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The COVID-19 pandemic clearly illustrated the need for a well-trained and versatile public health workforce across California. The California Public Health Corps (CA-PHC) Training and Pathways Program builds capacity to respond to public health emergencies, such as COVID-19, by training and providing a workforce pathway for early-career public health professionals from all areas and communities across the state. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH)—in partnership with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)—are dedicated to supporting the next generation of public health professionals through the CA-PHC Program.
The mission of the California Public Health Corps (CA-PHC) Training and Pathways Program is to:
Create a workforce pathway for early-career public health professionals from diverse backgrounds and disproportionately affected communities to conduct communicable disease prevention and control, community engagement and emergency response activities at LHJ Host Sites; and
Ensure a well-trained public health workforce across California that can effectively and efficiently respond to public health issues to ensure the health and safety of the population
CA-PHC Fellows are entry-level public health professionals who conduct communicable disease prevention and control, community engagement, and emergency response activities at the individual and community level. After an initial three-week intensive training from the California Virtual Training Academy (VTA), CA-PHC members will be placed in Local Health Jurisdiction (LHJ) Host Sites for two years. Throughout their assignment, Fellows will receive ongoing mentoring and support from CDPH, the VTA, and their LHJ Host Sites to ensure they are successful in their role.
Eligibility Criteria (must meet at least ONE of the following)
The CA-PHC inaugural cohort launched in August of 2021 with 45 Fellows. To learn more about the accomplishments of the Pathways fellows check out our May 2022 Monthly Update here.
There are no current openings for the California Public Health Corps Program.
California Department of Public Health
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
UCSF Pandemic Initiative for Equity and Action
LHJ Host Sites, please contact Pathways@cdph.ca.gov
Fellow applicants, please contact Caphcpathways@ph.ucla.edu