Student Programs

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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 in 1989 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.

Page last reviewed: November 22, 2021