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Education Programs
CESLAC has three major components which fulfill our mission. Click on any of them for more information:
MEDPEP Program
Student Research Program SRP 199
UCLA Courses

M├ędicos, Enfermeros, y Dentistas Para El Pueblo (MEDPEP) is a Medical Preparation and Education Pipeline program designed to support low-income Latino and underrepresented minority (URM) students through their community college experience and transition to 4-year universities and health professional programs.
MEDPEP accomplishes this mission by:
  1. Identifying URM students with an interest in graduate health science education
  2. Conference and research participation
  3. Providing academic workshops
  4. Leadership development
  5. Parent/Family support
MEDPEP is administered by the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture (CESLAC) at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, the leading research institute in California that provides reliable data on Latino health


SRP (Student Research Program) allows UCLA students to conduct research with a mentor for unit credit. CESLAC has been a strong participant in SRP for several years and has given many student researchers the opportunity to to to work with us. For more information on the SRP 199 program, click here.

Richard Rodriguez, a Cerritos College transfer student and recent SRP 199 participant at CESLAC, describes his experience: "Working with CESLAC was an enjoyable experience. The people were supportive, friendly, and I learned quite a bit. It was helpful for my transition into UCLA to be working at the Center and made my first quarter very enjoyable. The project I was assigned was very interesting---it was to prepare a presentation about the US medical system for the purposes of educating other pre-health students. As a Chemistry major I thought it would be an easy task, but it proved to be quite complex. In the course of writing this presentation I was introduced to the history of medicine in the US, UK, Japan, Germany, and Canada, as well as the financing, policy, and structuring of health care in these nations. I recommend participating in SRP 199 with CESLAC to anyone interested."


Dr. David Hayes-Bautista developed a course entitled "Health of Latino Populations in Los Angeles County and California," which is taught through both the Chicano Studies and Public Health departments (Chicano Studies M106 and Public Health M106). This course was the inspiration for the MedPEP course, Health Occupations 100, now taught at several community colleges. The course goals include:

1) Introduce students to major health issues facing Latino populations in Los Angeles County and California.

2) Transform a student's individual interest in health into a health professional educational goal.

3) Introduce students to basic statistical and policy information regarding health issues of concern to URM populations.

Catalog Description:

M106. Health in Chicano/Latino Population. (4) Lecture, four hours; discussion, one hour. Designed for juniors/seniors. Examination of Chicano/ Latino health status through life expectancy, causes of death, reportable diseases, services utilization, provider supply, and risk behaviors within demographic/immigration changes. Binational review of health effects in the U.S. and Mexico.


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