Maternal Child Health Careers/Research Initiatives for Student Enhancement - Undergraduate Program (MCHC/RISE-UP)

Funded summer research program in public health at one of three locations

The MCHC/RISE-UP Program provides opportunities for enhanced public health leadership training to focus on elimination of health disparities and promotion of health equity. Grant funding for this program was awarded to Kennedy Krieger Institute (KKI) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop a national consortium of institutions and universities built on the Leadership Education and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) training framework and the previous CDC-funded RISE Program grant. Consortium partners include: (1) the Kennedy Krieger Institute partnering with the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, School of Nursing, Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Historically Black Colleges and Universities, (2) University of South Dakota partnering with Tribal Serving Institutions, and (3) University of California, Davis (UC-Davis) MIND Institute partnering with UC-Davis Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. MCHC/RISE-UP’s ultimate goal is to promote a more equitable health system by introducing highly qualified diverse undergraduate scholars to the field of public health. All scholars interested in reducing health disparities and promoting social justice, especially scholars from underrepresented populations in the field of public health, are strongly encouraged to apply.

Scholars should select the Consortium partner site location that is closest to their permanent residence:

  1. Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD
  2. University of South Dakota/Sanford School of Medicine Center for Disabilities in Sioux Falls, SD
  3. University of California in Davis, CA

Deadline Information

Deadline: Sunday, January 31, 2021


ALL scholars participate in Friday weekly seminars on the CDC Winnable Battles through distance learning, beginning June 8, 2018.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible students are those who meet the following requirements:

  • Junior or senior
  • At least a 2.7 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Will receive baccalaureate degree within 12 months of MCHC/RISE-UP program orientation

Application Process

Application instructions can be found here.