Academic Health Department — Academic Public Health Corps

The Academic Public Health Corps (APHC) is a program of the Massachusetts Academic Health Department (AHD) Consortium. It is managed by the Massachusetts Health Officers Association (MHOA) and funded by the MA Department of Public Health (MDPH) and Office of Local and Regional Health (OLRH).


The mission of the APHC is to support public health agencies and to advance health equity in Massachusetts by engaging with public health students, alumni, and expert participants through interdisciplinary collaboration. The APHC achieves this mission through creating partnerships between 13 academic institutions across Massachusetts and local public health entities. Through this work, the APHC aims to  permanently strengthen the local public health system within Massachusetts. 


The organization started as an all-volunteer run and led operation, convened under an executive order deputizing the MDPH academic health department in 2019, during the COVID-19 pandemic. During that time, the APHC conducted vital contact tracing efforts for local boards of health with hundreds of volunteers.  

Presently, the APHC supports local boards of health through a primarily remote cohort based paid staffing model. Interns are recruited and trained to complete projects of importance to local health during their semester long experience.  

APHC Projects

The APHC plays an important role in supporting local health work while also giving students real world experience and professional development opportunities. Past projects have included data analysis, health equity support and research health communications , graphic design , policy research, vaccine clinic support, and more. 

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How does a local board of health/health department request assistance from the APHC?

The APHC solicits requests for assistance from local boards of health throughout the year, then assigns projects to their Corps members.

If you work in local health and would like to request assistance from the APHC to support your local board of health, please fill out this intake form.

A member of the APHC leadership team will contact you within 2-3 days to schedule an introductory virtual meeting, gather information on your request, and organize Corps members to respond to your needs. Please see below for types of projects that the APHC accepts.

How do I apply to become a Corps Member?

The Academic Public Health Corps is always hiring current public health students and recent grads for short-term Corps Member positions supporting public health across MA! Develop local health career readiness, find a practicum, and network with local public health professionals. For more information, please visit the full job description.

If you are interested in becoming a Corps Member, you may apply online.

Note: The APHC seeks to include a range of lived experiences in our organizational leadership. To that end, anyone who is interested in this role should apply — even if you do not perfectly match the qualifications listed in the job description. We strongly encourage applications and inquiries from women, LGBTQIA+ identified persons, Black, Indigenous, People of Color, people with disabilities, and others from historically underrepresented communities.

What are some examples of projects that APHC Corps members have worked on?

The APHC can assist LBOHs with the following services:

Health Communication (Print, Signage, Social Media, Websites)

  • Social media messaging development (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter)
  • Topic- and population-specific messaging and infographics
  • Signage to communicate health regulations
  • Graphic design and web development support
  • Written translations of health communications materials (flyers, infographics)

Data Analysis & Presentation

  • Data Analysis and visualization to highlight disparities and offer insight into public health problems in communities
  • Geographic Information System (GIS) Mapping
  • Dataset manipulation
  • Visualized data analysis reports
  • Data analysis consultation

Health Equity Support

  • Highlighting and supporting public health initiatives that promote health equity and service minority or underrepresented communities
  • Creating tailored infographics and informative social media content
  • Supporting health equity projects and research

Research and Administrative Support

  • Meeting minutes
  • Digital file organization
  • Policy guidance
  • Planning and research

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