The public health workforce nationwide has become more recognized and understood as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The workforce lacks diversity at its highest ranks with 66% of all executives identifying as white, and CUNY is uniquely positioned to advance the careers of diverse professionals while disrupting poverty. Rebuilding public health infrastructure requires honed support through education and professional development for those new to the field or seeking advancement.
Career Skills Academy (CSA) students enroll as cohorts and are taught by a dedicated career services staff. CSA staff offer high-touch, high-impact career services to build soft skills, from individual and group career coaching to skill-share sessions, workshops, and networking opportunities with CSA alumni and peer mentors. Through our signature Public Health Masterclass series, the program offers exclusive opportunities for Academy students to engage with employers and industry leaders. The CSA team matches students and professionals for networking, informational interviews, and shadowing, and they work with the students to prepare them in advance of these connections.