Summer Public Health Scholars Program

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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 MedicineSchool 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.

Online Application

The 2019 Application is now open, the application will be open until January 31, 2019, 11:59pm EST. 

Apply Now!

For more information join us for our Virtual Information Session on November 9th, 2018 from 3:00pm-4:30pm.

Register here: SPHSP Virtual Info Session

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 2018) 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 90 candidates are selected for a phone interview. No in-person interviews will be conducted.
  • Based on the candidate's application and phone interview, 42 students will ultimately be selected to participate in the 2019 program.


Application Opens: November 1, 2018

Application Deadline: January 31, 2019, @11:59 PM EST

Check back for updates on the application process.

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