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 22, 2024.


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 "2024 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

2024 Summer Scholar Schedule

June 3
10:00AM - 11:00AM Darra Ballance, MLIS, AHIP (in person) Accessing Library Resources
June 5

10:00AM - 11:00AM

11:00AM - 12:00PM
Dr. Michael Vitacco, Professor, SPH (in person)

Dr. Alex Crosby, Medical Epidemiologist, Moorehouse School of Medicine (virtual)

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

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

June 7
10:00AM - 11:00AM Dr. Brett Burrows, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Duke University School of Medicine (in person) "Enhancing psychological well being & physical activity among chronic kidney diesease patients"
June 12
11:00AM - 12:00PM Dr. Ban Majeed, Assistant Professor, Epidemiology, SPH (in person) "Factors Associated with Cessation Success (Abstinence of Cigarette Smoking) in US Adults who use Tobacco Products"
Friday, June 21

11:00AM - 12:00PM

1:00PM - 2:00PM

Alexis Williams, MPH (in person)

Dr. Teal Banavides, Associate Professor, SPH (in person)

"Understanding Alzheimers & Dementia"

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

June 26
12:00PM - 1:00PM Dr. Lynn Glenn, Dr. Margie Miller, Dr.Monty Philpot
(in person and via zoom)
"Lunchtime Chat with AU Government Relations - Health Policy and 2024 Legislative Update"
July 1
11:00AM - 12:00PM Catherine Clary, Associate Director, Center for Rural Health, SPH (in person) "Rural Health: Why it Matters no Matter Where you Live and Practice"
July 10

11:00AM - 12:00PM


1:00PM - 2:00PM

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


Dr. Lauren von Klinggraeff, Assistant Professor, SPH
(in person)

"Obesity: America's Most Dangerous Epidemic"


"The Role of Summer in Children's Weight and Health"

July 12

11:00AM - 12:00PM


1:00PM - 2:00PM

Dr. Sara Redd, Assistant Proferssor, Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University (virtual)


Dr. Nicholas Colgrove, Assistant Professor, SPH (in person)

"Examining Georgia's Abortion Landscape from 2010-2022: Trends in Abortion Incidence, Gestation and Methods"


"Defining 'Abortion': A Need for Clarity"

July 15
10:30AM - 11:30AM Dr. Peter Rumm, MPH Directory of Policy Health Outcomes Military Exposures, Dept. of Veteran Affairs (in person) "Introduction to Military Environmental Exposures"

July 17th

11:00AM - 12:00PM

1:15PM - 2:15PM

Micah Bass, MPH, Deputy Director, Office of Public Health Ethics & Regulations, CDC (in person)

Rana Bayakly, MPH, Chief Epidemiologist, DPH
(in person)

"Public Health Ethics: An Essential Tool for Public Health Science and Practice"

"Georgia Department of Public Health, Chronic Disease, Health Behaviors, and Injury Epidemiology Section Data Sources, Description and Access"

July 24
10:30AM - 11:30AM Dr. Daniele Fallin, Dean, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
(in person)
The Importance of Public Mental Health"
July 26
10:00AM - 11:30AM

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