Alice Hamilton Scholar

A tremendous lesson we have learned in Flint is that we need to have a competent and capable workforce to identify and tackle pediatric public health issues. The Pediatric Public Health Alice Hamilton Scholar is a two-year post-residency position for pediatricians. Scholars complete public health training, mentored research, and clinical care with the Pediatric Public Health Initiative (PPHI). 

PPHI is a partnership between Michigan State University and Hurley Children's Hospital with a mission to improve outcomes for children.

Scholars will complete MSU's online Master of Public Health (MPH) degreeand conduct research as part of the MSU-Hurley Pediatric Public Health Initiative. In addition, the scholar will work in the public health-focused Hurley Children's Clinic, at the Flint Farmers' Market teaching residents and medical students and providing direct clinical care. 

The two-year scholar program is named in honor of Alice Hamilton (1869–1970) who was an American physician, research scientist, author, humanitarian, and social justice pioneer. She graduated from medical school in Michigan in 1893, then worked with Jane Addams at the Hull House in Chicago where she opened a well-baby clinic for poor families in the local settlement house neighborhood. The first woman professor at Harvard University, Dr. Hamilton is considered the mother of the field of occupational health and spent her life protecting vulnerable populations from toxic exposures.  


  • Scholar Director: Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH

Program Length

  • 2 years 


  • Clinical Care - 1.5 days per week in Hurley Children's Clinic as a faculty preceptor
  • Research  - Working with PPHI and / or Hurley faculty and residents, complete a capstone project focused on pediatric public health
  • MSU MPH degree - 43 total credits in the program: The scholar will need to apply to the MPH program for the spring semester. The MPH application process, deadlines, and application requirements are detailed on the MPH Applicant Information page

    Please note: Scholars accepted into the program can send an email to the PPHI office at, requesting that they forward the application recommendation letters to the MSU Master of Public Health (MPH) office CHM.MPH_Admissions@msu. edu to be used for their MPH application. All other application requirements are as noted on the MPH website

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Accepting Alice Hamilton Scholar applicants.

Dr. Gurbaksh Esch, Inaugural Pediatric Public Health Initiative Alice Hamilton Scholar  We are excited to welcome pediatrician Dr. Gurbaksh Esch back to Flint as the inaugural Pediatric Public Health Initiative Alice Hamilton Scholar.