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Preprofessional Opportunities

Summer Public Health Scholars Program (SPHSP)


Category: Summer
Location: New York New York
Deadline: Early February


Summer Public Health Scholars Program (SPHSP) Office of Diversity

Summer Public Health Scholars Program (SPHSP)
Office of Diversity
College of Physician and Surgeons
Columbia University
630 West 168th Street
New York, NY 10032

(212) 305-4157


PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY Students who will have completed at least two years of college at the beginning of the program, including rising juniors and seniors Recent college graduates (after April 2012) who have not been accepted into a graduate program Students with an Associate degree must provide proof of acceptance into a four-year institution African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian American, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, people with disabilities, and economically-disadvantaged individuals are encouraged to apply. Minimum GPA of 2.7



The Summer 2013 SPHSP is a ten-week summer program that begins May 27, 2013 and ends August 2, 2013. Program offerings include:

  • Orientation: There will be two weeks of orientation, the first week will take place at the CDC in Atlanta, GA. The second week will be at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. During orientation, scholars will be introduced to their mentors, their field placement sites and the field of public health. 
  • GRE Preparation Course: Students will participate in a GRE Preparation course provided by Kaplan
  • Field Experience/Mentoring: Scholars will be paired with health professional mentors of various health disciplines in a public health setting. Each of the selected students will be interviewed by the Program Coordinator to determine the most appropriate placement. Students will work under the guidance and supervision of their mentors, 3 days a week for eight weeks, gaining direct exposure to the practice of public health.
  • Field Trips: Scholars will have the opportunity to go on supervised field trips once a week to various communities throughout the New York City metropolitan area to observe public health interventions and programs in operation.
  • Academic Enrichment: Scholars will attend 3 lectured base courses one day a week for eight weeks. The courses are: 1) Introduction to Public Health, 2) Introduction to Epidemiology and 3) Health Disparities and Cultural Competence. The courses will be facilitated by Columbia University Medical Center faculty from all four health science schools. Scholars will work in small groups with their Teaching Assistants to discuss practical application of class work. Students will work on current health problem or issues using “real” case studies. 
  • Stipend: Stipend will be provided to all program participants.
  • Travel: Each scholar will be provided with round trip travel.
  • Housing: Housing will be provided to all students.
  • Six students will be offered internships at the prestigious CDC. These students will attend one week of orientation at the CDC and will stay in Atlanta for the remainder of the summer. The SPHSP Program Coordinator will check in with students regularly and visit them once during the summer.