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The Morehouse College Public Health Leader Fellowship Program (MC-PHLFP), which addresses the Healthy People 2020 focus area of Public Health Infrastructure Disparities in the Public Health Workforce, will teach the principles and practice of public health leadership by preparing highly qualified culturally sensitive undergraduate students for graduate programs in public and biomedical health sciences. MC-PHLFP’s purpose is to better prepare underrepresented minority students for entry into graduate programs of public health with special emphasis on the quantitative sciences where minorities are greatly underrepresented. MC-PHLFP will provide its participants the opportunity to develop skills needed to successfully compete for, enter, and graduate from schools of public health and ultimately become leaders in the public health workforce.

The MC-PHLFP is housed within Morehouse College’s Public Health Sciences Institute (PHSI). Since its establishment in 1988, the mission of PHSI has been to prepare minority students for entry into public health careers. In accordance with Healthy People 2020 focus area of Public Health Infrastructure, Disparities in the Public Health Workforce, PHSI has significantly contributed to the objective of increasing the proportion of degrees awarded to culturally sensitive underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in the health professions, both allied and associated health professions.



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The CDC Public Health Leader Fellowship Program at Morehouse College is a rigorous 10-week summer program (May 22, 2017- August 4, 2017) designed to prepare underrepresented undergraduate students for leadership roles in the field of public health. A principal aim of the program is reducing health disparities. The program includes 2 weeks of public health educational training at Morehouse College with didactic learning in topics that include introduction to public health, introduction to biostatistics, introduction to epidemiology, scientific writing, and international health. Students also receive 3 days of training at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta. During the final 8 weeks of the program, each student is paired with a mentor to conduct a hands-on research project within CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention.

Throughout the duration of the internship, students participate in weekly forums with opportunities for learning about public health leadership challenges faced by accomplished guest lecturers with experience across a broad range of sectors. Students also receive weekly coaching support and participate in a leadership skills webinar series. The content of this leadership curriculum is based on the following public health leadership competencies: public health leadership principles; collaboration and partnerships; articulating mission and vision; dialogue; team building; developing collaborative relationships to achieve goals; applying social justice principles; motivating others; and demonstrating transparency, integrity, and honesty in all actions.

The CDC Public Health Leader Fellowship Program at Morehouse College is geared toward currently enrolled or recently graduated students at the undergraduate level with an interest in reducing health disparities through careers in public health.


  • Current junior, senior, or recent graduate (within one year) of an undergraduate institution
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 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.


Application is 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
    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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Step 1: Complete the MC-PHLFP online application

Step 2: Telephone Interview (February to March)

  • 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.

Step 3: MC-PHLFP Selections (Month of March)

  • Applicants will be invited to participate in MC-PHLFP.
  • Once accepted, applicants will be paried with a mentor.