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 Center for Health Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion, and School of Medicine, School of Dentistry, and Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity, Health Sciences Center Minority Students Program.

Health Professions Academy News – 2017/2018

  • The Fall 2017 Application Phase for our next cohort is now OPEN!  Please click here for more information: APPLY TODAY
  • Clinical Shadowing opportunities through HPA has a new process for 2017-2018 school year, and should be available for scholars to sign-up in early September 2017 for a Fall Quarter start.  Please check your email and follow directions carefully if you are interested in shadowing! You may email Holly for further information.
  • Future HPA applicants may contact for more details, including benefits, activities, and resources, for those interested in becoming a scholar.


Investing in the diversity of the future workforce

To improve the health of the underserved