To help undergraduate students identify health care administration as a sound career choice by familiarizing them with the field through a structured summer work experience in a health care setting.
- To help undergraduate students identify health care management and policy as an excellent profession through which to impact health disparities.
- To provide students with an 8-week internship that will expose them to populations that experience health disparities and to the responsibilities and activities of health executives who work in organizations that serve low-income populations of color.
- To provide students with opportunities to learn more about health disparities, health care organizations, health management and policy, the health care system and public health, through formal and informal meetings and visits with health administrators, UM SPH alumni, UM faculty and other program preceptors
Students entering their junior or senior year of undergraduate study are eligible to apply to the Summer Enrichment Program in Health Management and Policy. Those pursuing degrees in the social sciences, the biological sciences, and other fields pertinent to health management and policy, such as economics, political science, accounting and finance, are especially encouraged to apply. Past interns, however, have come from a variety of other undergraduate fields of study, e.g. the Humanities and Fine Arts. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Because the majority of placements are in Detroit, Ann Arbor or Flint, all participants must reside in Southeast Michigan or Genesee County during the summer
Successful applicants will show evidence of academic achievement (a 2.8 or above grade point average on a 4.0 scale) and will demonstrate one or more of the following:
- You, or a member of your family, have been adversely affected by health disparities related to: a) systemic failures of the social or physical environment; or, b) inequities in the US health care system.
- Live in a community or area that is adversely affected by health disparities. Such communities would include both urban and rural areas whose residents have low health status or who are underserved by the health care system.
- Have experience working in programs that address health disparities. Such programs include local health departments, community health centers, inner city/ rural hospitals or organizations that conduct research on or develop policy related to health disparities.
- Have done previous academic work (e.g. taken courses, written papers or participate in research projects) related to health disparities.