Public Health Sciences Institute

Project Imhotep


The Public Health Sciences Institute (PHSI) is providing an update about Morehouse College’s novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response and this summer’s Project Imhotep Program. In consultation with grant recipients, the office of minority health and health equity has decided to SUSPEND the Project Imhotep activities for the summer of 2020. Given the impact of the pandemic nationally and its effects on communities and colleges, the decision to suspend is in line with national public safety protocols. If you are an applicant and have not heard from PHSI staff, please 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.

Project Imhotep is an eleven-week summer internship program supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE). The OMHHE supports the CDC Undergraduate Public Health Scholars (CUPS) program to create a public health workplace experience to increase student interest in minority health. 


Project Imhotep is an eleven-week summer internship program designed to increase the knowledge and skills of underrepresented minority students in biostatistics, epidemiology, and occupational safety and health.

The program begins with two weeks of intense educational training in public health courses such as Public Health & Health Disparities, Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Scientific Writing. The purpose of this training is to equip interns with the academic information necessary to complete the program. During the following nine weeks, interns are paired in a one-on-one mentored relationship with experts at CDC, academic institutions, local and state agencies, or community based organizations to complete a public health research project. In addition, interns participate in a variety of seminars, workshops, educational initiatives and are required to complete 16 hours of community service.

Interns will culminate their experience by giving an oral poster presentation to their peers, mentors and public health professionals and develop a research manuscript suitable for publication in a scientific journal. Interns will receive a stipend, lodging on the campus of Morehouse College, course credit and travel expenses to and from their city of origin. 


Tuesday, October 1 Application Opens
Friday, January 31

Application Closes (11:59pm)

All application materials due

February Phone Interviews
March Acceptance Letters are e-mailed


This summer, in partnership with GoodieNation, Project Imhotep interns participated in a Public Health Innovation Challenge! For 3 days, interns worked in groups to create innovative initiatives to address some of the world's top public health issues, such as, food deserts, obesity, access to care, STIs and more! Check out the video below to see what our interns created! 


At the 2019 Dr. Curtis L. Parker Student Research Symposium held in Atlanta, Georgia. 2019 Project Alum Lauren Benson, won first place in the Graduate Education in Public Health category. Ms. Benson research entitled “Synergizing Comprehensive Wellness Activities at a Minority Serving Medical School” under the direction of Dr. Jammie Hopkins.