Public health Leadership and Learning Undergraduate Student Success (PLLUSS) Program

The PLLUSS Program is a public health leadership and research program for undergraduate sophomore and junior students minoring or majoring in public health. The PLLUSS Program provides students with mentored public health research and community health activities, mentorship, and professional development, especially in the area of promotion of health equity and the elimination of health disparities research.

PLLUSS students will participate in a comprehensive educational and applied public health learning experience that will enhance their abilities to successfully transition to graduate and professional school, and ultimately to a career in public health. The PLLUSS program is a collaboration of the Kennedy Krieger Institute (KKI), Historically Black Colleges and Universities led by Morgan State University, Johns Hopkins University undergraduate program in Public Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and School of Nursing, and California State University – Los Angeles (CSU–LA, a diverse Hispanic-serving institution). Students from federally-defined underrepresented populations are encouraged to apply.


  • The student will participate for eight weeks during the summer program and five hours per week during the academic year, beginning on May 26 through July 18, 2014.
  • Adjusted schedule for California students: Orientation week is from May 26 to May 30. Research begins June 16 to August 1, 2014
  • Orientation will take place at KKI/Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in Baltimore, MD (May 27th – May 28th) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, GA (May 29 – May 31)

Current leadership and research mentorship sites include:

  1. Kennedy Krieger Institute (Lead Institution)
  2. California State University – Los Angeles
  3. Morgan State University
    • School of Community Health and Policy
  4. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
    • Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions
  5. Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  6. Johns Hopkins School of Nursing
  7. Johns Hopkins University

PLLUSS student activities include:

  1. Mentored research focusing on health disparities, urban health issues, HIV/AIDS, adolescent health, developmental disabilities, community health, substance abuse treatment and prevention, and child maltreatment and community violence prevention and treatment
  2. Seminars in public health research methods, health disparities research, impact of social determinants on health, urban health issues, and public health fellowships and career opportunities
  3. PLLUSS faculty and graduate student mentors for each PLLUSS student for up to two academic years
  4. Online seminars and journal club
  5. Public health undergraduate degree support
  6. Community public health presentations
  7. Abstract and manuscript development
  8. Conference participation

The housing and round-trip travel expenses for out-of-state students are available. Student stipend is $4,900 per year. All program activities are contingent upon CDC funding.

Application Guidelines

Students attending California State University-Los Angeles, Johns Hopkins University, Morgan State University, and University of Cincinnati may be nominated by their faculty. Students who are enrolled in undergraduate public health programs are encouraged to apply.

To apply for admission into PLLUSS, please complete the required application package by January 31, 2014PLEASE NOTE THE LINK TO THE APPLICATION IS AT THE END OF THE INSTRUCTIONS.

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