Research Centers and Programs

Biomedical Research and Global Health

Group photo of Biomedical Research and Global Health students

About the Program

Seattle Children’s is invested in inspiring and educating future scientists, biomedical researchers and healthcare workers. The Science Education Department has partnered with the Highline School District to provide high school students with an immersive opportunity to learn about biomedical science and healthcare careers in a professional laboratory setting.

Biomedical Research and Global Health is a year-long academic program designed to help prepare high school students for many different career opportunities in biomedical research and healthcare.

  • Hands-on lab experiences give students an authentic introduction to the research process.
  • Students learn lab safety and practice essential lab skills, use state-of-the-art equipment to conduct experiments and review case studies related to the prevention and elimination of disease.
  • Guest lectures from scientists and field trips to local research organizations give students an inside look into careers in this exciting and rapidly growing field.

The program also includes workshops on professional development and career planning to help students plan their pathway to a future STEM career.

Program Eligibility, Location and Schedule

Biomedical Research and Global Health students looking at computerThe program is open to 11th and 12th grade students in the Highline, Federal Way, Tukwila and Tahoma school districts. Successful completion of high school biology is highly recommended.

Class meets Monday through Friday during the academic school year in the Health Sciences Building at Puget Sound Skills Center (PSSC) in Burien. District transportation to and from PSSC is provided from a student’s home high school.

Two class sessions are available: AM (7:55–10:25 a.m.) and PM (11:15 a.m.–1:45 p.m.).


Registration is currently open for the 2023-2024 school year. To register, students should complete and submit the online application. Students with questions about the program should talk to their school guidance counselor or call PSSC at 206-631-7300.

Contact Us and More Information

For more information about the program, please email Dr. Noelle Machnicki and visit Biomedical Research & Global Health at PSSC. You can also learn more about PSSC.