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California Pathways Into Public health initiative

​About the California​ Pathways into Public Health (Pathways) Fellowship​ Program

The Pathways Fellowship Program is a paid training and job placement program for early-career public health professionals to gain experience working at a local health department (LHD). Throughout the program, Pathways Fellows will build their public health professional capacity, specifically, building proficiency in core skills and competencies that support their ability to deliver the 10 Essential Public Health Services (EPHS)​.​​

Pathways Fellows support LHD host sites by conducting a wide range of entry-level public health activities. Key job duties include (but are not limited to): 

  • Communicable disease intervention activities ​​
  • Emergency preparedness activities​ 
  • Health education/communications and community outreach​ 
  • Public health program planning, implementation, and evaluation activities​ 

Upon completing the program, Pathways Fellows are more qualified to apply for permanent positions with local health departments or other public health agencies. ​​

Eligibility R​​equireme​nts

The Pathways​ Fellowship Program seeks applicants who are interested in long-term careers working in public health. ​ 

Applicants must meet one of the following work experience/education requirements:​ 

  • High school diploma plus at least four years of any work experience; OR​ 
  • Associate degree plus at least two years of any work experience; OR​ 
  • ​Bachelor’s degree​ 

Applicants must also be able to:

  • Work in-person at their assigned local health department; AND​ 
  • Build trust and use strong interpersonal skills with diverse individuals​​

Application Details

The application period for our 2023 cohort has closed. In early 2024, we will  post information about our August 2024 cohort recruitment. ​

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