The Excellence in Mentorship of UnderRepresented Groups (EMURG) for Health Equity Leaders Fellowship Program supports federal public health careers and professional development to address health disparities. EMURG Fellows will be placed in one of the Department of Health and Human Services Agencies, for example:

  • Administration for Children and Families
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • Food and Drug Administration
  • Health Resources and Services Administration
  • Indian Health Services
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Office of Minority Health
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

EMURG Fellowship will increase the EMURG Fellow's understanding of and ability to address the social and political determinants of health disparities through ongoing learning and mentorship experiences.  The EMURG Fellowship is designed to increase knowledge and commitment to careers in the federal public health workforce.

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The 12-month fellowship program is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health. Fellows may also gain clinical experience and develop professional leadership skills in the public health field.

The goals of the EMURG Fellowship are:

  1. Recruit and support up to 10 graduate fellows per year
  2. Implement a 2-week Orientation and ongoing Public Health and Leadership Seminars
  3. Disseminate information through DHHS, academic, and national health policy presentations, and peer-reviewed publications
  4. Increase the number of individuals from underrepresented populations in DHHS who enter the federal public health workforce

Student Criteria

  • Student in a Master’s Degree or Doctoral Program
  • Students who received their master's degree or doctoral degree within 12 calendar months of the EMURG orientation (last week in May)
  • Grade point average > 3.0/4.0 scale
  • Commitment to reducing health disparities
  • Interest in leadership career in the federal government
  • Able to commit to the length of the program (Full-time/40 hours per week)


  • Academic foundation in political and social determinants of health
  • Experience working in the federal government
  • Multi-level culturally congruent mentorship
  • Stipend based on federal rates for academic level
  • Paid housing and transportation expenses
  • Sponsorship to public health conference

Please Note:

All 2022 Center for Diversity summer programs, including the Excellence in Mentorship of UnderRepresented Groups (EMURG) for Health Equity Leaders Fellowship Program, will be in person. Please note the format of summer programs is subject to change based on the COVID-19 pandemic status.

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