Public Health Sciences Institute

COVID Suspension


The Public Health Sciences Institute is providing an update about Morehouse's novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response and this summer’s Public Health Leader Fellowship Program. The Public Health Leader Fellowship Program will conduct programming in the summer of 2021, as decided by the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity via the centers for Disease Control and Prevention in consultation with the partnering institutions. The method in which We will deliver programming virtually May 17 to August 3. All program delivery decisions follow the COVID-19 guidelines established by the CDC in efforts to prioritize the health and safety of all program partners, participants, and staff. Updates regarding this decision will be communicated as they are received to all current and prospective applicants and partners.

If you have questions or concerns, contact PHSI via or at (470) 639-0520. Thank you for your interest in the program, and PHSI looks forward to interacting with you in 2021.

Public Health Leader Fellowship Program

The CDC Public Health Leader Fellowship Program is a rigorous 10-week summer program designed to prepare underrepresented, culturally sensitive, 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 Biostatistics, Introduction to Epidemiology, Scientific Writing, and Public Health Leadership. Students also participate in a 3-day session at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s headquarters in Atlanta. During the remaining 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.