important update

Due to CDC guidelines, Loma Linda University Health has made the difficult decision to cancel our campus events until June 1, 2020, including this year's MITHS summer program. Please join us next year for participation in the program. There are several sources for reliable information regarding the virus, including the CDC and


MITHS is a challenging three-week summer program designed to introduce black Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) high school students to careers in the health sciences. During the course, participants will be immersed in the Loma Linda University (LLU) campus life by experiencing first-hand opportunities on what happens at a health sciences university campus. Participants will be introduced to the health sciences by exploring topics ranging from medicine, dentistry, nursing, physical therapy, pharmacy, behavioral health, allied health, public health and healthcare administration. In order to best prepare students for higher education in these careers, a focus on enhancing test-taking skills in anatomy and physiology, mathematics, reading comprehension and writing will be implemented throughout the program. Students will be able to listen to courses taught by faculty from LLU, tour the hospital and simulation center, and learn the fundamentals of professions in the health sciences. Additionally, students will enjoy the richness of Southern California by participating in group outings around the area. The MITHS experience strives to prepare students for their senior year of high school and expose them on what to expect in college through an interactive experience.

Sponsored by Loma Linda School of Medicine.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost?

The great news is that the MITHS program is FREE to participants. If you are selected, your room, board, and educational expenses will be covered by Loma Linda University. Students will be responsible for the cost of transportation to and from Loma Linda, laundry and spending money for extracurricular activities. Proof of medical insurance coverage from an individual or group plan is also required.

Who can apply?

MITHS participants will be selected from a pool of black applicants who meet the following criteria:

  • Junior in high school
  • Overall GPA of 3.5+
  • High academic performance in science and math courses
  • Seventh-day Adventist Church membership or affiliation
  • Citizenship record in good and regular standing
  • Participation in leadership, school activities, and community service
  • Strong interest in a career in the health sciences

How do I apply?

Each applicant must meet the application criteria, complete the online application, and submit required mailed documents by the application deadline.

What is the application process?

ach applicant must meet the application requirements, complete an online application, and submit mailed documents by application deadline.

  1. Complete online application
  2. Three letters of recommendation upon submitting an application (by mail)
    • One Academic Reference (science or math teacher)
    • One Guidance Counselor Reference (guidance counselor or principal)
    • One Pastoral Reference (SDA church pastor or chaplain)
  3. Two application essays
  4. PSAT, SAT, or ACT score results
  5. Submit official transcript (by mail)