Dear potential CDC Undergraduate Public Health Scholars (CUPS) Program and Dr. James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases RISE Fellowship (Ferguson Fellowship) interns, parents, and academic partners, As CDC is engaged in the national response for COVID-19, CDC’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) continues to closely monitor these events with your health and safety as our foremost concern. Given the impact of the pandemic nationally and its effects on communities and colleges, the CUPS program and Ferguson Fellowship programming will return in 2021 and in alignment with national public safety protocols. The latest program information is now available and we ask you to continue monitoring this website for updates on the programs. Please visit CDC’s COVID-19 website for the latest news on COVID-19. Thank you for your understanding and please continue to remain safe.
The Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) supports internship opportunities for qualified undergraduate and graduate students to gain meaningful experiences in public health settings. If projected demographic trends continue, how we respond to public health threats will by necessity evolve and change. The CDC Undergraduate Public Health Scholars (CUPS) Program and the Dr. James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases RISE Fellowship (Ferguson Fellowship) both represent one way that CDC is working to anticipate and address these needed changes. CDC established the CUPS Program in 2011 to support development of a diverse national pool of candidates who will pursue careers in public health. The CUPS Program exposes students to minority health and health equity topics, preparing them to meet future workforce needs. CDC established the Ferguson Fellowship in1989 to support public health research and professional development in the areas of infectious diseases and health disparities, with a special focus on increasing knowledge and interest in public health research careers among students from underrepresented populations.