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Public Health Scholars Program


Dr. Melissa Hawkins, Director
Public Health Scholars Program
Mary Graydon Center 328A

What is the three-year Public Health Scholars Program?

The Public Health Scholars Program offers an accelerated and intensive interdisciplinary course of study designed for highly motivated entering freshmen who are passionate about improving health.

Who is a good fit for the Public Health Scholars Program?

When you join the Public Health Scholars Program, you are joining a group of outstanding students who are passionate about making a difference. The rigorous course of study is designed for dedicated students who want to be engaged in numerous experiential-learning opportunities. Our graduates go on to make a positive impact on health locally, nationally, and globally. 


What are the Public Health Scholars Program highlights?

  • Live and learn in a residence hall–based community of scholars.
  • Engage with the DC community—and your community abroad—through internships and service-learning activities.
  • Study abroad with a small cohort.
  • Participate in core courses offered exclusively for Public Health Scholars.
  • Receive mentoring on academic and career goals by the program director and faculty mentoring in clinical, research, and/or community settings.
  • Take part  in year-round enrichment activities to enhance the program experience (guest speakers, dinners with faculty, group activities in DC).
  • Enjoy a culture of open inquiry that values diversity and inclusion as core values.
  • Participate in original research and scholarly writing with faculty in areas including epidemiology, global health, health equity, health policy, maternal and child health, nutrition, mental health, and health promotion.
  • Benefit from peer-mentor program and program associate (PA) guidance.  



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What Is Public Health?

Public health spans several disciplines dedicated to the improvement of the health and well-being of populations across the globe. This mission broadly focuses on the prevention of illness, disease, and health care inequalities.