Public Health Fellows & Interns

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The Skorton Center for Health Initiatives trains future health professionals through Public Health Fellowships and student internships. 

Public Health Fellows  

The Public Health Fellows position was created  to reflect the emerging public health approach to college student health. Since 2011, Public Health Fellows have enhanced Cornell Health’s outreach and educational efforts, and have made significant contributions to campus health initiatives. 

Public Health Fellows:

  • utilize “near peer” student connections to promote and deliver innovative strategies to address student mental health and well-being, alcohol and other drugs, sexual violence, and hazing, as well as other emerging student health issues
  • contribute to the work of the Skorton Center by facilitating educational outreach efforts and contributing to research and evaluation projects

To learn more about the Public Health Fellow position, consider watching the video below to learn about the experience of recent Fellows. You can also read more about individual Fellows (and their backgrounds) in the chart below the video.

2020-2021 Public Health Fellows

The primary responsibilities of the Public Health Fellows include facilitating various health outreach programs to student organizations (including Notice and Respond: Friend 2 Friend, Thrive, Intervene, sexual violence prevention, hazing prevention, and other related education programs).

Adaeze Okorie staff photo

Adaeze Okorie, '20
Public Health Fellow

Adaeze majored in Biology and Society in CALS with a minor in Health Equity. As an undergraduate student at Cornell, she was involved with the Nigerian Students Association, Baraka Kwa Wimbo All-Female Gospel A Cappella Ensemble, Cornell Fitness Centers, Scholars in Our Society and Africa (SOSA), Cornell Prison Education Program, and Meinig Family Cornell National Scholars. She first explored her passion for public health while working as an intern with the Division of Public Health and Community Services in her hometown of Nashua, NH, under their Substance Misuse Prevention Coordinator. After serving as a Public Health Fellow, she will pursue her MPH.

Johan Kjorven staff photo

Johan Kjorven, '19
Public Health Fellow

Johan majored in Biological Sciences with a minor in Music. While at Cornell he participated in undergraduate research, worked as a Writing Tutor for the Knight Institute, and was involved with Greek life. Johan was also a keyboard accompanist for the Cornell Opera Society and would often attend concerts and musical events on campus. He is fluent in both Norwegian and Spanish, and his interest in global health has led him to pursue a DDS/MPH program in the future.

Read about the paths of our former Public Health Fellows (CU NetID required). 

GPHS student interns 

The Skorton Center for Health Initiatives has partnered with the College of Human Ecology to provide students in the Global and Public Health Sciences (GPHS) major with a student internship opportunity within Cornell Health. Internships are not currently available. We anticipate that the next internship will be offered during the 2021-2022 school year.