Service Corps

Service to society is a core mission of the Center for Public Health Initiatives (CPHI), the Master of Public Health (MPH) Program at the University of Pennsylvania. As part of this mission, CPHI and the MPH program have launched the PPHS Service Corps (formerly Community Service Fellows) for current MPH students interested in enhancing their education and training by participating in service activities.

Who We Are: Dedicated and motivated MPH students who are driven by a passion and commitment to civic engagement in Philadelphia.

Mission Statement: Through expanding community partnerships, the PPHS Service Corp is committed to addressing community needs, fostering strong relationships, and sustaining health improvements.

How We Accomplish This: We achieve our mission by participating in direct service and civic engagement projects for a minimum of 50 hours per member within the 2017-2018 year (in addition to the 125 fieldwork hour requirement for the MPH program).

Each Service Corp member is required to find a partnered service site/non-profit/event that has some relation or impact within public health field. At our bi-weekly meetings, as well as through coordination of Service Corps Leadership, members will be assisted in working with existing partnerships, while doing their best to match your interests. We will also accept hours from sites/events as long as they are approved by CPHI and Service Corps Leadership.

How You Benefit: Beyond the experience of being more engaged with diverse communities across Philadelphia, Service Corp members will also be invited to attend talks/lectures/professional development activities, participate in social events, and will be recognized at the MPH graduation ceremony.

Examples Of Service Activities: Walk With a Future Doc, Philly HYPE, Penn Tobacco-Free Campus Cleanup, West Philly Health Fair, Program Evaluation, Data Analysis, and many more!

Service Corps Leadership 2020-2021: Alex Pero ( and Caroline Chivily (