UCLA Public Health Scholars Training Program
The UCLA Public Health Scholars Training Program provides undergraduate students the opportunity to explore the field of public health through hands-on training, structured workshops, group events, volunteering opportunities, and leadership and professional development. The program works with community-based organizations, health systems, government agencies, and others to offer scholars the unique opportunity to “learn by doing” public health in a large, urban city. Through internship experiences that focus on health equity, scholars work to advance the health of underserved populations by learning about the communities our partners serve, engaging with community members, and exploring the Los Angeles landscape while commuting on public transportation.
To supplement their field work, scholars attend workshops, develop leadership and professional skills, and receive mentoring from graduate students and faculty at UCLA Fielding.
The goal of the program is for scholars to expand their life skills, adopt a growth mindset, and prepare to navigate an every-changing world and workforce as resilient public health minded professionals invested in creating healthy futures for all.2023 Program Details
UCLA - Tougaloo Public Health Scholars will participate in public health workshops and community activities with the larger UCLA Public Health Scholars Training Program, however, are part of the UC-HBCU Initiative. Selected Tougaloo College Scholars will train with UCLA faculty researchers in public health and related fields.
The UCLA Public Health Scholars Training Program's internship program relies on the dedication of their community partners and network of professional mentors. The program partners with community-based organizations, health systems, and government agencies, and others located throughout Los Angeles to provide guidance and support to our scholars and to address the need to increase the diversity of the public health workforce.
Registration is now open for summer 2023 professional mentors.
UCLA Public Health Scholars is funded through three grants:
- CDC John R. Lewis Undergraduate Public Health Scholars Program, an undergraduate public health workforce training program funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of Minority Health and Health Equity.
- UC-HBCU Initiative, which seeks to improve diversity and strengthen UC graduate programs by investing in relationships between UC faculty and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
- The California Endowment, which provides supplemental funding for undocumented students.