Trojan Scholars for Advancement in Public Health

The application period for current MPH students is now closed

Applying to the MPH program? Check back for announcements regarding an upcoming application period for prospective students.


More than a typical scholarship, this merit-based scholarship and mentorship program is aimed at training Master of Public Health (MPH) students to attain knowledge and competencies that will enable them to secure positions in public health organizations that address health disparities and inequities among residents of Los Angeles County.

The program will provide full scholarship to select recipients that covers up to 42 units of tuition required to complete MPH training. Scholarship recipients will participate in an academic and career building mentorship program focused on core public health functions and social determinants of health.

As part of their training, MPH students will complete an applied practice experience (practicum) in one of the partner organizations that serve areas of Los Angeles County with high proportions of health disparities and underserved residents.

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Who should apply?

Those who are academically successful and committed to addressing disparities through working at a public health organization such as a public health department after graduation. Special consideration will be given to applicants of disadvantaged background.


How does the scholarship work for current MPH student applicants?

Current MPH students may apply to receive scholarship funds starting in spring 2023.

When will I know if I got the scholarship?

Current students who apply between November 9 and November 25 2022 and are selected for the program will be notified starting December 9, 2022. New incoming students will be notified prior to beginning the MPH program.

What does the mentoring portion consist of?

Mentorship includes:

  1. Monthly learning sessions that cover academic advisement, networking, and workshops specifically targeted for workplace development
  2. Academic progress monitoring
  3. Access to American Public Health Association education and training webinars
Do I have to commit to working at a partner organization after graduation? How does that work?

Yes! This program is part of a national effort aimed at developing MPH students to join the public health workforce specifically via a public health department or organization. USC MPH graduates will perform the important and fulfilling work of tackling health disparities in Los Angeles County.

Will you help me find a job that meets the scholarship conditions?

MPH faculty and staff at USC, along with Public Health Career Services within our department, will provide students with resources to aid in their practicum site search and job search in order to fulfill this requirement.

In addition, scholars will have opportunities for practicum placement and career development through the mentorship portion of the program. One such opportunity will be to network with the Public Health Advisory Board, which consists of more than a dozen public health departments and organizations.

Eligibility and Scholarship Requirements

Applicants must meet the eligibilty criteria to be considered.

Scholarship recipients will be required to adhere to the conditions of the scholarship.

Eligibility Criteria
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.2 or above (current GPA of 3.2 or above for continuing MPH students) 
  • Must be citizen, national or permanent resident of US.
  • Must be a current or incoming full-time student
  • Commitment to work in local health dept or community-based organization
  • Students who receive other forms of financial assistance (ie. tuition assistance program) or scholarship are not eligible
Conditions of the Scholarship
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.2 in MPH coursework
  • Maintain full-time student status
  • Enroll in PM 519 (Health Disparities in the US: Moving Towards Health Equity)
  • Participate in the mentorship program by attending monthly lunch-and-meet and workshops
  • Perform practicum at one of the partner sites which includes local health departments and community organizations that serve the medically underserved
  • Commit to intent to seek employment at one of the partner sites after graduation

TSAPH Program Leadership

TSAPH Program Manager

Academic Advisor, MPH Program

USC Tommy Trojan

Reyna Macias, MPH, CHES

How to Apply

At this time the application is open to CURRENT MPH STUDENTS only.

Announcements for prospective students will appear soon on our newssocial media and the scholarship page.

Assemble all components before beginning your application session:
  1. Complete online application
  2. Submit a one-page essay or video that describes:
    1. a demonstration of service to public health AND
    2. your commitment to work in a local public health government agency or community-based organization upon graduation
  3. Submit current transcript

    Applications for current MPH students are open Nov 9 – Nov 25, 2022

    Award recipients will be notified starting Dec 9, 2022

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