School of Health and Human Sciences

As a first year graduate student we would like to offer you the opportunity to work with a ‘seasoned’ student through our Graduate Mentoring Program.  This is an opportunity for you to be supported, build community, and feel connected as you begin this educational journey.


How it Works

  • Interested first year MPH and PhD students should complete the Graduate Mentoring Program Interest Form that includes public health interests, educational background, skills interested in developing, and professional goals.
  • Mentees are paired with 2nd year MPH or doctoral students that have shared public health interests.
  • Mentoring lasts for a full academic year (2 semesters).
  • Mentees and mentors communicate with each other at least once a month.  Both formal (face-to-face meetings) and informal (e.g., Google Chat, Facebook) communications are encouraged between mentor-mentee pairs.   It is up to the mentor and mentee to decide what form of communication will be used.
  • Participating students are invited to attend socials planned throughout the year that provide  opportunities for all participants to interact in a casual setting.


Common Discussion Topics

Electives suggestions

Coursework expectations

Academic-work-life balance

CHES/MCHES certification

Time and stress management

Community meetings and events

Research and service opportunities

Internship suggestions and insights

Public health news and latest research

Career goals and employment opportunities

Academic and professional development opportunities

Reminders about departmental socials, advising events, prospective student open houses, and other relevant departmental/campus events


Is mentoring right for you? Consider:

❏Clear reasoning of why you need a mentor and how the mentoring relationship will benefit you

❏Good understanding of my personal abilities, strengths, challenges, and goals

❏Open to constructive feedback and learning

❏Willing to actively seek and maintain a mentoring relationship

❏Willing and open to communicating with my mentor in an honest, direct, and respectful way

❏Respect meeting times and other commitments

Frequently Asked Questions:

Why would I want to be mentored

Mentoring provides professional socialization and personal support to facilitate success while in school and beyond. Quality mentoring greatly enhances students’ chances for success.

What does mentoring mean?

Mentoring is a personal, as well as, professional relationship that is characterized by mutual respect, trust, understanding, and empathy between the mentor and mentee. In a good mentoring relationship a mentor will be able to share life experiences and wisdom, as well as technical expertise through their ability to be good listeners and problem-solvers.  Mentors make an effort to know, accept, and respect the goals and interests of a student and they establish an environment in which the student’s accomplishment is limited only by the extent of his or her talent.

How do I get placed with a mentor?

After filling out a mentoring survey, pairs are created by their shared public health interests, skills and skill sets interested in developing, background, past major, and career goals.

When do I meet with my mentor?

Mentoring sessions are agreed upon between the mentor and mentee and can be conducted face to face or through other communication avenues such as email, Skype, FaceTime, phone, or text.

How much time will this take?

Mentors and mentees should meet at least once a month.

Does it cost anything?