Public Health Scholars Programs

Public Health in Action: Stories from the Field
Exposing medical students to public health and current work that impacts health and wellness at a broader level.

October 2015 – March 2016

What is Public Health?

Public health is the science of protecting and improving the health of families and communities through promotion of healthy lifestyles, research for disease and injury prevention and detection and control of infectious diseases. Overall, it is concerned with protecting the health of entire populations. These populations can be as small as a local neighborhood, or as big as an entire country or region of the world.
Public health professionals try to prevent problems from happening or recurring through implementing educational programs, recommending policies, administering services and conducting research. Public health works to limit health disparities. A large part of public health is promoting healthcare equity, quality and accessibility.*


The purpose of AMSA’s Public Health Scholars Program (PHSP) is to expose medical students to public health and the current work that impacts health and wellness at a broader level. Through guest speakers, case studies, and individual projects participants will explore different areas of public health from the perspective of different sectors (academia, government, non-profit) and the work currently being done to improve population health.

There will be a series of seven lectures that correlate with at least one of the 10 Essential Public Health Services** from October through April, plus webinars on professional development. There will also be a subject matter expert presenting their work in the field and how they address that essential service. The lecture webinars will consist of a 30 minute presentation and 30 minute facilitated discussion.
*CDC Foundation
**Ten Essential Public Health Services

Tentative Curriculum

Topics include:

  • Public Health and Medicine
  • Global Health
  • Health Policy
  • Epidemiology
  • Community and Population Health
  • Environmental Health
  • Maternal and Child Health

Learning Objectives

By the end of the program, participants will be able to:

  • Define and explain the function of public health
  • Discuss cases and programs that are currently being implemented
  • Become more familiar with their local health department
  • Plan a public health intervention

Tentative Schedule


Participant Expectations

    • Attend monthly webinars
    • Participate in discussions following webinar
    • Discuss case study or journal article pertaining to monthly topic in online forum
    • Complete two final projects

Overall expected time commitment for program, including projects, is 3-5 hours per month.

Who Should Apply?

Medical and premedical students interested public health and learning how to incorporate it with a career in medicine.

Program Registration

Registration begins July 1, 2015 and ends September 14, 2015.
Registration is now closed.

AMSA Student Member $35
Non-Member $135*

* Non-member fee includes AMSA membership, if applicable