APHA Kaiser Permanente Community Health Scholarship


Congratulations to our 2022-23 APHA KP Community Health Scholars!

Deadline: 16 December 2022


The 2023-24 APHA Kaiser Permanente Community Health Scholarship, part of the Community Health Leadership Program, is an initiative to create a group of diverse, underrepresented public health leaders who are committed to improving the health of our most vulnerable communities and supporting achievement of health equity for all in the nation. The program is funded by a grant from Kaiser Permanente National Community Benefit Fund at the East Bay Community Foundation.

The scholarship supports the education of newly admitted graduate students beginning their MPH or DrPH/PhD in public health in fall 2023 at one of our eight partner universities that are committed to training the emerging public health workforce. 


Newly admitted graduate students pursuing their MPH full-time beginning in 2023-24 will receive a $15,000 tuition award each year over the course of two years of full-time study. Graduate students seeking a DrPH/PhD in public health full-time beginning in 2023-24 will receive a $20,000 tuition award for three years. (DrPh/PhD awardees are eligible to receive their award as a stipend or in a combination of stipend/tuition in the third and last year of the award.) Recipients must maintain the academic requirements of the graduate program for the duration of the scholarship.

The scholarship funds will be paid directly to the partner university upon confirmation of the student’s commitment to attend. This award is stackable (combinable with other awards). If exceeding the cost of tuition, overage of the award will be issued to the student via the university. Students are typically responsible for fees unless otherwise stated by their university's policies.


Eligibility Requirements

The scholarship is for new, incoming full-time Fall 2023 MPH and DrPH/PhD candidates in public health at one of our eight partner universities. (Students do not need to be admitted by the Scholarship's deadline.) Applicants must also be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. 

Online and hybrid full-time MPH and DrPH/PhD programs are eligible. Accelerated full-time MPH degrees are also eligible and will be considered for a one-year award. Dual degrees (BA/MA) for full-time study will also be considered for a one-year award but applicants must be starting their MPH in Fall 2023. 

Currently enrolled MPH and DrPh/PhD students are not eligible but should consider applying for the APHA KP Community Health Fellowship

Nursing, health administration (MHA), medical (MD) and undergraduate degrees (BS) are ineligible for this opportunity. Prospective students seeking these degrees should discuss funding opportunities directly with their university.

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. 

If you have other questions about eligibility, please review our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) or send your questions to scholarships@apha.org.



Partner Universities

The APHA Kaiser Permanente Community Health Leadership Program has partnered with eight universities due to their commitment to equity, inclusion and diversity. Applicants must be applying for an MPH or a DrPH/PhD in public health at one of our partner universities for the 2023-24 academic year in order to be considered:

  • Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
  • Georgia State University
  • Morgan State University
  • Portland State University
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Colorado Anschutz
  • University of Hawai'i
  • University of Washington


To be considered for this opportunity please go to our application: 2023-24 APHA KP Community Health Scholarship and apply by December 16, 2022.



Applicants will be notified with final decisions by no later than March 30, 20023.



Questions? Please email scholarships@apha.org.