The Michael & Susan Dell Health Scholar program is a merit-based pre-doctoral program for students interested in nutrition, physical activity, and /or obesity. 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 Nalini Ranjit 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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Priscila Garza, MS - Priscila is a DrPH candidate in the Health Promotion & Behavioral Science Department at the UTHealth School of Public Health in Austin. She received an MS from The University of Houston Clear Lake in Exercise and Health Science and a BS from Stephen F. Austin State University in Health Science with a minor in Biology. Priscila has been in education for seven years. After being a middle school classroom teacher for four years, she entered the role as Goose Creek CISD’s first Healthy Community School Coordinator in Baytown, Texas. In her role, she created CATCH Teams at 22 elementary and middle schools including an alternative center. She worked closely with each CATCH Champion and provided them the tools to be successful during their first years of implementing a Coordinated School Health Program. She also served as the liaison between the school district and Be Well Baytown, an initiative of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center sponsored by ExxonMobil. Priscila is a member of the CATCH Board of Directors. She previously served on the Baytown YMCA Board of Directors and as the Chair for the United Way of Greater Baytown area and Chambers County Emerging Leaders Steering Committee. She presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting in 2018 and at the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Empower Conference in 2019. She has also spoken on panels for Action for Health Kids and It’s Time Texas. She also presented at CATCH’s first annual Summit in 2019. Working in the areas of nutrition, physical activity, and sun safety, her passion is advocating for child health while working closely with community stakeholders and leaders to advance healthy school initiatives.

Past Dell Health Scholars