MPH Program Diversity

I wanted to make you aware of a great opportunity in the Vanderbilt MPH Program for individuals from backgrounds typically underrepresented in medicine. If you would be interested in applying or you know of potential applicants, I would be delighted to provide further information.

The Vanderbilt MPH David Satcher Public Health Scholars Program honors the public health contributions of David Satcher, MD, PhD, including his commitment to improve public health policy for all Americans and to eliminate health disparities for racial and ethnic minorities and individuals from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. The purpose of the scholarships is to enhance the diversity of individuals working in academic disciplines related to public health. (
The scholarships, which provide full tuition support (approximately $40,000 over the two years of the program) are awarded based on merit to applicants from under-represented minority groups. Application for the Scholars Program occurs at the time of initial application to the MPH program.
Scholars and other MPH students with an interest in health disparities will have the opportunity to pursue practicum work at the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine. Program funds are made available to cover costs associated with the practicum.
Vanderbilt MPH Program
  • Founded in 1996 to fill a need for public health researchers and other public health professionals with the skills needed to conduct quantitative evaluation of health sciences.
  • Two-year program offered by the School of Medicine for physicians and other doctoral-level health care professionals.
  • Includes didactic course work, public health practicum and mentored research, the latter resulting in a thesis.
  • The MPH program is open to physicians and other doctorally prepared persons
  • Typically, applicants will be clinical research fellows or faculty who seek training for a future career in epidemiologic, clinical, or health services research or health administration.
  • Applications are due on February 28 of the year preceding enrollment in September-further information can be found on the MPH website:
For more program information, contact William Cooper, MD, MPH, 6-2430 or