Making a Difference, Here & Beyond
The community invests in Dell Med. In return, it’s our responsibility — one we take seriously — to be agents for change and to show real impact.
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Creating a New Kind of Doctor
We recruit and train physician leaders as comfortable taking on systemic challenges in health as caring for individual patients.
Improving Care. Improving Health.
We’re here to make health — including health care — better. The end goal is a complete revolution in how people get and stay healthy.
Discovery to Impact — Faster
We reward creative thinking and encourage rapid experimentation, using collaborative programs to speed promising research to market.
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Let’s Do Big Things Together
True health demands that the whole work in harmony, which is why we’re dedicated to partnership. Indeed, we can’t achieve our goals without it.
Meet Dell Med
We’re rethinking the role of academic medicine in improving health — and doing so with a unique focus on our community.
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Make an Appointment Directory Give Faculty Students

The Health Leadership Apprentice (HLA) program comprises students from diverse backgrounds and interests, including health care delivery, public health, health IT, health management and health policy.

The program accepts a new class at the beginning of each academic year. Housing, travel reimbursement, parking and compensation are not provided.


To apply for the 2020-2021 HLA class, at least one of the following must apply to you:

  • You’re a current undergraduate or graduate student at The University of Texas at Austin or Huston-Tillotson University with at least 12 in-residence credit hours.
  • You’re a graduate of UT Austin or Huston-Tillotson University who graduated no earlier than December 2018.
  • You’re a post-baccalaureate student who is currently enrolled at UT Austin or Huston-Tillotson University.
  • You’re a student currently enrolled in a two-year or four-year college who is planning to transfer to UT Austin or Huston-Tillotson in fall 2020.
    • If you are offered a position in the HLA program, you must provide confirmation of transfer acceptance to secure your HLA position.

How to Apply

The application for the 2020-2021 HLA class is closed. To receive reminders about the application cycle, subscribe to the prospective student email list.

Experience & Learning Outcomes

The HLA program was designed to promote the development of leadership skills across disciplines and foster mentorship opportunities for a diverse group of health-related professionals. Google interns, ESPN sportswriters, nursing students, medical evacuation pilots and entrepreneurs are among the program’s alumni.

By the end of the experience, apprentices will be able to:

  • Describe the principles of improving health in the community in keeping with the mission of Dell Med.
  • Explain how a focus on comprehensive care contributes to improved health outcomes.
  • Demonstrate how design thinking methodologies, project management skills, communication techniques and analytical thinking can advance health innovation.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills pertinent to the health environment.
  • Describe how to creatively approach unstructured problems and ambiguity in the health environment.