Leadership & Practice

At the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, we’re not just looking to produce graduates with degrees. We strive to develop our students into health leaders who are ready to excel in challenging careers, equipped with the knowledge and experience to tackle the world’s most pressing problems.

We believe one of the best ways to achieve this is to immerse students in the real world of public health practice in tandem with their time spent in the classroom.  To that end, MPH students in two- and three-year programs are required to complete an approved, supervised internship that will give them the opportunity to apply core knowledge, develop new practice-based skills, assess their professional capabilities, and network with professionals in their field.

The School’s Center for Public Health Practice & Leadership (CPHPL), led by Jeff Oxendine, oversees the internship program, ensuring that every MPH student is placed in a summer internship and that their experiences are rewarding ones. CPHPL also encompasses the School’s Office of Career Services.

CPHPL also provides leadership and professional development offerings to enhance the School’s ability to inspire and prepare graduate students to be effective health leaders and professionals. All are grounded in three guiding principles: the value of action-based learning, a commitment to diversity, and the belief that everyone can be a leader and that we can lead from wherever we are.

Our commitment to practice-based learning and leadership training ensures that our students will have an experience that’s uniquely suited to their public health passions and enables them to succeed as health leaders in their chosen careers.