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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 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.

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.

Community Partners

Our internship program relies on the dedication of our community partners and our network of professional mentors to provide guidance and support to our scholars and address the need to increase the diversity of the public health workforce. Together, we aim to improve the representation of underserved and underrepresented groups in public health and solidify the public health pipeline by training leaders that will ultimately raise the quality of public health services across the nation.

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We fund our UCLA Public Health Scholars through three grants:

  • CDC CUPS, 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.


Lindsay Rice
Kathy Silva