate with your mentor (and others in the program). Your mentor will help you get involved with campus life, give you advice about succeeding in classes, and help you learn what it’s like to prepare to apply to a health professional program.
  • Tutoring: A designated tutor, focused on biology and other important science courses, will be available to help you make sure you get off on the right foot in the basic science courses that are so important to success in health professional programs. You’ll be required to see the tutor at least monthly, and encouraged to spend time more frequently with the tutor if you need additional help.

Optional activities:
Every semester, students will be provided opportunities to attend special lectures by faculty and health care providers, case conferences, and participate in service learning activities, field visits, and other health-related programming designed to help them become familiar with the range of professions from which they might choose, and to acquire the academic and personal attributes that are required for success in health professional education. You must participate in at least three activities each semester that have a health focus. There’s a wide array of activities to choose from, including:

  • Service learning opportunities through Viking Expeditions
  • Lectures/seminars/workshops by noted authorities on health-related subjects
  • Join and participate in events sponsored by CSU student organizations. Your mentors will help you find activities related to academic, service, pre-professional and career based, as well as person interest groups!
  • And many more.

From time to time, we’ll also have social events to help you get to know your mentors, the other Urban Health Fellows, and some of the faculty.

Why should I participate?
Moving from high school to university can be challenging. There are different expectations for your academic work, and new resources to help you. If you’re interested in a health profession, you need to  make the adjustment very quickly because you’ll need to earn good grades right away. This program is designed to assist you in doing so.

In addition, students who successfully complete the first year of the program will be eligible to continue in their sophomore year. You will have opportunities that help you build your resume and strengthen your application, and you may receive a book scholarship in the second year.

Am I eligible?
Students interested in health professions who meet one of the following criteria are eligible to apply:

  • Graduated from a Cleveland Metropolitan School OR a Cleveland charter school OR an inner ring suburb school;
  • Participated in a high school pipeline program;
  • First generation in family to attend college;
  • Live in the City of Cleveland and are recommended by a community or school leader (pastor, guidance counselor, volunteer organization leader, etc.).

What does it cost?
There is no cost for the program. Supplies, materials, and cost of travel for activities that are part of the program will be covered (NOTE: this does not apply to travel outside of the Cleveland area, although for Viking Expeditions and other travel programs, some financial support is available).

How do I apply?
Please fill out the application form. You may submit an electronic application, or you can also print a paper application and bring it with you to your orientation session this summer to give to the advisor at that time, or mail it to the address at the bottom of the application.

What if I have more questions?
You may contact Kerri Caine at (216) 687-9321
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Mailing Address
Cleveland State University
COSHP Advising Center
2121 Euclid Avenue, MC 218B
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
Campus Location
1899 East 22nd St.
Main Classroom Room 218B
Phone: 216.687.9321

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