Project Imhotep Application >>NOW OPEN

The Public Health Sciences Institute has a five year cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Public Health Service. The cooperative agreement addresses the need to increase the knowledge capacity and skills of underrepresented students in all public health disciplines. This goal is met primarily through the development of a comprehensive educational training program by didactic training in all public health disciplines and public health research field experience at local, state, federal, or non-governmental organization agencies.

The CDC Undergraduate Public Health Summer Program (CUPS) is funded through The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of Minority Health and Health Equity to support Morehouse College, Columbia University, Kennedy Krieger Institute, and the University of Michigan in their efforts to engage student in public health education and training. The overall goal of the NUSPHP is to improve the representation of disadvantaged groups, underrepresented populations, and those interested in health disparities in public health by increasing their awareness of public health services and epidemiology.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a federal agency responsible for the nation's efforts "to prevent unnecessary illness and death and enhance the health of the American people." Since its inception in 1946, the agency has been an advocate for the control and prevention of disease and leads such efforts against malaria, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, cardiovascular disease, and tuberculosis. The mission of the CDC is to promote health and quality of life by preventing and controlling disease, injury, and disability and strives to protect people's health and safety, provide reliable health information, and improve health.

Many of these areas of concern include environmental and occupational hazards, behavioral risks, chronic diseases, and emerging infectious diseases. CDC accomplishes its mission by working with partners throughout the nation and world to monitor health, detect and investigate health problems, conduct applied research to enhance prevention, develop and advocate sound public health policies, implement prevention strategies, promote healthy behaviors, foster safe and healthful environments, and provide leadership and training.

In an effort to provide training and research opportunities for minorities interested in the health professions, the CDC has entered into a cooperative agreement with Morehouse College to support programs administered by the Public Health Sciences Institute (PHSI). Through this agreement PHSI administers and supports various educational and research programs including the summer internship program, Project Imhotep.


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Project Imhotep is an eleven-week internship (May 22, 2017 - August 4, 2017) designed to increase the knowledge and skills of student trainees in biostatistics, epidemiology, and occupational safety and health. The program begins with two weeks of intense educational training. The purpose of this training is to equip interns with the academic coursework and information necessary to complete the program. During the following eight weeks, interns conduct public health research with experts at the CDC, NIMR, Academic Institutions, State Agencies, and various other public health agencies and community based organizations. Interns also receive a stipend, lodging, and travel to and from their site location and city of origin.


  • Current junior, senior, or recent graduate (within one year) of an undergraduate institution
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident 


The program begins with two weeks of didactic public health coursework, followed by nine weeks of practical hands-on experience, an oral presentation, poster presentation, and submission of a written manuscript suitable for publication in a scientific journal. Interns participate in a wide variety of seminars, workshops, and educational initiatives throughout the summer and are also required to complete 16 hours of community service. Interns receive research support and consultation in data analysis and other project requirements. 


Applications are due January 31st by 11:59PM and can be found at the link below. The following items must be submitted by the application deadline:

  • Completed online application
  • Official transcript mailed directly to Public Health Sciences Institute, Morehouse College (postmarked by February 1, 2017)
    Morehouse College
    Public Health Science Institute
    ATTN: Project Imhotep
    830 Westview Drive S.W., Box 140088
    Atlanta, Georgia 30314
  • Resume or Curriculum Vita
  • Two completed online recommender forms (upon submission of your application your recommenders will be notified via email)

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  • Application link: (insert here)
  • Application deadline: January 31, 2017


  • Applicants will be notified if they have been invited for a telephone interview.
  • Applicants will receive a 15-25 minute timeslot, which are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.


  • Applicants will be invited to participate in Project Imhotep
  • Once accepted applicants will be paired with a mentor