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Loma Linda University School of Public Health (SPH) welcomed over 30 aspiring professionals to its annual Careers in Public Health event on June 23, a gathering that showcased the school's master's degree programs and offered attendees a unique glimpse into the world of public health.

Participants ranged from high school to undergraduate students and engaged in hands-on activities that brought public health concepts to life. They immersed themselves in activities like a simulated refugee camp, addressed team conflicts in an ICU, and contributed to the local community garden by planting seeds, highlighting the diverse nature of public health work. These activities not only showcased the field’s varied courses, but also aligned with the university’s mission of wholeness, its vision to enhance healthcare workforce diversity, and its goal to reduce health disparities.

Adam Aréchiga, PsyD, DrPH, dean of the school, emphasized the event's significance and the importance of inspiring the next generation of public health professionals.

“The Careers in Public Health event shows our future public health leaders the impact they can make in local and global communities,” Aréchiga said. “It's not just about showcasing our programs, it's about inspiring the next generation of public health leaders.”

The event also featured networking booths where attendees were able to connect one-on-one with program directors and gain valuable insights into various career paths.

Finishing off the day’s activities, Richard H. Hart, MD, DrPH, president of Loma Linda University Health, delivered a keynote address emphasizing the critical role of public health in today's world and how the importance of events like these in shaping future professionals.

Participants who apply to the School of Public Health will receive a secondary application fee waiver and a complimentary master's course in their second quarter, making advanced education more accessible.

The School of Public Health looks forward to welcoming a new cohort of passionate students ready to address complex health challenges in our communities.

Prospective students can learn more about public health programs by visiting the school’s academics website or visit the Careers in Public Health website for information on next year's event.