Minority Introduction To the Health Sciences

Program sponsored jointly by the
Black Alumni of Loma Linda &
La Sierra Universities and Loma Linda University


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, sponsored by the Loma Linda University (LLU) and Black Alumni of Loma Linda and La Sierra University (BALL). Students spend three weeks at Loma Linda University, totally immersed in campus life. The students accepted will have a first-hand opportunity to experience what happens on a health sciences university campus and be exposed to basic sciences (anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pathology, pharmacology), clinical courses (nursing, medicine, medical technology, dentistry, dental hygiene, physical therapy, public health) and research. Students will also develop time management and study skills in a workshop program specifically designed for them. The MITHS experience will prepare students for their senior year of high school and expose them to what to expect in college.

How Much Does It Cost?

The great news is that the MITHS program is FREE to the participants. If you are selected, your room, board, and educational expenses will be covered by the Black Alumni of Loma Linda University, the Loma Linda University School of Medicine, and the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. Your transportation to and from Loma Linda University will be your responsibility and your only major expense. You should have medical insurance coverage from an individual or group plan in your or your parent's name.

Who Can Apply?

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

  • Junior in high school
  • High academic standing - 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

Who Will Do the Instruction?

The MITHS courses will be taught by faculty from the School of Medicine and School of Dentistry who teach the regular medical school courses to LLU students. The MITHS research program will be led by research scientists employed in the health science programs of the various professional schools of Loma Linda University.

How Do I Apply?

Each applicant must meet the application criteria, complete online application, and submit required mailed documents by application deadline, March 9, 2018. Applicants that do not meet criteria and/or submit incomplete applications will not be considered.

Online Application includes:

  • MITHS Application
    • Copy of PSAT, SAT and/or ACT scores.
    • Two typed Essays -300 words or less.
      1. 1. Autobiographic Essay
      2. 2. Mentor Essay
    • 2x2 passport size photo
    • Copy of birth certificate, passport or resident card (required for proof of citizenship)
  • Additional mailed documents:
    • Official High School Transcripts - 9th, 10th, 11th (first semester transcripts). Overall accumulative GPA 3.5 or higher. Transcripts must have the school seal and signature enclosed in an envelope. Transcripts will be considered “unofficial” and “incomplete” without a school seal and signature (no exceptions).
    • Letter of recommendation from a guidance counselor or principal on school stationary, sealed and signed (official letter).
    • Letter of recommendation from a science or math teacher on school stationary, sealed and signed (official letter).
    • Letter of recommendation from SDA Church pastor on church stationary, sealed and signed (official letter).

All mailed documents can be sent to:

Loma Linda University School of Medicine
Attention: MITHS Summer Program – Dean’s Office
11175 Campus Street, CP-A1116,
Loma Linda, California 92350

Applicants will be informed on or before Monday, May 7, 2018 if they were selected into the MITHS program. Selected participants will be required to sign an agreement on following rules and regulations.

Key Dates:

  • March 9, 2018 - Application Deadline:
  • May 7, 2018 - Selected Participants Notified
  • July 2 -26, 2018 –MITHS Program Dates   


  • December of junior year in high school, you should have taken your PSAT, SAT, or ACT exam.
  • February of junior year, you are to submit the application with all required documentation by the deadline date listed on the application.
  • March – Applicants will be notified by e-mail to confirm their application was received.
  • April-May – Either the last week of April or first week of May, the MITHS Selection Committee will review applications and select participants.
  • May – Students will be informed on the second week of May, if they where selected, on the wait-list, or disqualified by e-mail. Further communication occurs between the MITHS Assistant and the participants by e-mail.
  • June – July – The MITHS program begins on the LLU campus. After three-weeks the participants end the program and go home.

The MITHS application is available in Portable Document Format (PDF).

MITHS application

For More Information

Please call or write:
Dr. Leroy A. Reese
Patricia Sandoval, Med Ed/LLU Dean’s Office
1720 Cesar E. Chavez Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Phone: 323-881-8840
E-mail: sandovp1@ah.org

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