A group of students participating in the Health Sciences Academy

Health Sciences Academy

The Health Sciences Academy is a multi-year, tuition-free, enrichment program providing high school students with an opportunity to explore diverse career paths in health care.

Created in partnership with Portsmouth and Northampton County public schools, Health Sciences Academy brings students from those districts to the campus for firsthand health professions training.

Our students

Students are primarily rising tenth graders from underrepresented groups, both urban and rural backgrounds, who are interested in entering health related fields. Our program is a partnership with  Portsmouth, Chesapeake and Northampton County Public Schools.

A classroom full of HSA students in blue lab coats and masks.
HSA students with balloons, giving a presentation with a microphone.


Students engage in a variety of activities that include:

  • Medicine and public health lectures,
  • Tours of hospitals and health care organizations,
  • Completion of a capstone project, and much more.

All tasks support the academic and professional growth of our participants.

Our Goals

  • Expose students to the importance of post-secondary education
  • Help students explore pathways for a career in health sciences
  • Encourage characteristics needed to succeed in health sciences
  • Foster long-term mentorships with medical and health professionals
Three students wearing masks look at an ultrasound monitor

July 15 - July 26, 2024

Due to ongoing COVID restrictions, in-person logistics are subject to change.

Find out more on our Health Sciences Academy Flyer