Health Professions Academy

Welcome to the UW Health Professions Academy

The Health Professions Academy (HPA) is a comprehensive professional development program for University of Washington undergraduate students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are aspiring to become physicians and dentists. The goal of the HPA is to provide participating students with opportunities to develop the academic skills and participate in experiences outside of the classroom that are needed to successfully compete for entry into health professional schools. The community of HPA scholars support each other at this important stage of their preparation for professional school and as they learn what will be expected of them as healthcare leaders of the future who will improve the quality of care for our increasingly diverse population.

UW Partners with Health Professions Academy include the School of Medicine’s Center for Health Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion, School of Dentistry, and Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity’s Health Sciences Center Minority Students Program.

Health Professions Academy News – 2018

  • Congratulations to Ms. Iesha Ticknor and Mr. Edgar Cetino, HPA scholars accepted into the INSIGHT – Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center‘s summer program for 2018! Stay tuned for poster presentations announced later in the summer.
  • Congratulations to the 2018 Husky 100 Award Recipients Joshua Dawson, Alexis Rodriguez-Pantaleon, Solomon Muche and Jie Yin! Information about the Husky 100 scholars may be found at Husky 100.
  • HPA APPLICATIONS OPEN APRIL 2. Applications for a sixth cohort of HPA scholars will start on Monday, April 2, 2018 and will close Monday, April 30, 2018 at 5:00PM PST.  A rolling admissions policy will be used for this cohort, with applicant interviews expected to begin the week of April 16, 2018.  Applicants may contact for details including benefits, activities, and resources for those interested in becoming an HPA scholar.
  • CLINICAL SHADOWING OPPORTUNITIES. HPA scholars starting shadowing in Summer Quarter 2018 will be posted in mid-April. Please check your email and follow directions carefully if you are interested! Space is limited. You may email Holly for further information.

Investing in the diversity of the future workforce

To improve the health of the underserved