Health Practicum

The Health, Humanism, and Society Scholars program (HHASS) provides Rice undergraduates the opportunity to assist in research at various institutions within the Texas Medical Center, giving them valuable experience in a variety of medical and public health settings, research institutes and centers. The program identifies faculty and researchers in the Texas Medical Center who are interested in mentoring undergraduates and are currently researching topics of social science, education, and/or medical humanities. Students are matched with projects then spend a full academic year assisting with research. Students will earn 6 credits for the academic year (MDHM 402 & MDHM 403). This practicum counts toward the Medical Humanities minor. For a listing of previous projects, please click here.


The Health Practicum is open to all Rice continuing undergraduate students who have completed at least nine hours in a humanities discipline.

To international students—an internship that is off Rice campus and inside the U.S. may endanger your student visa. Consult with OISS, Nyeva Agwunobi ( Manager of Student Programs, or with the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the relevant department or program. Additional considerations can be found here.

Application Process

Applications for the 2020-2021 academic year will be open in March 2020.

A list of the 2019-2020 positions can be found here.

Typical application materials include:

  1. Application form
  2. Resume, unofficial transcript, essay responses


Once all application materials are confirmed, students will be contacted by the program manager (Nyeva Agwunobi) with any interview offers. After all interviews have been completed, students will be contact Ms. Agwunobi with selection decision information. During the summer months, the Ms. Agwunobi will work with selected students on any badging or clearance processes that need to be completed.

A few sample previous projects (detailed descriptions):

Baylor College of Medicine: Media Campaign Development
NASA: Behavior Health and Performance Research
MD Anderson Cancer Center: Supporting Informed Decision Making in Cancer Care
VA Medical Center: Healthcare Quality and Value

Pre-Health Professions

Interested in pre-health professions? The Office of Academic Advising has resources for you! Visit their website here for more information and to view a pre-med/pre-dental guide.

Community partners

Interested in hosting a student? Pleasee see our project sponsor eligibility details here.

Contact Information

For all practicum questions, please contact:

Nyeva Agwunobi, MPA
Manager of Student Programs
Rice University, School of Humanities | (713) 348-3021