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The Paul Ambrose Scholars Program prepares public health and clinical health professions students from across 8 health professions to address population health challenges at the national and community level.  Since 2002, more than 550 students from over 200 academic institutions have become Paul Ambrose Scholars.  This program seeks to meet the current and future health needs of the public by providing mini-grant funds to implement a Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators project within a student's community or at their academic institution. 


Learning Objectives 

By the end of the program year, scholars should be able to:

  • Define and recognize evidence-based public health programming
  • Obtain the necessary resources to carry out a public health intervention
  • Use logic models for planning public health programs to achieve the Healthy People 2020 objectives
  • Advocate for public health issues
  • Collaborate with different disciplines and community members on a project

Program Structure

The Paul Ambrose Scholars Program includes four main components:

  • Online public health knowledge assessments
  • Three-day Student Leadership Symposium
  • Plan, implement, and evaluate a local community health project
  • Submit a final program report and evaluation for APTR to review for certification

Participant Expectations

  • Answer knowledge assessment questions
  • Complete short readings or watch video clips prior to symposium sessions
  • Participant in all sessions of the symposium in Washington, DC
  • Plan, implement, and evaluate a local community health project
  • Submit a final program report and evaluation for APTR to review for certification
  • Track and record project expenses for micro-grant reimbursement

Who Should Apply?

Health professions students who are interested in interprofessional service learning are encouraged to apply. Scholars are selected through a competitive application process. Applicants must be a current student in one of the following areas of graduate study at an accredited institution within the United States:

Health Profession
Allopathic Medicine Entering Years 2-4 in Fall 2015
Dentistry Entering Years 2-4 in Fall 2015
Graduate Nursing All Years
Graduate Physician Assistant All Years
Osteopathic Medicine Entering years 2-4 in Fall 2015
Pharmacy Entering year 3 or 4 of professional pharmacy program in Fall 2015
Physical / Occupational Therapy All Years
Public Health All Years. *APTR Member Programs Only
Review the APTR Council of Graduate Programs in Public Health database to determine if your public health program qualifies.

Only candidates who can commit to attending each symposium day in full (June 26-28, 2015 in Washington, DC) at the applicable symposium registration fee should apply should apply.  Scholars are selected through a through a competitive application process. 

Contact information

202.463.0550 x137


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