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California Pathways into Public Health Initiative

​About California Pathways into Public Health Initiative (Cal-PPH)​

 Cal-PPH Mission: Increase the workforce capacity of local health departments across California by providing training, support, and work experience for professionals from historically underrepresented and diverse backgrounds.The COVID-19 pandemic clearly illustrated the need for a well-trained and versatile public health workforce. To respond, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) partnered to develop and launch the California Pathways into Public Health Initiative (Cal-PPH).​ Cal-PPH is an innovative program that provides training, hands-on work experience, and ongoing support through two efforts: a Fellowship Program and an Internship Program.

The Cal-PPH Fellowship Program is:​ 

  • A paid 13-month training and job placement program​ 
  • For professionals from historically underrepresented and diverse backgrounds who are interested in launching their public health career at local health departments​ Cal-PPH Vision: A representative public health workforce capable of effectively responding to public health priorities, promoting health equity, and advancing the health and safety of California's diverse people.

The Cal-PPH Internship Program is:​ 

  • ​A paid semester-long program ​
  • For community college, undergraduate, and/or graduate students from historically underrepresented and diverse backgrounds to gain exposure to public service at local health departments​ 

Cal-PPH has partnered with local health departments throughout California, representing the geographic and demographic diversity of the state. ​​

Cal-PPH Internship (Coming Soon)​

For More Information

Learn more about the Cal-PPH Fellowship Program and view testimonials provided by current Cal-PPH Fellows by visiting our VTA+ partner webpage.

Contact us at: CalPPHFellowshipList@cdph.ca.gov

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