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SUHI Project: Chicago Medical School - SUHI Partnership


Chicago Medical School - SUHI Partnership


The Chicago Medical School (CMS) – SUHI partnership was established in 2012 to meet our mutual goals of improved community health and reduced health disparities.

Project Plan:

Through the partnership, SUHI hosts CMS students for summer and year-long internships. SUHI epidemiologists assist with the Clinical Epidemiology course and also provide consultations to CMS students and faculty.

Summer Internship

The summer internship is an intensive eight-week program at Mount Sinai Hospital featuring an engaging lecture series, neighborhood tours, and discussion sessions.  We cover over 25 population health topics in the lecture series, including an introduction to epidemiology and statistics, a physician panel on working in a low-resource hospital setting, an overview of health care policies and financing, program evaluation, and health disparities.  During the internship, students also work on current SUHI research projects, such as hospital-based interventions, epidemiological studies, or quality improvement projects. To apply for a summer internship, please fill out this application.

Academic-Year Internship

During the academic-year internship, students work remotely with a SUHI epidemiologist on research tasks such as conducting literature reviews, writing manuscripts or research briefs, and gathering publically-available data.  Applications are due by August 31 each year. However, after the deadline applications will be accepted on a rolling basis depending on project availability. To apply for an academic-year internship, fill out this application. 

Internship Project Examples

In recent years, interns have worked on a variety of research and program implementation projects including:

  • Evaluating a community health worker intervention to reduce diabetes burden in Chicago;
  • Examining racial disparities in life expectancy and mortality due to diabetes, stroke, heart disease, breast cancer, prostate cancer, and colorectal cancer in Chicago and across the United States;
  • Assessing the presence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma disparities in Chicago; and
  • Assisting with efforts to disseminate findings from the Sinai Community Health Survey, on topics including: maternal and child health, obesity, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and interpersonal violence.

Interns disseminate their work through multiple formats, including presentations to research and clinical staff, research briefs, publications in academic journals, and presentations at national conferences.


Benjamins MR, Hunt BR, Raleigh SM, Hirschtick JL, Hughes MM. Racial Disparities in Prostate Cancer Mortality in the 50 Largest US Cities. Cancer Epidemiol. 2016 Aug 23;44:125-131. doi: 10.1016/j.canep.2016.07.019. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27566470.

Hughes MM, Yang E, Ramanathan D, Benjamins MR. Community-Based Diabetes Community Health Worker Intervention in an Underserved Chicago Population. J Community Health. 2016 Jun 10. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27286843.

Hunt B, Balachandran B. Black:White disparities in lung cancer mortality in the 50 largest cities in the United States. Cancer Epidemiol. 2015 Dec;39(6):908-16. doi: 10.1016/j.canep.2015.10.003. Epub 2015 Nov 9. PubMed PMID: 26520620.

Hunt BR, Tran G, Whitman S. Life Expectancy Varies in Local Communities in Chicago: Racial and Spatial Disparities and Correlates. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2015 Dec;2(4):425-33. doi: 10.1007/s40615-015-0089-8. Epub 2015 Mar 24. PubMed PMID: 26863550.

Hunt BR, Deot D, Whitman S. Stroke mortality rates vary in local communities in a metropolitan area: racial and spatial disparities and correlates. Stroke. 2014 Jul;45(7):2059-65. doi: 10.1161/STROKEAHA.114.005431. Epub 2014 May 29. PubMed PMID: 24876083.

Rosenstock S, Whitman S, West JF, Balkin M. Racial disparities in diabetes mortality in the 50 most populous US cities. J Urban Health. 2014 Oct;91(5):873-85. doi: 10.1007/s11524-013-9861-4. PubMed PMID: 24532483; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4199450.

Hunt BR, Whitman S, Henry CA. Age-adjusted diabetes mortality rates vary in local communities in a metropolitan area: racial and spatial disparities and correlates. Diabetes Care. 2014;37(5):1279-86. doi: 10.2337/dc13-0988. Epub 2014 Feb 26. PubMed PMID: 24574350.


Chicago Medical School

Contact Information:

For more information about this project please contact


Maureen Benjamins, PhD, Senior Research Fellow