The IPPH Summer Public Health Scholars Program is a 9-week 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 will be in winter 2023.

Public Health Summer Scholar Program Schedule 2022

Summer Scholars 2022

Tuesday, May 31, 2022 1:00-2:00 PM Darra Ballance, MLIS, AHIP (in person) Accessing Library Resources  
Wednesday, June 1, 2022 12:30 - 2:00 PM 12:30 PM - Denise Kornegay, Director, AHEC (in person)
12:45 PM - Steve Coughlin, Professor, Epidemiology (virtual)
1:00 PM - Elizabeth Culatta, Assistant Professor, Sociology (virtual)
1:15 PM - Lorriane Odhiambo, Assistant Reseach Scientist (virtual)

Faculty Interests/Research
Wednesday, June 8, 2022 10:00-11:00 AM Dr. Alex Crosby, Medical Epidemiologist, CDC (retired) (virtual) "Do we have to accept it? Interpersonal violence prevention in the United States"  
Wednesday, June 15, 2022

11:00 - 11:30 AM

Dr. Monirul Islam, Associate Professor, Epidemiology (virtual)

"Colorectal Cancer Screening in GA: Evidence Based Interventions"


Wednesday, June 22, 2022 9:30-10:30 AM Dr. Richard Sams, Professor, Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home (in person) "The Iatrogenic Opioid Drug Crisis: A Primary Care Response"  
Friday, June 24, 2022 10:30-11:30 AM Dr. Lee Merchen (in person)
Dr. Kimberly Allen (in person)
Mie Lucas (in person)
Georgia Department of Public Health
“VaxUP! Augusta: Lessons Learned from an Incentive-Linked Vaccination Program” GPHA Summer Scholar '22
Wednesday, June 29, 2022 9:30-12:00 PM Dr. John A. Steward, Sr. Academic Professional Emeritus, Georgia State University
(in person)
"How Built Environment Shapes Public Health" dr steward
Tuesday, July 12, 2022

12:00 - 1:00 PM

Dr. Mark Ebell, MD, MS (virtual)

"Controversies in Cancer Screening"


Wednesday, July 13, 2022

9:00-10:00 AM




10:30-11:30 AM

Dr. Melanie Wilcox, Assistant Professor, Psychology (in person)




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

"Racism is a Public Health Issue"




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


Wednesday, July 18, 2022

11:15 - 12:15 PM

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

"Public Health Research: Approaches to Address Disparities om Maternal and Child Health."


Wednesday, July 20, 2022 10:00-11:00 AM Dr. Ban Majeed, Assistant Professor, Epidemiology (in person) "Tobacco Use Disorder: Diagnosis and Treatment" Ban Majeed and 2022 Summer Scholars
Wednesday, July 27, 2022

9:00-10:00 AM

10:30-11:30 AM

Dr. Paul Seale, Professor, Psychiatry (virtual)


Dr. Teal Benevides, Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy (in person)

"Current Research on Opioids and Alcohol and Life Lessons About Research"

"Disparities in Access to Services for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum Across the Lifespan"


Friday, July 29, 2022 10:00-12:00 PM

Final Presentations (in person)

Summer Scholar Students  

Application Process

1. Click the "Apply Here" button above to complete the application

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 "2022 Summer Scholars Resume"

3. Qualifying applicants will be contacted for and interview 

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

The application process has been closed for 2022.

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