Summer Public Health Scholars Program (SPHSP)

Program Overview

The Summer Public Health Scholars Program (SPHSP) is designed for undergraduate students and its goal is to increase interest in and knowledge of public health and biomedical science careers. SPHSP is a partnership of the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, College of Dental Medicine, School of Nursing, and the Mailman School of Public Health. Together, they represent the broad spectrum of public health practice. SPHSP was awarded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Office of Minority Health, and Health Equity (OMHHE), under the CDC Undergraduate Public Health Scholars Program (CUPS).

The program is designed for undergraduates entering their junior or senior year and recent baccalaureate degree students who are undecided about their career goals. This is a rigorous program which includes Public Health coursework at Columbia University; hands-on field experience and immersion in a diverse, economically disadvantaged urban environment; seminars and lectures with public health leaders; and mentoring by faculty members, ensuring students' exposure to the breadth and importance of public health as a career option.

Summer Public Health Scholars Program (SPHSP)

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COVID-19 Information for SPHSP Program

As CDC leads the national response for COVID-19, CDC’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) continues to closely monitor these events with your health and safety as our foremost concern. In consultation with our grant recipients, we have decided to virtually host the Summer Public Health Scholars Program for Summer 2021. Given the impact of the pandemic nationally and its effects on communities and colleges, this decision is in line with national public safety protocols. We ask that you continue to monitor the SPHSP website for updates on the program. You can also visit CDC’s website for the latest news regarding COVID-19. Thank you for your understanding and please continue to remain safe. 

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