Meharry health sciences leadership academy

Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools is redesigning its comprehensive high schools around the Career Academy model in which students and teaching teams form focused learning communities. Meharry Medical College is partnering with the Health Career Academies to increase the number and diversity of students progressing along the health workforce pipeline.

Activities support integrating health throughout the curriculum and linking classroom activities to real-world applications via professional development for interdisciplinary teaching teams, student produced health media content, student-led health outreach, and case-based learning activities.

High interaction with medical and research professionals is the thrust of the program. For example, students have taken part in:

  • A day-long Healthy People Challenge, in which 9th-graders solved problems based upon actual cases.
  • Health fairs, conducted by the students themselves alongside their teachers and mentors.
  • Health media workshops, 4-week summer activities that combined Media Academy students with Health Academy students to produce health literature.

Contact Principal Investigator Susan DeRiemer, Ph.D. for more information about the Health Sciences Academy.

Deriemer, Susan

Susan DeRiemer, Ph.D.

Professional and Medical Education
School: Medicine


This project is made possible by a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) Grant R25 RR026031 from the National Center for Research Resources, a component of the National Institutes of Health.