Health Navigator Course

The Health Professions Institute provides opportunities for high school students to explore different areas of health care as a career discipline. Students will engage in lectures and labs with the College’s faculty. Additionally, participants will have many opportunities to converse with health care professionals including physicians, nurses, health care administrators, and research scientists.

The Institute will focus on career exploration, college immersion, and a variety of learning activities. By conducting lab work, traveling to local health care facilities, and working in small groups, students will prepare a professional poster presentation for the final day of the Institute.

Research and labs will cover a range of topics selected by faculty and could include:

  • Alzheimer’s Research
  • Genetics/Data Analysis
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Food as Medicine
  • Environmental Factors and Health Implications

Health Professions Institute at Juniata College



July 8–12, 2018

Who Should Attend?

Rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have expressed interest in working in health care and want to know more about health careers.

Any questions regarding the institute should be directed to Colton Bright, Health Professions Institute Coordinator: 814-641-3603 or

  • Health Professions Institute at Juniata College
  • July 8–12, 2018
  • includes all meals, housing, and transportation to off-campus sites
  • $850

Why Attend the Health Professions Institute at Juniata?

Juniata College has specialized in preparing students for careers in the sciences for over 140 years.

With major grants received from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health, Juniata provides students with many unique opportunities to learn by doing. Juniata’s health professions committee and alumni are dedicated to helping students find the best hands-on experiences. Recent locations for internships have included Altoona Family Medicine, the DNA Analysis Unit of the FBI, Geisinger Health System, Harvard, J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital within walking distance from campus, and a clinic operated by So Others May Eat in Washington, D.C., as well as large and small animal veterinary practices.

Graduation results in the health professions include Juniata College’s current 90% average medical school placement rate, which has been held for more than 40 years. Acceptances to top-tier institutions such as Duke, Johns Hopkins, University of Pennsylvania, University of Washington, Harvard, and University of Pittsburgh are the norm.

Juniata College is an independent, co-educational, liberal arts college of 1,600 students located in Huntingdon, within the scenic Allegheny Mountain region of central Pennsylvania. Founded in 1876, Juniata is ranked among top-tier private liberal arts colleges nationally.

Health Professions Director

Amanda Siglin Amanda Siglin

Amanda Siglin, Ph.D. is the Director of the Health Professions Program and Chair of the Health Professions Committee at Juniata. Siglin is a member of both the National and Northeast Associations of Advisors for the Health Professions and holds a leadership position with the National organization. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the South Central PA AHEC. She administers the program and serves as general advisor for all health professions students.