The Summer Public Health Scholars Program (SPHSP) at Columbia is a ten-week summer
training program for undergraduates entering their junior or senior year and recent
baccalaureate degree students who are undecided about their career goals. This is
a rigorous program which includes public health coursework at Columbia University;
hands-on field experience and immersion in a diverse urban environment experiencing
economic disadvantage; seminars and lectures with public health leaders; and mentoring
by faculty members, ensuring students’ exposure to the breadth and importance of public
health as a career option.
Columbia University Irving Medical Center, NYC, NY
Students receive a stipend, housing and travel assistance
U.S. Citizen, Permanent Resident, or U.S. National
Rising Juniors and Seniors
Community college students must be able to provide proof of acceptance into a 4-year
Minimum GPA of 2.7
African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian American, American Indian/Alaskan Native,
Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, people with disabilities, economically disadvantaged,
and LGBTQ individuals are encouraged to apply.
Letter of Recommendation by an academic advisor or course instructor
Resume or CV
Unofficial Transcripts during application process and official transcripts if offered
acceptance to the program
IRS 1040 or 1040A form from parents/guardians of applicants identifying as "low income"
Immunization records and health insurance information if offered acceptance into the
Complete a final paper and deliver a presentation to Columbia University Irving Medical
Center staff, faculty and invited guests
Application typically opens in early November and closes in January.