Interested in health and medicine? Gain an edge! Explore the field of public health (and college life) at the University of Georgia.

The Pre-Collegiate Summer Institute (PCSI) at the College of Public Health is an immersive, collaborative, and transformative one-week residential experience for high-achieving high-school students from diverse backgrounds.

This program helps prepare college-bound rising seniors for success by giving them an exciting glimpse of college-level academics and residential life at the University of Georgia. In addition, the Pre-Collegiate Summer Institute provides students exposure to areas in public health, health sciences, and technology.

Participants in the program interested in applying for undergraduate admission to the University of Georgia will have the cost of their application fee covered.  PCSI is offered to accepted students free of charge.


The 2020 summer session has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, applications for the 2021 summer session will open in January. Check back for more details.

Program Dates: June 20-26, 2021 (Accepted students must be able to attend all program dates)

What is Public Health?

Infectious disease outbreaks, obesity, opioid addiction, air and water pollution, teen pregnancy, and affordable health care are issues that not only affect individuals, but challenge whole communities as well.

If tackling problems like these intrigue you, perhaps seeking a degree in public health—the science of promoting and protecting the health of people and their communities—is the path for you.

Download the PCSI Flyer.

About the PCSI Experience

Students will enjoy the beautiful UGA campus and its outstanding facilities, live in campus housing, meet new people and make lifelong friends. The program offers participants the opportunity to live on-campus, get involved in UGA courses, enjoy extra-curricular activities, and benefit from college preparation workshops.

What to expect. Students will engage in hands-on, immersive public health courses taught by University of Georgia instructors each day.  Afternoons will be spent learning how to navigate the UGA student life like a pro with campus tours and workshops led by representatives from UGA’s Admissions and Financial Aid offices.  Evenings will feature some of the activities and traditions UGA students enjoy, such as a movie at the Tate Student Center, swimming at the Ramsey Student Center, or a cookout on the beach at Lake Herrick. Participants stay in a residence hall and eat meals in a dining hall throughout the week to complete their on-campus experience. Current UGA public health students serve as counselors to guide, mentor, and answer questions about life as a UGA Bulldawg.

How to Apply

The application for the Pre-Collegiate Summer Institute has two components:

  • Component 1: Completion of on-line application.
    • Click here (Application will open Jan. 2021) to access the Pre-Collegiate Summer Institute Application.
    • Due by Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
  • Component 2: Submission of high school transcript.
    • Transcripts will be accepted by e-mail OR by postal mail.
      • E-mail option:  E-mail transcript to with the subject line “PCSI Transcript”.  All e-mailed transcripts must be received by Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
      • Postal mail option: mail transcript to “College of Public Health PCSI Program, University of Georgia, 205C Wright Hall, Health Sciences Campus, 100 Foster Road, Athens, GA 30602”.  All transcripts sent by postal mail must be post-marked by Thursday, April 1, 2021.
Contact Information

For more information about the Pre-Collegiate Summer Institute in Public Health, please contact Dr. Brittani Harmon via email at

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