These resources can help to enrich your experience as an M.P.H. student and jump-start your career.
The Public Health Mentor Network connects public health students to alumni/public health professionals to help with career and professional development. Mentoring relationships benefit both the mentor and mentee. For mentees, the program can have a key impact on future career choices. For mentors, helping the next generation of public health leaders can be rewarding and impactful. We hope that these relationships will advance real-world understanding, promote alumni engagement, and enhance student discourse surrounding public health issues. With just a few hours per month, you will create lasting relationships that will enrich your academic and professional life, even after the program ends.
The purpose of the Public Health Mentor Network is to facilitate active relationships between current students and alumni/public health professionals across various disciplines that encompass the Public Health Program at UND.
Alumni/public health professionals will be able to connect with UND students seeking a role model in the public health field. The Mentor Network will provide an opportunity to make professional contacts. Mentors will be invited to connect with each other as well as with students, if they so choose. Additionally, the mentors can potentially recruit promising students to their respective fields of work and increase the presence of their business or institution on campus.
- Commit to regular communication with your mentee and maintain your commitment throughout the program
- Set goals and expectations using the Mentoring Agreement
- Use the provided Mentor Network Guide as a structure for mentorship
Students will be encouraged to act as leaders and take initiative in their academic pursuits with enthusiasm, dedication, and confidence in their abilities. Through understanding the “big picture” of a public health education, they will see the connection between academic and professional life while planning ahead for post-graduate opportunities. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions, understand the modern workplace, learn about a specific company or field, determine the relevant skills necessary to a job in their desired field, and receive honest feedback regarding the practicality of their goals.
- Commit to regular communication with your mentor and maintain your commitment throughout the program. Aim for 1-2 hours per month as a combination of speaking with your mentor, prepping for conversations, setting goals, researching, etc.
- Set goals and expectations for the relationship using the Mentoring Agreement - be thoughtful in goal setting and reflect on what you truly desire out of your undergraduate experience and what you want professionally.
- Plan ahead for meetings with your mentor. Determine what questions you have your mentor so you maximally utilize their time and insights to grow and develop your career goals.
- It is your responsibility to drive this program forward!
- Career Development Resources
- Preparing Your Curriculum Vitae - Association of American Medical Colleges
- Resume Writing - Rockport Institute
- Occupational Outlook Handbook - U.S. Department of Labor
- UND Career Services - Resume, Cover Letter, Interview, Networking, References, Job Search Resources
Job Search Sites
- Emory Public Health Job Database
- North Dakota Department of Health
- Public Health CareerMart
- Minneapolis-area Public Health Organizations (via Macalester College)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- EpiMonitor Job Bank
- Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists
- American Public Health Association Job Seeker
- USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship
- Wisconsin Population Health Service Fellowship Program
- Ramsey County, Minnesota Public Health Internships
- CDC Public Health Informatics Fellowship Program
- California Epidemiologic Investigation Service Fellowship Program
- National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
- Fellowships, Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists
- Internships & Fellowships, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Internships & Fellowships, American Public Health Association
- Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program, Kennedy Krieger Institute
- Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows
- Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education Internships and Fellowships
- Mayo Clinic Internships and Training Programs
Become certified in Public Health
Students and alumni of the UND M.P.H. Program are eligible to sit for the Certified in Public Health (CPH) Exam. Read about why you should get certified, the exam, and how to study at nbphe.org.
Benefits of Being CPH
- Stay current on best practices and education through the user-friendly maintenance of certification program
- Assure the community which you serve/protect that you've met and maintain a national, professional standard
- Increase recognition of the public health professions
- Demonstrate commitment to public health beyond your academic training
- Show public health expertise by evidencing mastery of the core sciences of public health
- Protect the public by staying current in public health
- Distinguish yourself from others
- Advance cohesiveness and collaboration with your professional peers by starting from a common foundation
- Raise the visibility of public health
Handshake is the number one place for UND students and alumni to search for jobs and internships. Below are current job opportunities in public health and related areas. To see job descriptions for the positions below and for additional job, fellowship, and internship opportunities -- not to mention to apply filters for job type and location -- log in to Handshake using your firstname.lastname and password as you would for Blackboard or Campus Connection.