​SPHSP Program Details

Orientation: There are two weeks of orientation, the first week takes place at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention in Atlanta, GA and the second week is at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. During orientation, scholars are introduced to their mentors, their field placement sites and the field of public health.

Field Experience/Mentoring: Scholars are paired with health professional mentors from a variety of health disciplines in a public health setting. Students will work under the guidance and supervision of their mentors, three days a week for eight weeks, gaining direct exposure to the practice of public health.

Academic Enrichment: Scholars attend three lecture-based courses one day a week for eight weeks. The courses are:

  1. Introduction to Public Health
  2. Introduction to Epidemiology
  3. Health Disparities & Cultural Competence

These courses are facilitated by Columbia University Medical Center faculty from all four health science schools. Scholars work in small groups with their Teaching Assistants to discuss practical application of class work. During small group sessions, scholars work on current health issues using “real” case studies.

Field Trips: Program scholars are hosted on weekly field trips to various communities throughout the New York City metropolitan area to observe public health interventions and programs in operation. Past field trips have included:

  • Irving Institute for Clinical & Translational Research, New York, NY
  • Sustainable South Bronx, Bronx, NY
  • Boriken Health Center, New York, NY
  • CityWide Harm Reduction, Bronx, NY
  • Via Verde, Bronx, NY
  • Poospatuck Reservation, Mastic, NY
  • Harlem Children's Zone, New York, NY
  • Third Root Community Health Center, Brooklyn, NY

Stipend: A stipend for participation is provided to all program scholars.

Travel: Each scholar is provided financial support for round-trip travel.

Housing: Housing is provided to all students on the Columbia University Morningside Campus.

Final Project: Each scholar is required to complete a final paper and deliver a final presentation to CUMC staff, faculty, and invited guests based on their internship and overall program experience.