That access to education and healthcare are inextricably intertwined has been the principle idea driving development of programs to improve community health at Baylor College of Medicine for decades. 

More than forty years ago, Baylor partnered with the Houston Independent School District to create the first high school for health professionals in the nation. Now called Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions, after the College’s first president Dr. Michael E. DeBakey, the school offers students, with an emphasis on ethnic and racial minorities, access to a scientifically rigorous secondary education. 

A magnet high school, it received the gold medal award from U.S. News & World Report

Out of more than 21,000 high schools in 49 states and the District of Columbia, DeBakey High School is ranked 26th by U.S. News and World Report for Best High Schools; 10th among magnet high schools; and 31st among high schools that perform the best in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Statewide, the school is ranked 5th among best high schools in Texas.

The dean of instruction at the school is a full-time member of the faculty of Baylor and faculty, students, residents and fellows frequently participate in programs at DeBakey. Students from DeBakey come to Baylor College of Medicine and its affiliates within the Texas Medical Center for hands on experiences.

The success of this program helped launch an array of education initiatives at Baylor starting in kindergarten and progressing through graduate school and beyond.

Through outreach programs, Baylor is committed to helping every child who wants a career in healthcare or science find his or her path.

Specialized curriculum, elective opportunities, dual degree programs and other offerings for Baylor students, residents and fellows are helping prepare those already in training to meet the needs of underserved patients in Houston and globally.


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