Public Health Sciences Institute

Public Health Leader Fellowship Program Eligibility and FAQ

Those who possess the following qualifications may apply by Jan. 31, 2021.

  • 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 currently residing in the United States.
  • Must not have participated in any other CDC undergraduate Public Health Scholars Program in the past 

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You must submit the following by the application deadline.

  • Completed online application
  • Official transcript mailed directly to Public Health Sciences Institute, Morehouse College (postmarked by January 31)
    Morehouse College 
    Public Health Science Institute
    830 Westview Drive S.W., Box 140088
    Atlanta, Georgia 30314
  • Resume or Curriculum Vita
  • Two completed online recommendation forms (upon submission of your application your recommenders will be notified via email)

If you have questions, email

Selection Process
  • Only complete applications are reviewed. "Complete" refers to submission of all required documents by the deadline, as well as completion of all fields of the online application.
  • Once the application deadline has passed, all complete applications are reviewed.
  • The top 100 candidates are selected for a phone interview. No in-person interviews will be conducted.
  • Program Mentors are sent the top 75 candidates and select their top 3 students.
  • Based on the mentors selections, the candidate's application, and phone interview; PHLFP staff will select the final candidates. 20 students will ultimately be selected to participate in the 2020 program.
Program Requirements
Didactic Training

All interns participate in intense didactic training for the first two weeks. Courses include: 

  • Introduction to Public Health Leadership
  • Introduction to Biostatistics and Computer Applications (with training in SPSS)
  • Introduction to Epidemiology
  • Scientific Writing 
Hands-on Experience/Mentoring

Interns are paired with mentors from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STDs and TB Prevention (CDC NCHHSTP). Interns will work under the guidance and supervision of their mentors on a public health research project, 5 days a week for eight weeks, gaining direct exposure to the practice of public health.

Community Service

Interns are required to complete 16 hours of community service during their time in PHLFP. Past community service opportunities have included: food sorting at the Atlanta Community Food Bank; farming at the Truly Living Well Community Garden in West End; feeding the homeless in downtown Atlanta with Service Spree; and more. 


A stipend for participation is provided to all interns.


Each intern is provided financial support for round-trip travel.


Housing is provided to all interns on the campus of Morehouse College.

Final Project

Each intern is required to complete a final paper and deliver a final oral poster presentation to PHLFP staff, faculty, mentors and invited guests based on their summer research.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: Are eligibility requirements flexible?
A1: No. Eligibility requirements are non-negotiable

Q2: What is considered a “recent graduate”?
A2: A recent graduate is someone who has graduated within ONE year prior to the program start date. For example, 2019 summer applicants must have graduated in May 2018 or December 2018.

Q3: My school will still be in session during the start of the program. Can I still apply?
A3: Yes. In the past PHLFP has worked with students and their home institutions to proctor exams to facilitate their involvement in the program. However, accommodations will be made on a case-by-case basis after students have been accepted into the program.

Q4: I am an international student. Can I apply?
A4: No. Only U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents are eligible.

Q5: I am not in a health-related major. Can I still apply?
A5: YES. We encourage students from all disciplines to apply; Public Health is an interdisciplinary field.

Q6: Do I have to have health insurance to apply?
A6: NO. You do not have to have health insurance to apply; however, you will need health insurance to participate in the program.


Q7: How does the recommendation section of the online application work?
A7: Once a student fills in and submits their recommender information, an email is automatically sent to the recommender's email address. Be sure to let your recommender know when you have submitted your application and have them check their spam folder.

Q8: Will I receive course credit for the coursework taken at Morehouse College?
A8: Yes. You will receive 3 credit hours for Introduction to Public Health (grades averaged from all 4 courses) and 3 credit hours for Public Health Sciences Seminar and Practicum (grade from your mentor). Students will receive a total of 6 credit hours.

Q9: I have attended more than one college/university. Should I submit all transcripts?
A9: Yes.


Q10: Is there a cost to participate in the program?
A10: No. Accepted students will receive a stipend to cover most living expenses. Additionally, the program will cover all travel and housing costs.

Q11: Are meals covered during the program?
A11: During the first two weeks of the program, students will be able to eat in the cafeteria at Morehouse College for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at NO cost. However, students will be responsible for their own meals for the remaining nine weeks.

Q12: Where will I be living during the 10-week program?
A12: All students will be housed on the campus of Morehouse College in suite-style housing. There will be two to four students per suite; students will have their own room and share the common areas (living room, kitchen, and bathroom).

Q13: I have a summer job and/or plan on taking on summer classes. Will I be able to work/take class and participate in the program?
A13: The program requires all interns to devote 40 hours/week for the entire program. Typically, this makes it difficult to juggle a summer job or summer school.

Q14: The program requires 16 hours of community service. Do I get to choose where I complete my hours?
A14: The program will arrange several community service opportunities to complete during the first 2 weekends. The remaining hours will be completed by the intern on their own time. However, the program will provide a list of approved community service locations.