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 40 years ago, Baylor partnered with the Houston Independent School District to create the first high school for health professionals in the nation. Now called the Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions,  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 and is recognized today as one of the strongest college preparatory high schools in Texas.

The success of this program helped launch an array of education initiatives at Baylor starting in kindergarten and progressing through graduate school and beyond. Today, the DeBakey High School for Health Professions serves as a national model and assists other school districts to establish similar health professions programs. See our network of magnet schools.

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


Our education outreach initiatives include:

Center for Educational Outreach

The Center for Educational Outreach advances quality teaching and learning in science and health and promotes access to careers in medicine and science related fields.

Office of Diversity and Community Outreach

The Office of Diversity and Community Outreach is committed to improving the cultural diversity of the College so that we may be thoroughly effective and thrive in our patient care, research, education, and community service initiatives.

Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity

This program offers comprehensive, individualized education which is dedicated to educating scientists from all segments of the U.S. population. 

SMART Program

The Summer Medical and Research Training Program provides frontier-level, biomedical summer research projects for undergraduates in a supportive environment with supplemental educational activities.


The SMART PREP program helps under-represented college graduates prepare for biomedical Ph.D. study.

Michael E. DeBakey Summer Surgery Program

This program familiarizes the student with hospital and operating room environments as well as time management skills. Students are assigned to a surgery faculty mentor to work closely with by participating in their surgical service activities in a hospital setting.


The Houston REACH IRACDA works to increase the supply of faculty with cutting-edge research and teaching experience. The project includes under-represented post-doctoral fellows when possible, who provide excellent role models for the undergraduates.

BCM's BioEd Online

BCM's BioEd Online is a free science resource for teachers and classroom use, including lessons from K-12 and professional development courses.