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

2020 program dates have yet to be determined.


The program includes:

  • Orientation to public health at the UM-SPH
  • 1-week at the CDC
  • On-campus housing 
  • Stipend
  • Round trip transportation from your home to Ann Arbor, MI
  • Opportunities 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 in community-based organizations, governmental health organizations, health systems, and research
  • 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, Kennedy Krieger Institute, and University of California, Los Angeles. 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.

The CDC Undergraduate Public Health Scholars Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

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