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 excursions, and leadership and professional development. Located in Los Angeles, the program offers scholars the opportunity to train at UCLA, to explore public health in one of the most diverse counties in the US, and to experience the city’s vibrant culture. We work with community-based organizations, health systems, and government agencies to offer field placement opportunities for scholars that focus on health equity.
Scholars are placed at these partnering organizations throughout Los Angeles where they are exposed to the spectrum of public health practice and provided with professional mentors. To supplement field work, scholars attend workshops, develop leadership and professional skills, and receive mentoring from graduate students and faculty. Scholars become a part of a motivated community invested in creating healthy futures for all. Read this magazine article to learn more about the experiences of last year's cohort.
Cohort of 35-40 students participate in an 8-week in-residence summer training program (June 23 - August 16, 2019) with follow-up activities into the fall
Scholars are matched with partnering organizations, where the scholars contribute to public health work 3 days per week
Scholars attend structured educational programming two days per week designed to build public health skills and learn about professional opportunities
Scholars receive a $3,000 stipend, housing, some on campus meals, and metro pass
Scholars attend a paid trip to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia with Public Health Scholars from other programs across the nation
Scholars that do not live locally will receive funds for travel to and from the program in Los Angeles
Program Eligibility Criteria*
Interest in exploring a career in the field of public health
By the start of the program,
be enrolled in a four-year institution (community college transfers eligible) and have completed at least two years of undergraduate education OR
graduated Spring term 2018 or after and have not enrolled in a graduate program.
Ability to be present in LA and participate in program activities from June 23 - August 16, 2019
Willingness to attend events on evenings and occasional weekends, depending on the needs of the program
Willingness to participate in remote activities related to the program in late summer
Successful submission of all application materials
There is no GPA requirement
* additional criteria outlined in application
Step 1: Program Applications. Applications are now open!
Things to note: This will require uploading an unofficial transcript, resume, and asking for two individuals to provide letters of recommendation on your behalf.
Step 2: Online group interviews.
Applicants are notified if they have been invited for an online group interview
Group interviews are scheduled
Timeframe: Mid-March 2019
Step 3: Acceptance notifications and program enrollment.
Selected applicants will be invited to participate in the UCLA Public Health Scholars Training Program
Enrollment process begins
Timeframe: Last week of March 2019
We partner with community-based organizations, health systems, and government agencies located throughout Los Angeles to address the need to increase the diversity of the public health workforce, improve the representation of underserved and underrepresented groups in public health, and solidify the public health pipeline, all of which will ultimately raise the quality of public health services.
If your organization is interested in partnering with us to host undergraduate students, please contact us for more information.
This national program is made possible through the support of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of Minority Health and Health Equity.
Hear from the UCLA Public Health Scholars Training Program’s Inaugural Cohort