Center for Public Health Practice

The Center for Public Health Practice's mission is to support students, faculty, alumni and practitioners to achieve excellence in practice as they promote individual and community health. The Center collaborates with academic, practice and community partners to make the link between teaching, research and the practice of public health and provides services appropriate to the needs of its key constituents. We promote a commitment to diversity, human rights and social justice in all we do.

Our goals are to help students:

  • Discern or refine what they want to do;
  • Develop practical skills, experience, and connections to
    achieve their goals; and
  • Be inspired, get a meaningful job and take action to make a difference in public health.

We fulfill our mission through the following services:

Internships:  We offer a centralized internship placement process that provides students from all concentrations with online access to over 130 summer and school year internships. Dedicated CPHP staff members help students find and select an internship that best matches their career interests, skill needs and objectives. Field supervisors and career services then assist students to obtain meaningful jobs that make a difference in public health. Learn more.

Career Services: The Career Services office provides a full range of resources designed to support students and alumni at all points along the employment path, from their first days at the School and throughout their careers. We offer career counseling and assessment, workshops, programs, and other events. Learn more.

Leadership Development: In order to develop diverse leaders in public health, the School has programs that provide action-based learning and promote diversity in the public health workforce, including the Center for Health Leadership, the Advocacy Initiative, and the Health Careers Opportunity Program. Learn more.

Training: For students and alumni, CPHP offers professional and skills training through the California Pacific Public Health Training Center and workshops and courses that help prepare students for public health practice. Learn more.