Beginning with the strategic directions discussion at the 2011 annual meeting in Korea University, members described the concept of a summer program designed exclusively for health sciences students.  Further concept development was done by a Strategic Focus Committee, which presented a set of recommendations to the U21 Health Sciences Executive Committee in February 2012. Key recommendations were to select topics that engage multiple disciplines within the group, to include rigorous evaluation guided by an advisory committee and to develop a conceptual approach that would allow faculty choices of topics and experiential learning as well as program evaluation.  A conceptual approach that inter-relates interprofessional education with international service learning principles was developed and presented during the 2012 annual meeting in Auckland University. Read the concept paper.

After the 2012 annual meeting in Auckland, a working group formed by 10 members from different disciplines and universities was formed. The main activities of the group were to plan the structure of a summer school to be run for the Health Sciences Group and advise the U21 HSG Executive Committee on the recruitment and selection of a host organization for the summer school. The first U21 HS Summer School was hosted by The University of Auckland in 2014. Please see below for information about past, current and future U21 HS Summer Schools.