CSIH MentorNet connects Students and Young Professionals (SYPs) interested in global health with experts in the field for discussion and coaching over a period of eight months.
CSIH provides a curriculum of more than 40 diverse educational modules in global health, as well as a program liaison (MentorNet steering committee member) to support and facilitate the mentorship process. The program is very flexible, with mentors and SYPs free to adapt the program in a way that suits them best. On average, SYP-mentor pairs meet monthly through Skype or in person, using the educational modules provided by their program liaisons as a starting off point.
A successful mentorship experience is one that benefits both the mentor and the SYP through exploring issues in new ways and by giving/receiving career and life advice in the field of global health.
How does it work?
- Interested Students and Young Professionals (SYPs) and potential mentors apply online to participate in the program. The application process opens in the fall of every year.
- SYP applications are evaluated and scored using pre-determined criteria.
- High-ranking SYPs and available mentors are paired according to their mutual interests within the field of global health.
- After the first meeting, the SYP-mentor pair identifies modules of interest to receive adapted training materials from their liaison.
- The pair maintains a conversation either in person, over the phone or Skype, or by email, as often as they have decided feasible.
- To help stimulate conversation and discussion of global health issues, monthly modules are sent from the program liaison, including news stories, academic articles, multi-media resources, and other learning materials.
The expected time commitment is 1-2 hours per month for a period of eight months, beginning at the start of the calendar year.
Benefits to SYPs
- Create relationships with leading professionals in field of interest
- Learn from seasoned professional’s experience in global health
- Discuss career goals and seek guidance
- Enhance understanding of current global health issues
Benefits to Mentors
- Gain new insight into the global health field from a learners’ perspective
- Discuss current global health challenges with eager young minds
- Support and share one’s passions with the next cohort of global health leaders