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Emerging Leaders Committee

Public Health

Explore Public Health is a program of the Colorado Public Health Association designed for people of color ages 18-25 who are interested in learning more about the field of public health.  With the aim of increasing the diversity of public health professionals, Explore Public Health will provide participants the opportunity to learn about a variety of public health topics and network with a diverse group of public health professionals.

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Program Dates

Accepted participants are required to attend all four sessions of the Explore Public Health program.  These sessions will take place from 9 am to 4 pm on February 22, April 4, April 25, and May 23.


To increase the racial/ethnic diversity in the field of public health, the Explore Public Health program is designed to:

  • Increase participants’ knowledge of degree programs and careers in public health

  • Raise awareness around racial/ethnic health inequities

  • Provide participants with an opportunity to interact with and establish networks with various public health professionals

  • Develop participants’ leadership and critical thinking skills

  • Participate in an action-oriented public health project of the groups’ choosing

Program Description

Participants of the Explore Public Health program will meet approximately once a month between January and April to learn about topics including, but not limited to, the following:

  • History of Public Health

  • Health Inequities and Social Determinants of Health

  • Cultural Inclusivity 

  • Leadership and Communication

  • Systems Thinking

  • Evaluating Public Health Programs

  • Career Opportunities Available in Public Health

  • Public Health Degree Programs, Scholarships, and Loan Repayment Resources

  • Public Health Interventions In Action

Participants will also have the opportunity to connect with public health professionals and current students at the Colorado School of Public Health.

Click here to learn what some of the Explore Public Health alumni are up to today.


This program happens every other year, with applications open in December.

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