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-medicine undergraduates from the University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver) and from Metropolitan State University in Denver (MSU Denver).

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

HIP is a rigorous, academic, year-long mentorship program that is coordinated, led and taught by HIP faculty at Denver Health. Participants gain valuable shadowing experience within a health care environment, bridge educational science concepts to health care application and develop long-term relationships with current health care providers who serve as their mentors. HIP exposes participants to Denver Health, an urban, safety-net hospital, and a community clinic program that serves the underserved population of Denver County. Students can expect to shadow physicians and other health care providers in the hospital or clinic setting, attend lectures that connect basic science coursework with real-world health care topics and health disparities, participate in community service and take part in a book club. Once they complete the program, students should have a better understanding of the health care experience, know how general science concepts are used in the health care setting and have a wealth of new resources to access as they apply to graduate programs.

For more information on applying to HIP, e-mail

Watch this CBS Denver news story to see HIP in action.