Center for Public Health Practice & Leadership

The Center for Public Health Practice & Leadership's (CPHPL) mission is to support students, faculty, alumni, and practitioners as current and emerging health leaders 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. We believe everyone can be a leader, and that we can all lead from wherever we are.

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 CPHPL 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 Association (CHLA), the Center for Health Leadership Fellows, the CHL Toolkit, the Leonard D. Schaeffer Fellows Program, the Advocacy Initiative, and the Health Careers Opportunity Program. Learn more.

Professional Development: The CPHPL offers a variety of professional development opportunities, trainings, workshops and courses that help prepare students, alumni, public health professionals, health care leaders, and community based organizations for excellence in public health practice. Learn more.