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Preprofessional Opportunities

University of Michigan Future Public Health Leaders Program


Category: Summer
Location: Ann Arbor Michigan
Deadline: Early February


Charlita Daniels, Summer Programs Manager


U.S. citizen, permanent resident or U.S. National; Member of a racial or ethnic minority group that is currently underrepresented in the public health workforce as defined by the CDC: (Black/African American, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Hispanic/Latino, Asian American, or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander); Successful completion of a minimum of 2 years (or equivalent) of undergraduate study from an accredited college or university in the U.S., Puerto Rico, or other U.S. territory; Students with an Associates degree must provide proof of acceptance into a four-year institution; Recent Graduates (after April 2011) who have not been accepted into a graduate program; Suggested 2.8 or higher cumulative GPA ; Interest in pursuing a career in public health, specifically health behavior/health education or environmental health sciences; Demonstrated leadership in extracurricular or community activities Interest and/or involvement in efforts to address health inequalities; Demonstrated success in math, physical and/or social/behavioral sciences.


The University of Michigan Future Public Health Leaders Program (FPHLP) is a 10-week summer program at the University of Michigan School of Public Health (UM-SPH) whose goal is to increase the diversity of the public health workforce. Participants receive leadership training, orientation to the public health disciplines, and real world work experience. The program is designed to foster knowledge of, excitement about, and commitment to the elimination of health inequalities.

Program dates: May 27-August 3, 2012


  • 8-week internship in a public health agency
  • 2-week training and skill-building sessions at the UM-SPH (Ann Arbor, MI) & CDC (Atlanta, GA)
  • $3500 Stipend
  • Weekly site visits to key public health organizations in MI
  • Housing in U-M residence hall
  • Round trip travel from your home to Ann Arbor, MI
  • Local transportation to and from work site
  • Kaplan GRE Preparation course

Internships are available in the following disciplines of Public Health:

  • Health Behavior Health Education (HBHE) is concerned with the factors associated with health-related behavior and health status, and develops and evaluates innovative strategies to address and improve individual and community health.
  • Environmental Health Sciences (EHS) are concerned with the impact of environmental conditions on human health -- in particular the health effects in people that can arise from exposures to agents (chemical, biological, physical, or even behavior) through the air they breathe, the water they drink, the food they eat, and the manner in which they go about their lives and their work. Environmental health is a multidisciplinary field grounded in the physical life sciences with applications to the social, management and political sciences.

To Apply:

Download the application (.pdf) here.

The deadline to apply is February 10, 2012.

Further questions:

Charlita Daniels, Summer Programs Manager
fphl.program [at]

NOTE: For those interested in internships in the field of Health Management and Policy, please apply to the University of Michigan Summer Enrichment Program in Health Management & Policy (SEP).

The Future Public Health Leaders Program (FPHLP) is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE).