CDC Undergraduate Public Health Scholars (CUPS) Program
CDC’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) supports internship opportunities for eligible undergraduate and graduate students to gain meaningful experiences in public health settings. Learn about programs that provide valuable exposure to a wide range of public health opportunities and see what past program participants have to say about their experience.
Why Does CUPS Matter?
The CUPS program prepares a diverse body of students to consider public health as a career to ensure a future where the American public benefits from a more diverse and better trained public health workforce. According to data from the 2017 National Population Projection Report of the U.S. Census Bureau, by 2045, more than half of all Americans will belong to a racial/ethnic minority group (any group other than non-Hispanic White alone).
A core area of study and practice during the internship is related to the health needs of U.S. minority and other populations who often are underserved and underrepresented in the field. During their internships, students work in a variety of public health settings including community organizations, health departments, university-based programs, and federal agencies.
Students display a variety of skills and knowledge including a focus on epidemiology, fundamentals of public health, minority health and health disparities, working with special populations, and biostatistics and statistical software.