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Medical Focus Program

Health careers focus program

Our program was one of the first of its kind. Our goal when we started the Medical Focus Program over 25 years ago was to establish a culture of academic excellence with a focus on healthcare blended with social awareness, college and career readiness, and the confidence and ability to serve the healthcare needs of the community with compassion, justice, respect, and stewardship.

As the only high school in the United States governed by a Health Care system, Providence High School offers its Medical Focus Pioneers unparalleled exposure and access to working professionals in the various fields of Health Care. We partner with Providence St. Joseph Medical Center to take learning out of the classroom and into the offices and wards of the hospital to give students relevant, real-world experiences that enable them to see what it really takes to provide compassionate service to the poor and vulnerable.

The Curriculum

9th grade
Classes Offered
  • Introduction to Health Care: Health, Disease, & Health Care
  • Biology Honors HC1
Key Experiences

Visits to Providence St. Joseph Medical Center units of care

10th grade
Classes Offered
  • Chemistry Honors HC2


Key Experiences

Visits to Providence St. Joseph Medical Center units of care

11th grade
Classes Offered
  • Genetics & Biotechnology
  • Ethics in Health Care
Key Experiences

Hospital Internship: 100 Hours Expected

12th grade
Classes Offered

4th Year of Science Required. Students may choose from the following electives:

  • Anatomy & Physiology                
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Biology
  • Kinesiology/Sports Medicine
  • Neuroscience
  • Nutrition Science
  • Honors Physics
  • AP Physics
Key Experiences

Hospital Internship: 100 Hours Expected

The Experience

"Applying to the health career focus program was the best decision I made in high school. Not only did I join a family within the Providence family of like-minded, pre-medical and pre-health individuals, but I gained the science background, the testing skills, and the critical thinking skills that are now helping me to succeed in my masters of science in global medicine program now. I know these same skills will continue to help me as I matriculate into medical school. Volunteering in the hospital at such a young age, a critical part of the health careers focus program, has been invaluable-- physicians I work with never fail to be impressed, and this experience has helped me to gain positions in competitive medically related organizations. I would recommend this program to anyone considering a profession in medicine. It was a maturing and eye-opening experience-- and one I remember very fondly."

- Laura Lewis '06
Current Resident at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles 

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