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Revolutionizing health in Colorado by breaking barriers, empowering communities, fostering collaboration and embracing diversity.

The health institute is a collaboration of ten MSU Denver departments that serve students entering health-related fields. This collaboration will advance health equity in the state of Colorado through diversifying the health workforce and cultivating a whole-person approach to wellness.


Athletic Training Students Core Values of the
Health Institute Include: 

  • Inclusive Leadership
  • Cultural Compentency
  • Whole-Person Orientation
  • Collaborative Decision Making
  • Developmental Mentoring 
  • Community Informed 
  • Health Equity 


Health Institute Departments 

Eddie Romero-Moreida
"I just accepted a position with DaVita as a patient-care technician. The connection and confidence I got from the Healthcare Interest Program (HIP) is directly responsible for that. My end goal is to become a nurse practitioner or a physician assistant, and this is a huge step."

Eddie Romero-Moreida (MSU Denver '19)

Romero-Moreida is majoring in kinesiology and exercise science

Our Students

Circle of hands of many races and ages, grasping each other illustrating unity.MSU Denver has been committed to diversity and inclusive excellence since its inception and has one of the most diverse student populations in the state of Colorado. Our efforts to embed systemic practices to achieve a high quality, culturally sensitive education is reflected by our leadership, faculty, staff and students.

Our Programs

MSU Denver is excited to announce the first Lifestyle Medicine minor in the nation, and is currently building the first undergraduate Lifestyle Medicine major! Our Lifestyle Medicine Major and Extended Major will include courses from many Health Institute departments such as nutrition, human performance and sport, healthcare management, and psychology in order to strategically position graduates to enter a variety of healthcare graduate school programs and participate in healthcare reform, with a cutting-edge lifestyle medicine foundation. 

Our Community Partners

MSU Denver has a close partnership with Denver Health through the Healthcare Interest Program. The Healthcare Interest Program (HIP) is a rigorous, academic, year-long mentorship program that is coordinated, led and taught by HIP faculty at Denver Health. Participants gain valuable shadowing experience within a health care environment, bridge educational science concepts to health care application and develop long-term relationships with current health care providers who serve as their mentors.

 For more information on applying to HIP, e-mail

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Get Involved

MSU Denver is seeking to develop community partnerships, internships, research collaborations, mentorships and other opportunities that will help our students serve Colorado as holistically minded, culturally aware health professionals.

To learn more about how to partner visit our Community Partners page.