Career and Leadership Development

The Center for Public Health Practice and Leadership (CPHPL) seeks to bring our school community and partners together in interdisciplinary and collaborative ways as they improve the health of people locally and around the world.

We link teaching, research and the practice of public health through four distinct pathways: internships, career services, leadership development and community engaged learning.

We provide a full range of resources to support graduate students and alumni at all points along the employment path, from matriculation and throughout their careers. Our offerings complement students’ academic training so that they are well-equipped to adapt to a rapidly shifting job market, particularly outside of academia and effectively address emergent challenges in individual and community health.

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 offerings:

Internships: We provide wraparound support to MPH and DrPH students for the required applied practice experience. Dedicated staff members and Field Consultants help students find and select an internship that best matches their professional interests, skill needs and objectives.

Career Services: We offer a full range of resources designed to support students and alumni at all points along the employment path, from their first days at Berkeley Public Health and throughout their careers. We offer career counseling, workshops, programs and other events.

Leadership Development: In order to develop diverse leaders in public health, we offer programs that provide action-based learning and promote diversity in the public health workforce, including an annual Leadership Day, Leadership Boot Camps, support for student groups, the Leadership Toolkit, the Kaiser Permanente Health Scholars Program and the Advocacy Initiative.