Pitt Public Health Undergraduate Scholars Program

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Thank you for your interest in the PHUSP program. Summer 2024 scholars have been selected. mark your calendar for November 1, 2024, when applications will open for summer 2025.

The Pitt Public Health Undergraduate Scholars Program is an eight-week residential program designed to encourage college students to consider careers in public health. The program focuses on health equity, maternal and child health, environmental justice, and climate and health. 

PHUSP offers internship placements, classroom instruction, group activities and mentorship to provide students with opportunities for growth, education and awareness of the role public health professionals play in supporting safe and healthy communities. The program's goal is to advance health equity by increasing public health workforce diversity. 

Program Details

Program dates for summer 2024 are June 10 to August 2, 2024. PHUSP scholars will participate in classroom-based and experiential learning opportunities at the University of Pittsburgh and in public health settings throughout the city. Scholars will also participate in a 2.5-day research poster showcase at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Scholars will receive a $3,200 stipend, round-trip transportation to Pittsburgh and financial support for meals. The cost of on-campus housing and travel to Atlanta for the research showcase is covered by PHUSP. 

Applications for the summer 2024 cohort are closed.

PHUSP is funded by the CDC through the John R. Lewis Undergraduate Public Health Scholars Program. 

"Lewis Ferguson and logo of people within olive branch - CDC John R. Lewis Undergraduate Public Health Scholars Program; Dr. James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases Graduate Fellowship"

For more information on the Lewis Scholars Program and partner institutions, visit the CDC website


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About the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health

Since its founding in 1948, Pitt Public Health has ranked among the country's top schools of public health. For 74 years, we have successfully implemented a three-component mission of research, education, and service/practice. The school responds to imminent and emerging health threats by preparing the next generation of public health leaders to use innovation as the catalyst for problem-solving. 

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