SPHSP Program Details

The Summer 2016 SPHSP is a ten-week summer program that begins May 31, 2016 and ends August 6, 2016. Program offerings include:

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

GRE Preparation Course: Students will participate in an optional GRE Preparation course provided by Kaplan Test Prep. Those who have already taken the exam or are preparing for another exam are not required to participate.

Field Experience/Mentoring: Scholars will be paired with health professional mentors of various health disciplines in a public health setting. Students will work under the guidance and supervision of their mentors, 3 days a week for eight weeks, gaining direct exposure to the practice of public health.

Academic Enrichment: Scholars will attend 3 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

The courses will be facilitated by Columbia University Medical Center faculty from all four health science schools. Scholars will work in small groups with their Teaching Assistants to discuss practical application of class work. Students will work on current health problem or issues using “real” case studies. 

Field Trips: Scholars will have the opportunity to go on supervised field trips once a week 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 will be provided to all program participants.

Travel: Each scholar will be provided with round trip travel.

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

Final Project: Each scholar will produce a final paper and deliver a final presentation to CUMC staff, faculty, and invited guests.