Public Health Program

Leadership Program


The Public Health Leadership Program (PHLP) is an annual program partnering SCU Public Health students with local public health leaders for fellowship, dialogue, and experiential learning. PHLP will seek to:

  • Develop leadership skills among Public Health students, while deepening the commitment to effective and ethical leadership for social change among current and future public health professionals;
  • Provide public health students with deep and relevant experiential learning opportunities through mentored internships, while providing local public health organizations with skilled interns to further their missions; and
  • Build an employment pipeline for SCU students by expanding their professional network and opportunities, while strengthening partnerships between SCU and the surrounding community.


What will the program entail?

Seminars - The program is organized as a series of Aspen-style facilitated seminars in which the participants take deep dives into questions that are both pragmatic and profound: What do healthy communities and societies look like, and what kinds of leaders are needed to help build them? Each seminar will revolve around provocative readings that are directly or indirectly relevant to both health and leadership. Seminars may include invited guests as well. These dialogues will stimulate the intellectual, spiritual, and professional development of students and participating public health leaders in a supportive shared learning environment.


Internship placements - A central PHLP component is placement of students at local organizations for paid summer internships. During this 8 to 10-week internship, students will observe and practice leadership in action, while working on projects guided by their mentor and staff at their host organization.


Internship Information

  1. Students will typically work 30-40 hours per week for 8-10 weeks during the summer months, with the specific work schedule to be designed with the host organization.
  2. Students will receive a stipend of $4000.
  3. Students will work with a mentor at the organization to develop learning objectives and final deliverable products. Students will present their work in Fall 2018.
  4. Students must be rising SCU juniors and seniors (i.e. no graduating seniors). Priority will be given to Public Health majors and minors, but any SCU undergraduate with a strong interest in becoming a leader in community health can apply.


Who will be participating?

PHLP will pair eight students (per annual cohort) with eight highly accomplished local public health leaders. Student participants will be highly motivated Public Health majors or minors in their junior year. Each year’s PHLP cohort will be selected during the winter quarter, and the program will start in spring quarter. Public health leaders will be from organizations in the South Bay region. Together, we will create a powerful experiential “launching pad” for our students to become future leaders and change-makers!


What is the time commitment?

In addition to the summer work schedule for the internship, participants will be expected to attend all of the three-hour seminars scheduled for one Friday afternoon each in April, May, October, and November 2018. During the summer, there will be a full-day event incorporating site visits. Participants will be expected to read assigned readings before each seminar, and be prepared for discussion. Schedules for other meetings between mentors and interns will be mutually agreed on.


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