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Public Health Scholars Program

About Public Health Scholars

Public Health Majors ONLY - As a student at the School of Public Health you will have many opportunities to enhance your academic, professional and personal development through public health practice and research. To recognize students who go above and beyond to make the most of their Aggie experience, the School of Public Health developed the Public Health Scholars Program.

The Public Health Scholars Program awards qualifying graduate and undergraduate students with a bronze, silver, or gold medal for achieving certain milestones during their academic career. The level of medallion awarded is based on total points earned through the student’s time at the School of Public Health.

Please direct all questions relating to the PH Scholars Program to The Office of Public Health Practice.  

Reporting Your Milestones

One Time Registration

Request Scholars Milestones for Credit
Note: Use the same email address you registered with each time you add a milestone.

Public Health Scholars at a Glance - What is Public Health Scholars? PDF | DOC

EXAMPLE SCHOLARS ACTIVITIES

Activities may include, but are not limited to: 

  • SPH Professional Development Sessions 
    • Resume’ reviews, Job Search Strategies, LinkedIn Sessions, attending Lunch & Learn events, Practicum Prep sessions.
  • Attending regional, state, or national professional conferences
  • Participate in volunteer opportunities
  • Member or Officer of SPH Student Organization
  • Participate in Public Health Practice Outreach
    • Disaster Day, First Friday, Inter Professional Education and Research (IPER) activities, Big Event.
  • Attend Practicum Fair
  • Complete Practicum (Graduate Students)
  • Study Abroad
  • Present at Professional Conference
  • Win or place at Public Health Week Photo Contest
  • Present at University Research Week
  • Participate in PHield Trip

For an activity not listed here to be considered as a milestone, send an email with details about the event to publichealthpractice@tamu.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Public Health Scholars Program?
The program awards you with points based on the activities you complete during your time as a student at Texas A&M University.

Am I automatically enrolled in the PH Scholars Program since I am a student?
No. You will need to complete a one time enrollment online.

Do I have to submit each event as a separate milestone or do I accumulate points automatically?
Each milestone will need to be submitted for review and approval online.

What if I completed something that is not listed as a milestone? Can it still be considered for points?
If you would like to have an activity reviewed to see if it qualifies for scholars points, please complete this form and bring it to Megan Westerman in the SPH Administrative Building office 364B.

What is the amount of points that will qualify me for a gold, silver, or bronze medallion at graduation?
The amount of points needed per level is not listed in order to discourage any "point padding" behavior. If you would like to know your current point total please email publichealthpractice@tamu.edu.

Graduate Milestones

Practice, Service, and Outreach Milestones

Activity Points
Complete a 684 practicum experience 10 points
Participate in a Service Learning Activity 10 points per activity
Attend Practicum Fair 5 points
Active Member of SPH affiliated Student Organization 5 points/ organization/year
Hold Officer Position in a SPH affiliated Student Organization 15 points/ organization/year
Participate in Public Health Practice Outreach for SPH 5 points per activity
Organize a Public Outreach Program/Event 10 points/program
Submission of Public Health Week Photo Contest 5 points/year
Win or place at Public Health Week Photo Contest 20 points/year
Volunteer with local public health related agency 5 points/10 hours of volunteer service
Study abroad trip (<50% credit hours) 15 points
Study abroad trip (100% of credit hours) 20 points

Research Milestones

Activity Points
Graduate research as 686 10 points/semester
Submit to National Public Health Week research poster contest 5 points/year
Win or place at National Public Health Week research poster contest 20 points/year
Present at university research week 10 points/research week
Present at regional or national conference 20 points/conference
Author on a referred journal publication 30 points/article
Named role on submitted research proposal 10 points (GA,RA,PC) 20 points (PI)/proposal
Named role on funded research proposal 20 points (GA,RA,PC) 30 points (PI)/proposal

Professional Development Milestones

Activity Points
Attend SPH Professional Development sessions 5 points/session
Attend professional conference 5 points/occurrence
Participate in PHield Trips 5 points/activity

Undergraduate Milestones

Practice, Service, and Outreach Milestones

Activity Points

Complete a 484 internship

20 points

Participate in a Service Learning Activity

10 points per activity

Active Member of SPH affiliated Student Organization

5 points/ organization/year

Hold Officer Position in a SPH affiliated Student Organization

15 points/ organization/year

Participate in Public Health Practice Outreach for SPH

 5 points per activity

Organize a Public Outreach Program/Event

10 points/program

Submission of Public Health Week Photo Contest

 5 points/year

Win or place at Public Health Week Photo Contest

 20 points/year

Volunteer with local public health related agency

5 points/10 hours of volunteer service

Study abroad trip (<50% credit hours)

15 points

Study abroad trip (100% of credit hours)

20 points

Research Milestones

Activity Points

Undergraduate research as 291 or 491 credit

10 points/semester

Submit to National Public Health Week research poster contest

 5 points/year

Win or place at National Public Health Week research poster contest

 20 points/year

Present at university research week

  10 points/research week

Present at regional or national conference

20 points/conference

Author on a referred journal publication

30 points/article

Publication in Texas A&M University Explorations Journal

30 points

 Named role on submitted research proposal

10 points (GA,RA,PC) 20 points (PI)/proposal

 Named role on funded research proposal

20 points (GA,RA,PC) 30 points (PI)/proposal

Professional Development Milestones

Activity Points

Attend SPH Professional Development sessions

5 points/session

Attend professional conference

5 points/occurrence

Participate in PHield Trips

5 points/activity