Future Public Health Leaders Program



The PRC is partnering with the Michigan Public Health Training Center to lead and administer the University of Michigan Future Public Health Leaders Program (FPHLP). The objective of FPHLP is to create a national program that will recruit and expose highly qualified and promising underrepresented minority undergraduate students to professional career and/or an advanced degree opportunities in the field of public health. This program builds upon the successful model of the Summer Enrichment Program in Health Management and Policy (SEP) that has been operating within the University of Michigan School of Public Health (UM SPH) for the past 25 years. The FPHLP seeks to address the documented need for a more diverse public health workforce to eliminate health disparities and promote health equity through a sustainable program that will use the model of, and lessons learned in the SEP to expand this successful program to other departments in the UM SPH.

The Future Public Health Leaders Program is a 10-week residential program at the University of Michigan School of Public Health (UM-SPH). 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.
  • 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.

For more information visit the FPHLP website.