APHA Kaiser Permanente Community Health Scholarship 2024

APHA Kaiser Permanente Community Health Scholarship 2024

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The APHA Kaiser Permanente Community Health Scholarship assists students who plan to pursue an MPH or DrPH/PhD at any of our affiliated universities.

Recent Updates:

Applications for the 2024-25 scholarship are now open. Deadline for application submission is Jan. 4, 2024. The program for 2023-24 starts in September 2023. Congratulations to the incoming scholars! Program


Our objective is to cultivate a diverse leadership pool in public health by supporting the education of underrepresented students dedicated to advancing health equity. The scholarship is funded through a grant from the Kaiser Permanente National Community Benefit Fund at the East Bay Community Foundation.

Scholarship Awards:

MPH Scholarship: Recipients receive a $15,000 tuition award annually for two years of full-time study. (Note: recipients attending Morehouse College in fall 2024 will receive a $7,500 tuition award each year for two years of full-time study.)

DrPH/PhD Scholarship: Recipients receive a $20,000 tuition award per year for three years. In the third and final year, the award can be provided as a stipend or a combination of stipend/tuition.

Scholarship Policies:

  • Degree programs must commence in fall 2024.
  • Applicable only to our nine partner universities (listed below).
  • Supports core and elective courses for full-time graduate study; not for study abroad or courses outside the required coursework or award period.
  • Recipients must maintain the academic requirements of the graduate program for the scholarship’s duration.
  • The award covers tuition only; students are typically responsible for fees unless university policy states otherwise. (Doctoral students may receive the award as a stipend in their third year.)
  • The award is stackable with other awards but not with tuition remission or waivers.
  • The award must cover at least 80% of tuition when combined with another award. If it exceeds tuition costs, the excess amount is issued to the student by the university.
  • Scholarship funds are paid directly to the partner university upon confirmation of the student’s commitment to attend.

Eligibility: All applicants must:

  • Apply for a full-time MPH or a DrPH/PhD in public health at one of our partner universities for the 2024-2025 academic year. Admission is not required by the scholarship deadline.
  • Be U.S. citizens or hold a permanent residence visa (Green Card) in the U.S.

Partner Universities:

  • Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
  • Georgia State University
  • Morehouse School of Medicine
  • Morgan State University
  • Portland State University (OHSU-PSU)
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, Irvine
  • University of Colorado Anschutz
  • University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
  • University of Washington

Eligible Program Types:

  • In-person MPH and DrPH/PhD
  • Online or hybrid MPH and DrPH/PhD
  • Accelerated MPH (considered for a one-year award)
  • Dual degrees (Bachelor’s/Master’s) with the applicant starting their MPH in the upcoming year (considered for a one-year award) (Note: Dual programs such as MSW/MPH, MPH/MPP, MPH/MPA are not eligible.) Currently enrolled MPH and DrPh/PhD students are not eligible but may apply for the APHA Kaiser Permanente Community Health Fellowship.

Preference will be given to applicants who:

  • Identify as first-generation college graduates
  • Come from lower socioeconomic backgrounds
  • Belong to race/ethnicity groups such as Blacks or African Americans, Asians, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders, and individuals from other communities of color or underrepresented populations.

Selection Process: 2023-24 Timeline

  • Application Released: Nov. 3, 2023
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 4, 2024
  • Applicants Notified: March 29, 2024


For questions about this opportunity, email [email protected] or refer to our FAQs.

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