Leadership Development


The MCAH Program encourages and promotes leadership by providing students with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand and analyze complex, changing, and current issues in the field and develop, implement, and evaluate systems of care, programs, and services for MCAH populations.

Two-year MCAH students are required to enroll in an MCAH Leadership Seminar in the spring of their first year in the program.  The seminar combines modules from the MCAH Navigator, guest lectures, relevant films, analysis of current events, and facilitated discussion to develop students’ leadership capacities.  This seminar emphasizes critical MCAH competencies, including personal leadership development, cultural competence, ethics, working successfully in teams, and making difficult decisions.  Students take this seminar the semester prior to beginning their field internships, where they are expected to apply the skills and theory learned in the classroom in a real-world MCAH setting.

11-month and 4+1 MCAH students are required to enroll in a leadership course to fulfill competencies required by CEPH (Council on Education for Public Health, the independent agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit schools of public health, and public health programs outside schools of public health). These options vary year to year. 


The RISE: Berkeley Public Health Career & Leadership Office offers workshops and trainings on various professional development topics. All MCAH students are encouraged to attend. See a listing of upcoming events here