The Michael & Susan Dell Health Scholar program is a merit-based pre-doctoral program for students interested in nutrition, physical activity, obesity, and /or tobacco prevention. The Dell Health Scholar program is intended to provide training and research opportunities for doctoral-level students in health research enrolled at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston(UTHealth) School of Public Health. The Dell Health Scholar position, under direction of Drs. Deanna Hoelscher and Alexandra van den Berg is a 12-month appointment, eligible for renewal.

For information on the Dell Health Undergraduate Scholar position, click here.

For pre-doctoral opportunities available through the National Cancer Institute, please visit the School of Public Health website

The Michael & Susan Dell Health Scholar program is administered through funding from the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living, part of The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health in Austin. 


Dell Health Scholars have the opportunity to work closely with faculty and staff on research as well as Center functions and events. Dell Health Scholars gain hands-on experience with data management, data analysis, and manuscript preparation. Additional benefits include:

  • Funds provided to travel to one conference per year, provided the Scholar is presenting at the conference.
  • Full-time workstation on campus provided.
  • Pay at 50% time at a doctoral-level graduate assistant salary, including benefits.

Current Dell Health Scholars

Amelia Roebuck

Amelia Roebuck, BS - Amelia is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences. Before joining the UTHealth School of Public Health, Amelia received a bachelor’s degree in human biology from Indiana University and worked as a Research Project Lead at Parkview Health. Her current research interests focus on the evaluation of diet for prevention of non-communicable diseases and promotion of physical and mental well-being. Her drive to inform preventive interventions is based upon her previous work in health informatics and health services research. During her time at Parkview Health, Amelia co-authored publications in the Journal of Innovations in Cardiac Rhythm Management, Pacing and Electrophysiology, Telemedicine & E-health, Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) Mental Health, Applied Clinical Informatics, and eGEMS (Generating Evidence & Methods to improve patient outcomes). Additionally, she has presented at national and international cardiology conferences on the impact of tailored technology-based interventions for health behavior change.

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Margaret "Marnie" Moore, JD, LLM, MPH - Marnie is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Health Promotion and Behavioral Science. Prior to joining the UTHealth School of Public Health, Marnie received her Master of Public Health from Texas A&M School of Public Health and later taught undergraduate courses in Public Health at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Prior to obtaining her MPH, Marnie was a practicing tax lawyer for twelve years, specializing in the area of non-profit organizations and estate planning. She received her bachelor’s degree in history, with honors, from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and her law degree and LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law. Her current research interests focus on how policy and public health and media messaging has impacted health behaviors during the coronavirus pandemic, and on child and adolescent health, particularly, electronic cigarette use by adolescents.

Shelby FloresThorpe

Shelby Flores-Thorpe, MEd Shelby is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Health Promotion and Behavioral Science at the Austin Campus. A native New Mexican, Shelby received her Master of Education in Health Education from Texas State University and her bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from St. Edward’s University before starting at UTHealth School of Public Health. Between her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree, Shelby worked for a non-profit in New Mexico, her home state, working to implement nutrition and wellness classes into Native American communities across the state. Her current research interests are translational research – how policy and public health can work in tandem – and food security in college students and adults. Shelby has worked on the FRESH Austin project and currently works with the Texas Research-to-Policy Collaboration (TX RPC) Project. 

Past Dell Health Scholars

  • Christine Jovanovic, MPH
  • Allen Hallett, MS
  • Leigh Ann Ganzar, MPH
  • Eun Me Cha, MPH
  • MeLisa Creamer, MPH, PhD
  • Eileen Nehme, MPH, PhD
  • Kim Wilson, MPIA, DrPH
  • Meliha Salahuddin, MBBS, MPH
  • Felicia Carey, MPH, BS, BA
  • Anna Porter, MPH