The Future Public Health Leaders Program (FPHLP)

University of Michigan School of Public Health
Ann Arbor, MI.
Type Clinical Observation, Global Health, Health Disparities, Rural Health
Dates 29 May 2018 - 1 Aug 2018


The Future Public Health Leaders Program (FPHLP) is a 10-week residential program at the University of Michigan School of Public Health (UM-SPH) designed to encourage underrepresented college students to consider careers in public health.  The program is intended for college students in their Sophomore, Junior or Senior year who are undecided about their career goals and are in good academic standing in their area of study.  Students are not required to have previous experience in public health. Participants receive leadership training, orientation to the public health disciplines, and real-world work experience. The program is meant to foster knowledge of, excitement about, and commitment to health equity. The program includes public health and career mentorship, hands-on and practical field experience, seminars, lectures and workshops with public health leaders.

The FPHLP begins in late May and runs through early August. The program includes:

  • Orientation to public health at the UM-SPH
  • On-campus housing in a newly renovated dorm. Pictures available here.
  • Stipend of $3,000 distributed in equal payments over the summer to each participant.
  • Round trip transportation from your home to Ann Arbor, MI.
  • Opportunity to meet, interact and engage with diverse public health practitioners and faculty.
  • Engaged mentorship to guide you in the field of public health, public health careers, and the graduate school application process.
  • Field experience and hands-on learning at community-based organizations/non-profits, health systems, and government agencies.
  • Public health career exploration.
  • Group learning at UM-SPH that will include seminars, lectures, and workshops.

FPHLP is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Office of the Director, Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE). It is part of the CDC Undergraduate Public Health Scholars (CUPS) along with programs at Columbia University, Morehouse College, and Kennedy Krieger Institute. All programs share FPHLP’s commitment to educating and training leaders who will become a part of a diverse public health workforce. Students may apply to multiple CUPS sites, however if students are interested in applying to FPHLP, they must complete the FPHLP online application.


  • Students who have completed at least two years (or equivalent ) of undergraduate study from an accredited college or university in the U.S., Puerto Rico, or other U.S. territory
    • Note: Students with an Associate’s Degree must provide proof of acceptance into a 4-year institution
  • Recent college graduates (after April 2014) who have not been accepted into a graduate program (including medical school) also qualify
  • U.S. citizen, permanent resident or U.S. National
  • African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian American, Hispanic/Latino, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, persons with disabilities, and economically disadvantaged individuals are strongly encouraged to apply
  • Minimum 2.7 GPA (good academic standing) is recommended

More Information

Office of Public Health Practice, 1415 Washington Heights
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2029
Phone: (734)-763-8688