​SPHSP Application, Eligibility and Selection

Online Application

The summer 2023 application is now available and can be accessed here

IG: sphsp_cumc

Facebook: Sphsp Columbia

Note: Due to internet security settings some users report being unable to access the website. If this occurs you may need to access the application from a different computer.

Program Eligibility

  • U.S. Citizen, Permanent Resident, or U.S. National
  • Students who will have completed at least two years of college at an accredited institution by the beginning of the program: Rising juniors and seniors
  • Recent college graduates (after April 2022) who have not been accepted into a graduate program
  • Students with an Associate degree must provide proof of acceptance into a four-year institution
  • Minimum GPA of 2.7
  • African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian American, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, people with disabilities, economically disadvantaged, and LGBTQ individuals are encouraged to apply.

Required Documents

  • Letter of Recommendation - to be submitted by an academic advisor or course instructor. Only one letter will be accepted and reviewed. The recommendation provider is asked to comment on the applicant's academic/professional potential, commitment to equity, interdisciplinary thinking and/or potential in the field of public health.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vita
  • Unofficial Transcript(s) - to be submitted for any college/university attended. Please note that Official Transcript(s) are only required from students who are offered acceptance to the program
  • IRS 1040 or 1040A form from parent/guardian(s) - only required for students identifying as 'low-income'.

Selection Process

  • Only complete applications are reviewed. "Complete" refers to submission of all required documents as well as completion of all fields of the online application.
  • Once the application deadline has passed, a team of reviewers will begin review of all complete applications.
  • The top 100 candidates are selected for a phone interview. No in-person interviews will be conducted.


Application Opens: November 1, 2022, @12 AM EST

Application Deadline: January 31, 2023, @11:59 PM EST

Phone Interview Notifications: March 3, 2023, by 5 PM EST

Phone Interviews: March 6-10, 2023

Admission Notifications: March 17, 2023, by 5 PM EST

2023 NYC Program: May - July, 2023

2023 CDC Showcase: July, 2023


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