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. This is the second year of the mentor program. After a successful pilot with the HPM students it has been expanded to include all YSPH students. The program is sponsored by the YSPH Office of Alumni Affairs and the Association of Yale Alumni in Public Health.

Overview

YSPH students will select up to two alumni mentors with similar interests at the beginning of each academic year. Throughout the year students and alumni can interact via 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. 

  • 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.

Program Benefits

  • Alumni meet and guide dynamic and interesting students and help them prepare for careers in health policy and management.
  • 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 register for the program on this website. Students then review potential mentor backgrounds provided by alumni and select mentors on a first-come, first-serve basis. Student selection begins in November.
  • Students may select up to two mentors. Likewise, mentors may advise up to two students.
  • When a student selects a mentor, an automatic notification is sent to both the mentor and student. At that point, the process goes off-line and it is the responsibility of the student to contact the mentor.

Resources

Getting Started

  • Alumni sign up here.
  • At the end of the school year, both mentors and students will be asked to complete a brief survey to identify the benefits and the lessons learned to help us improve the program.

Questions?