Healthcare Interest Program

Denver Health is helping the next generation to connect with career opportunities in the medical field. The Healthcare Interest Program (HIP) accepts pre-health undergraduates from the University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver), Metropolitan State University in Denver (MSU Denver) and Regis University in Denver. (If you are a high school student interested in a career in healthcare, learn more about our high school internship program MC2.)

Students can earn one credit hour per semester for participating in the year-long program (through the office of Experiential Learning at CU Denver, the Applied Learning Center at MSU Denver and Experiential Learning at Regis University).

Mission 

The Healthcare Interest Program (HIP) is a grassroots Denver Health mentorship program that works to increase the success of underprivileged, underrepresented college students who are interested in careers in healthcare. HIP works with the University of Colorado Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and Regis University of Denver to successfully enroll these students into the training or graduate school of their choice. HIP is privileged to be able to utilize Denver Health providers and resources in providing specialized opportunities for these students.

Vision

Understanding that healthcare outcomes are improved when there is cultural, social, ethnic or racial congruency between provider and patient, HIP seeks to address health care inequity and disparity by increasing the number of underrepresented healthcare providers in at Denver Health, in Denver County, and throughout Colorado.

For more information on applying to HIP, e-mail HIP@dhha.org.
 
Contact HIP program director/faculty instructor Josina Romero O'Connell, M.D. at Josina.O'Connell@dhha.org or HIP program manager Teresa O'Connell at Teresa.O'connell@dhha.org.
 
Watch this CBS Denver news story to see HIP in action.

Application for Academic Year 2019-2020

DEADLINE TO APPLY IS MONDAY, APRIL 8th

Download the HIP Application

MSUD and Regis Students: Please fill out the application electronically and attach the following to an email from your university email:

  1. A copy of your current, unofficial academic transcript
  2. All required, official vaccination records

UC Denver Students: Please apply via Handshake, and to your Handshake application, attach:

  1. A copy of your current, unofficial academic transcript
  2. All required, official vaccination records

Please note: Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted (this includes all vaccination and transcript requirements).