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Student Leadership Opportunities

CSUSM Public Health has several leadership opportunities available to students. Leadership is about the process of developing skills and values rather than holding a specific position. These student leadership roles help to establish a sense of connection at CSUSM by hosting social and educational events and providing students with a meaningful graduate experience.

Leadership Opportunities

  • GoPH Team Member

    The Graduate Organization of Public Health (GoPH) is organized for graduate students by graduate students.


    • President
    • Vice President
    • Treasurer
    • Secretary
    • Public Relations
    • Event Coordinator

    *Positions opening soon

  • MPH Mentorship Program

    Through the Mentorship Program, incoming MPH students will be paired with an established student mentor who will provide guidance and peer support invaluable in the early stages of our MPH Program. The goal of the mentorship program is to encourage students to build lasting connections with their peers, share resources, and make a meaningful and impact on our program going forward. Mentors and mentees  meet at least 2 times, in person or virtually, to discuss the mentee's progress through the program and provide them with any guidance they may need throughout the semester.

    Students, if you are interested in the Peer Mentor Program, please email with the subject line Mentor Interest (for established students) or Mentee Interest (for new, incoming students).

  • Multicultural Certification

    All MPH students are encouraged to complete the Multicultural Intelligence & Leadership Certificate (MIL). The training supports our continued commitment of social justice through our Department of Public Health mission of enhancing wellness and reducing disparities in health through community collaborations and by preparing culturally responsive professionals. Students will develop capacity and knowledge around equity, inclusion, and diversity, which leads and initiates positive social change. 

    Students if you are interested, please complete the MIL interest form.

    Contact Student Leadership & Involvement Center (SLIC) for more information or questions. 

Leadership Core Competencies

The student leadership core competencies focus on knowledge, skills, and abilities. We hope students will strengthen their leadership skills while serving in their respective roles. These core competencies inform the recruitment and selection processes, training, development content, and assessment of student leader progress toward the competencies.

  • Active Listening
  • Advocacy/Voice
  • Communication
  • Growth Mindset
  • Inclusive
  • Empathy
  • Compassion
  • Perspective
  • Guidance, Mentorship
  • Time Management
  • Authentic Engagement/Meaningful Dialogue
  • Well-being