Health Science Academy

Championing Diversity in the Health


Since 1994, the Health Science Academy (HSA) STEM pipeline afterschool program has served over 2,700 students including middle school, 9th graders, and our alumni. For the Fall 2020/Spring 2021 academic year, HSA anticipates serving almost 350 students, grades 6-12 and our alumni:  the 3-year Academy (10th-12th grades) will serve approximately 190 scholars from 12 partner high schools; in Spring 2021, HSA expects to serve approximately 90 students for the 9th Grade Bridge, and over 50 students for its middle school reboot with new partner, Walt Whitman Middle School. Since March 2020, because of the Covid19 pandemic, HSA quickly switched to remote instruction, its Academy Distance Learning (ADL) mode, to continue to serve students.

Class of 2024 applicants (currently HS freshmen) to the 3-year Academy, please note that Part 1 of the application is due on Friday, Feb 5, 2021. The mandatory prerequisite, the 9th Grade Bridge program begins Saturday, March 6, 2021.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, HSA is providing all of its programs remotely to continue to serve students and train the next generation of healthcare practitioners of color.


Learn more about the HSA’s pipeline program HERE.

"One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation." – Arthur Ashe


Dr. Keisha Barry

Nicole McLean, MPH

HSA Class of 2009

Howard School of Medicine Class of 2020

“The Health Science Academy helped me understand the factors that affect health, which have helped me in medical school, but it also made me identify and improve my study habits, taught me how ask for help and to collaborate.”

Marco Diaz, MS

HSA Class of 2008

Sportsball 2017 USTA 1968 Scholarship Recipient

"I am so grateful I had this opportunity...If I had one piece of advice for current HSA students it would be to really take your studies seriously and take advantage of all the help that is offered.”

HSA Class of 2009

SUNY Downstate University Med School Class of 2017

“The important thing about the Health Science Academy,” says Barry, “is that through being at Downstate you get to see a range of professionals working in healthcare and come to understand that there are many ways to serve.”