Graduate Student Epidemiology Program

The Graduate Student Epidemiology Program (GSEP) is a Maternal and Child Health leadership program and internship opportunity. GSEP is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), a department of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and has been around since 1997.  The program has trained over 400 students. After a four-year hiatus from 2017 to 2020, 44 students across two Summer cohorts have participated in the program since it relaunched in 2021. The application process, orientation, and 10-week summer internship experience are led by the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP). Students will receive a $7,000 stipend provided by AMCHP.

GSEP 2023 will be a full-time, 40 hour per week remote experience requiring no relocation. While the internship will be remote, student interns will have the opportunity for optional in-person site visits during the first three weeks of their internships, with travel and lodging covered by AMCHP. The virtual experience creates an opportunity for a more inclusive program, ensuring that students who might have been unable to relocate for the summer due to expense or commitment will be able to participate. Remote work also expands the list of possible host sites that may have been limited due to location or cost of living (e.g., those in Hawaii, Alaska, U.S. Territories, or Freely Associated States).

GSEP Goals and Objectives

AMCHP is committed to cultivating interest in the broad array of MCH careers and building the knowledge, skills, and abilities of practicing professionals to address current and future challenges – all while experiencing desired leadership growth and fulfillment in the context of this critical work. Our programs use adult learning principles to guide individual and small group training, facilitate mentorship connections, and offer hands-on experiences to put values driven leadership into practice across MCH domains and settings. These are deep, significant investments in people with demonstrated ability to contribute and immense potential to drive sustainable change in their respective jurisdictions.

Consistent with HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Leadership Competencies, Version 4.0, GSEP strives to do the following within the context of MCH epidemiology:

  1. Ensure interns have the foundation necessary to work within various professional settings to contribute to the health and well-being of our nation’s women, children, youth, and families and inspire others to do likewise.
  2. Provide leadership training and use the MCH Leadership Competencies to guide the measurement and evaluation of MCH leadership training’s strength.
  3. Cultivate, sustain, and grow intern connections with current MCH professionals in national, state, and local health agencies, academia, and other MCH organizations. Students and site supervisors should create opportunities across the 12 MCH Leadership competencies.

 

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Information for Interested Students

What kind of students are we looking for?

We’re building the college-to-work pipeline. We’re looking for currently enrolled graduate students with a strong, demonstrated interest in epidemiology and maternal and child health (inclusive of youth with special health care needs).  Epidemiology degree seekers are preferred.  Specifically, we want to expose students to three different career tracks/options for epidemiologists in the MCH field across all MCH population domains:

  • Women/maternal health
  • Perinatal/infant health
  • Child health
  • Children with special health care needs
  • Adolescent health

Students will have the opportunity to engage more deeply in one or more tracks and domains through their internship projects.

Steps required to apply for the 2023 Graduate Student Epidemiology Program:

  1. Complete a student profile. Preview the student profile questions here.
  2. Complete the student application. Preview the student application questions here.
  3. Request one (1) letter of recommendation. Your recommender must upload their letter of recommendation before the application deadline of February 22, 2023 at 11:59 pm EST.

All three (3) steps listed above must be completed before 11:59 pm EST on February 22, 2023 in order for your application to be considered complete and move to the committee review process.

READY TO APPLY?

Applications for Summer 2023 open on January 12, 2023.

The 2022 GSEP Student Application Period will be from January 12 – February 22, 2023. Applications must be complete and submitted by 11:59 pm EST on Wednesday, February 22, 2023.

Letter of recommendation guidance for students:

We require one (1) letter of recommendation as part of the application process. When you submit contact information for the person you want to write your letter, they will receive an e-mail from our system with a unique link to contribute a one-page letter (.docx or .pdf format) to your application. Recommenders will not be able to view the content of your application. Please communicate with your letter writer in advance to make sure they’re willing to submit something on your behalf before the application deadline of February 22, 2023 at 11:59 pm EST. Note that we will not accept more than one (1) letter of recommendation.

When thinking about the person you want to write your letter of recommendation, consider asking someone who knows about your skills, aspirations, and drive well enough to write about why you would be a great fit for all aspects of the program – and your potential to contribute to the field of MCH epidemiology.

You can share this resource with your recommender. It describes what they should consider while writing their letter of recommendation and the steps they will take to upload their letter.

Student eligibility

Student interns should have completed at least a full year of graduate coursework prior to the start of the internship. Students must be either currently enrolled or <12 months post-graduation from an accredited masters or doctoral level program in epidemiology, MCH, or related discipline(s).

Trainees or fellows receiving a stipend must be a citizen or a non-citizen national of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence, as evidenced by a currently valid Permanent Resident Card [USCIS Form I-551] or other legal verification of such status, by the start of the training grant, fellowship or traineeship, or award. A non-citizen national is a person who, although not a citizen of the United States, owes permanent allegiance to the United States.

Information for Interested Host Sites

What kind of host sites are we looking for?

We are looking for sites that can provide meaningful internship experiences for graduate students and share AMCHP’s values of leadership, collaboration, health equity and social justice, inclusion, integrity, excellence, and stewardship. We encourage many types of MCH programs to apply, including those housed at:

  • State/jurisdiction, Native American or indigenous, and local health departments
  • Non-profit organizations serving state or local health agencies

Read more about host site expectations here. This flier also covers host site eligibility, the benefits of hosting, and host site responsibilities. Preview the 2023 host site application questions here. Host sites will also need to create a host site profile; preview those questions here.

Apply Now

2023 GSEP host site applications will open on January 12, 2023 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis until 11:59pm EST on Wednesday, February 22, 2023. Questions? Please contact Candice Simon (csimon@amchp.org).

Contact

For questions about the GSEP student application and experience, please contact Mikayla Frye (mfrye@amchp.org ). For questions about the GSEP host site application and experience, please contact Candice Simon (csimon@amchp.org).

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U01MC0001 – Partnership for State Title V MCH Leadership Community Cooperative Agreement ($1,738,864). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. government.