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YSPH Mentorship Program

About the Program

The Yale School of Public Health (YSPH) Mentorship Program connects students to alumni who share common interests and have relevant professional experience. Students benefit from a network of accomplished alumni and in turn alumni can give back to their alma mater by contributing to the professional development of the next generation of health care leaders. One-year, 2nd-year (or further) MPH, MS, and PhD students are eligible for this program.


  • Commitment: Minimum October - June
  • Student Selection – One time per year during the Fall semester


Eligible (see above) YSPH students will select an alumni mentor in the Fall of each academic year. Throughout the year, students and alumni can interact via Zoom, e-mail, phone calls, and ideally, face-to-face meetings. Mentors can provide guidance on a range of topics, including current academic work, summer internship options, professional goals, and other areas important to the students.

Program Benefits:

  • Alumni meet and guide dynamic and interesting students and help them prepare for careers in public health.
  • Students learn about career paths of successful alumni, improve leadership and management skills, stay informed about the latest trends in the industry, and establish connections with YSPH alumni.

The Matching Process

  • Alumni complete profiles and then eligible students review mentor backgrounds and select a mentor on a first-come, first-serve basis. Student selection begins in October.