The Fellows Program is an 18-month leadership development program that began in Spring 2010 with twelve incoming MPH students. Built on a principle of developing leaders from the inside-out and "leading from where you are", the program aims to inspire students to become the best that they can be and to strengthen their ability to make a positive difference in the world.
The Center for Health Leadership Association (CHLA) at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health is a new professional group dedicated to developing leadership skills through interdisciplinary collaboration. This student-driven association allows members to shape their own professional development.
The CHLA Board is a self-managed group that engages students from almost all of the School of Public Health disciplines, focusing on developing leadership programs and activities. The experience of serving as a board member provides students with a hands-on way to develop their own leadership skills by working as the governing body of the CHLA. The Board also provides a unique opportunity for learning how to build and manage a decision-making body and allows for relationship building between concentrations and degree programs.
The Advocacy Initiative is a program for students, recent alumni, and public health organizations to engage in campaigns to improve or protect health policies. This provides practical, hands-on advocacy training to augment other student learning modes. The overarching goal is for students and graduates to serve as effective agents of change for underserved communities throughout California.
There are a number of student groups offering a variety of opportunities to get involved in various public health topic areas.
Past Programs and Groups:
Since 2006, we held five Isms Conferences to gather together and explore the challenging issues around internalized oppression and privilege, promoting equity and inclusion in the workplace, and building inclusive and multi-culturally competent health organizations.
Council of Women World Leaders
Through its Graduate Fellowship Programs, established in 2001, the Council places graduate students in the offices of president, prime ministers, and leaders of international organizations to work on timely global issues, observe leadership in action, and provide a gender analysis of their projects. The Gender and Public Policy Graduate Fellowship Program and the Public Health Policy Graduate Fellowship Program have placed more than 130 students in offices around the globe. From 2009 through 2012, we partnered to place 11 outstanding student health leaders in Fellowships.
We all practice leadership in our everyday lives, but we don't often take the time to notice and recognize the ways we and the people around us make a difference, changing the world one step at a time. The Everyday Leaders initiative gathered inspiring stories highlighting how we all can step up, make change and make a difference. We featured stories from students, faculty, alumni and community professionals.
Pfizer Speaker Series
In 2010, we held a five part Distinguished Health Speakers Series, co-sponsored by the Pfizer "Moments in Leadership" Grand Rounds Series and the Center for Health Leadership Student Board.
Complex Humanitarian Emergency Leadership and Training Program
Sponsored by the CHL and UCSF Global Health Sciences, this program worked to teach students the skills they would need to deliver relief to a simulated population while under the stress of simulated rebel attacks and security evacuations. The CHE program was open to all UCB School of Public Health students and UCSF Global and health professional students. In May 2010, 22 students participated; 6 were UCB School of Public Health students. It was centered on an exercise that recreates refugee camps along a civil unrest area (based on real events along the Chad-Sudan border), in a remote Bay Area location over two days and one night.