Biomedical students

The Health Careers Opportunity Program at Marquette University is a federally funded program that provides opportunities for disadvantaged students who are interested in health professions. Our programs range from recruitment efforts at local middle schools to retention of students enrolled in professional programs at Marquette.

For more information about Marquette University’s Health Careers Opportunity Program, please explore the links below or contact us directly.

A History of Diversity and Achievement

HCOP is sponsored by a federal grant through the Department of Health and Human Services, which provides academic and support services for disadvantaged students.

Any disadvantaged student who is accepted into the program can receive a wide range of services, including tutorial assistance, personal counseling and academic advising. Many HCOP students also give back to the program by coordinating programs, working as peer advisers and serving as mentors in the high school programs.

Qualifying for Assistance

Students may qualify for assistance by being from educationally disadvantaged backgrounds or a financially disadvantaged background as determined by government guidelines.

Dedication to Diversity

Marquette is among the nation's leaders in educating disadvantaged students. Federal funding for Marquette's HCOP program began in 1981 with the School of Dentistry and in 1992 with the Department of Physical Therapy. Since 1996, the School of Dentistry has partnered with the Physical Therapy Department and College of Health Sciences in a joint HCOP effort. Since 1981, our HCOP programs have graduated more than 680 health professionals from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Marquette's Department of Physical Therapy has also received numerous national awards for its minority initiatives from the American Physical Therapy Association. These include the Student Outreach for Cultural Diversity Awareness Award, three Minority Scholarship Awards for Excellence, the Minority Initiatives Award and the Minority Achievement Award.

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The curriculum includes the opportunity to take course work in the following majors:


For more information about Marquette's Health Careers Opportunity Program, please contact us at (414) 288-5505 or via email.