Public Health Sciences Institute

Public Health Leader Fellowship Program

2018 Public Health Leader Fellowship Program - Thank you for a wonderful summer!


2019 Program Dates: May 20 - August 2

The CDC Public Health Leader Fellowship Program (PHLFP) at Morehouse College 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 (CDC) 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 (NCHHSTP).

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.

2019 Summer Timeline

Monday, October 1 Application Opens
Thursday, January 31

Application Closes at 11:59pm

All application materials are due

February 2019 Phone Interviews
March 2019 Acceptance Letters are e-mailed to selected candidates


This summer, in partnership with GoodieNation, PHLFP interns participated in a Public Health Innovation Challenge! For 3 days, interns worked in groups to create innovative social media 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! 

 PHLFP Student Presentation during ABRCMS 2017 - WINNER!