For decades, the inextricable link between education and healthcare has been the driving concept behind development of programs to improve community health at Baylor College of Medicine. 

More than 40 years ago, Baylor partnered with the Houston Independent School District to create the nation’s first high school for health professionals. Now called the Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions, the school offers students from throughout HISD 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, focused on all points of the educational continuum, from kindergarten through graduate school and beyond. Today, the DeBakey High School for Health Professions serves as a national model for other school districts seeking to establish similar health professions programs. See our network of magnet schools.

Through its diverse 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 Institutional Diversity and Inclusion

The Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion 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 BCM 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.

credit: Scott Holmes
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.