The IPPH Summer Public Health Scholars Program is a 8-week paid internship that includes hands-on experience and immersion in a public health research setting.

Scholars will attend weekly seminars and lectures with public health leaders. IPPH faculty members will mentor interns, exposing them to the breadth of public health. Interested students should identify up to 2 faculty members with whom they would like to work. More information about each faculty member, including a broad description of their research interests can be found here.


Applicants must have a bachelor's degree and be enrolled as a full-time student in an Augusta University graduate or professional degree program. Applicants must be in good academic standing with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4-point scale).

The application deadline is March 1, 2023.

2023 Application Deadline has Closed


Application Process

1. Complete the Summer Scholar application
Please click on the "Apply Here" button and you will be asked to provide basic applicant information as well as brief responses to questions about research interest.
  • Why are you interested in the IPPH Summer Public Health Scholars Program? (Max 200 words)
  • How will the Summer Program experience help you reach your career objectives? (Max 200 words)
  • Describe one or more public health research topics in which you would like to conduct research. (Max 100 words)
  • What would you bring to the Summer Scholar program? (Max 100 words)

2. Submit Resume
You will need to submit a resume or CV containing current GPA via email with the e-mail header "2023 Summer Scholars Resume"

3. Qualifying applicants will be contacted for an interview 
Applicants will be notified via e-mail in April if they are selected for the program. 

Applicants will be notified via e-mail in April if they are selected for the program. 

IPPH Summer Scholar Program

2023 Summer Scholar Schedule

June 5
2:30 - 3:30 PM Darra Ballance, MLIS, AHIP
(in person)
Accessing Library Resources  
June 7

1:30 - 2:30 PM


2:30 - 3:30 PM

Karen Ebey-Tessendorf, District Program Manager
Morgan McClendon, Community Health Coordinator - Active Living, Georgia Department of Public Health (Macon)
(in person)

Dr. Aaron Johnson, Director of IPPH
Catherine Clary, Associate Director, Center for Rural Health, IPPH
Jen Jaremski, Research Associate, IPPH
Kit Wootten, Public Health Analust, IPPH
(in person)

"Improving the Built Environment in Rural Georgia: A Strategy to Increase Physical Activity"


"The Healthy Georgia Report"

June 12
2:00 - 3:00 PM Dr. Teal Benevides, Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy
(in person)
"Disparities in Access to Services for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum Across the Lifespan"  
June 14

2:30 - 3:30 PM

Catherine Clary, Associate Director, Center for Rural Health
(in person)

"Rural Health: Why it Matters No Matter Where you Live and Practice"


June 21
2:00 - 3:00 PM Dr. Ban Majeed, Assistant Professor, Epidemiology
(in person)
"Tobacco Use Disorder: Diagnosis and Treatment"  
June 23
8:30 - 9:30 AM Dr. Richard Sams, Professor, Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home
(in person)
“The Iatrongenic Opioid Drug Crisis: A Primary Care Response"  
June 28
2:00 - 3:00 PM

Dr. Lynn Glenn, Assistant Professor, College of Nursing
Dr. Marlo Vernon, Assistant Professor, College of Allied Health Sciences
(in person)

"Public Health Research: approaches to Address Disparities in Maternal and Child Health"  
July 6

1:00 - 2:00 PM

Dr. Jaine McKenzie, Assistant Professor, Minimally Invasive/Bariatric Surgery
(in person)

"Obesity: America's Most Dangerous Epidemic"


July 11
2:00 - 3:00 PM

Dr. Alex Crosby, Medical Epidemiologist, CDC (Retired)

"Do we have to accept it? Interpersonal violence prevention in the United States"


July 12

2:00 - 3:00 PM

Dr. Michael Vitacco, Professor, Psychiatry
(in person)

"Irreparably Corrupt and Incorrigible: Developmental Maturity, The Law, and Public Policy"


July 26
2:00 - 3:00 PM Dr. Melanie Wilcox, Assistant Professor, Psychology
(in person)
"Racism is a Public Health Issue"  
July 28
10:00-12:00 PM

Final Presentations
(in person)

Summer Scholar Students  

Striving to Serve and Train

IPPH strives to improve health and has many programs to help researchers striving to do the same.


Grants Mentoring Summer Scholars Graduate Certificate in Bioethics