APHA and Kaiser Permanente Community Health Leadership Program

APHA and Kaiser Permanente are working together to support the development of diverse, underrepresented public health leaders who are committed to improving the health of our most vulnerable communities and pursuing health equity for all.

By focusing primarily on people of color and first-time students from underserved communities, the program aims to create a pipeline for diverse leadership in public health. The effort is geared toward first-generation college graduates, people from lower socioeconomic backgrounds and people from Black or African American, Asian, Hispanic, American Indian and other Native communities.


This scholarship award is intended for students pursuing a MPH or DrPH/PhD degree beginning in 2022, who are historically underrepresented in the field of public health. Preference is given to those who identify as:

  • first-generation college graduates;
  • persons from lower socioeconomic backgrounds; and
  • those who classify under race/ethnicity groups such as Black or African American, Asian, Hispanic or Latino, American Indian or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and individuals from other communities of color or underrepresented populations.

Applicants must have a bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited school, and be a U.S. citizen or hold a visa permitting permanent residence (“Green Card”) in the U.S.

MPH students will be awarded $15,000 over the course of two years of study. Those earning a DrPH/PhD will be awarded $20,000 over three years. Students must be applying to one of the following schools to be eligible:

  • Charles Drew University
  • Georgia State University
  • Morgan State University
  • Portland State University
  • University of California-Berkeley
  • University of Colorado Anschutz
  • University of Hawaii
  • University of Washington

The application deadline is Jan. 24, 2022. Apply Now!

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