Pathways Academy

In addition to the fun, hands-on experiences that give students the opportunity to understand the complexity of public health, the Pathways Academy showcases public health as a viable career option, and helps create a well-informed and diverse public health workforce for the future.

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Your path to a career in public health or the health professions

Program Goal

The goals of Pathways Academy are to provide opportunities for high school students to better understand the wide range of careers in public health and the health professions and to appreciate big ideas in public health, nutrition, occupational therapy, athletic training and physical therapy.

The overarching goal of the Pathways Academy is to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in public health and health profession undergraduate programs and careers. Students earn one college credit for successful completion of the program.

Adam Graczyk, PhD, talks about the benefits of the Public Health Pathways Academy.

Community Partnership

The School of Public Health and Health Professions (SPHHP) strives to expose youth in our communities to possibilities for careers in public health and health professions. To that end, SPHHP has partnered with the Erie Niagara Area Health Education Center (ENAHEC) to host this 2-week program for college credit. ENAHEC is a federally and state-funded initiative with a focus on increasing diversity by recruiting and training people of all races and ethnicities for careers in health care.

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AHEC Erie Niagara.