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 Graduate Student Epidemiology Program (GSEP)


What is GSEP?

The Graduate Student Epidemiology Program (GSEP) is a Maternal and Child Health leadership program and internship opportunity.  GSEP is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), a department of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and has been around since 1997.  The program has trained over 400 students.  After a four-year hiatus from 2017 to 2020, GSEP is relaunching this summer with a cohort of 20 students. The application process, orientation, and 10-week summer internship experience are led by the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP).  Students will receive a $7,000 stipend provided by AMCHP.

Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we anticipate this year's GSEP will be a full-time, 40 hour per week remote experience – no relocation.  Although different than in past years, this creates an opportunity for a more inclusive program.  Students who might have been unable to relocate for the Summer due to expense or commitment will be able to participate this year.  Remote work also expands the list of possible host sites that may have been limited due to location or cost of living (e.g., those in Hawaii, Alaska, U.S. Territories, or Freely Associated States).

GSEP Goals and Objectives

Consistent with HRSA's Maternal and Child Health Leadership Competencies, Version 4.0, GSEP strives to do the following within the context MCH leadership competencies.pngof MCH epidemiology:

1. Ensure interns have the foundation necessary to work within various professional settings to contribute to the health and well-being of our nation's women, children, youth, and families and inspire others to do likewise.

2. Provide leadership training and use the MCH Leadership Competencies to guide the measurement and evaluation of MCH leadership training's strength.

3. Cultivate, sustain, and grow intern connections with current MCH professionals in national, state, and local health agencies, academia, and other MCH organizations.

Students and site supervisors should create opportunities across the 12 MCH Leadership competencies.

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Who Should Apply?


What kind of host sites are we looking for?

We are looking for sites that can provide meaningful internship experiences for graduate students and share AMCHP's values of leadership, collaboration, health equity and social justice, inclusion, integrity, excellence, and stewardship. 

We encourage many types of MCH programs to apply, including those housed at:

  • State/territory, Native American or indigenous, and local health departments
  • Universities
  • Non-profits
  • Other organizations with Title V-supported work

Read more about host site expectations here.
Preview the host site application here.


Access the GSEP application at:
Applications are due by 11:59pm EST on Friday, March 19, 2021


What kind of students are we looking for?

We're building the college-to-work pipeline. We're looking for currently enrolled graduate students with a strong, demonstrated interest in epidemiology and maternal and child health (inclusive of youth with special health care needs needs).  Epidemiology degree seekers are preferred.  Specifically, we want to expose students to three different career tracks/options for epidemiologists in the MCH field across all MCH population domains:

  • Women/maternal health
  • Perinatal/infant health
  • Child health
  • Children with special health care needs
  • Adolescent health

Students will have the opportunity to engage more deeply in one or more tracks and domains through their internship projects.

Read more about intern expectations here.
Preview the intern application here.


Access the GSEP application at:
Applications are due by 11:59pm EST on Friday, March 19, 2021

Student Eligibility:

Student interns should have completed a full year of graduate coursework prior to the start of the internship. 

Trainees or fellows receiving a stipend must be a citizen or a non-citizen national of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence, as evidenced by a currently valid Permanent Resident Card [USCIS Form I-551] or other legal verification of such status, by the start of the training grant, fellowship or traineeship, or award. A non-citizen national is a person who, although not a citizen of the United States, owes permanent allegiance to the United States.


For questions about the GSEP student application and experience, please contact Maura Leahy ( For questions about the GSEP host site application and experience, please contact Grace Guerrero Ramirez (

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U01MC0001 – Partnership for State Title V MCH Leadership Community Cooperative Agreement ($1,738,864). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. government.