Youth Public Health Conference

Due to federal budget cuts, we regret to inform you that Virginia Tech will not be hosting a Let’s Talk Public Health Conference for Summer 2014. However, stay tuned here for future Let’s Talk Public Health initiatives!

Virginia’s Commonwealth Public Health Training Center is inviting rising high school juniors and seniors from across the state to challenge their conceptions of public health through participation in Let’s Talk Public Health at Virginia Tech.

Over the course of three days, fifty students will have the opportunity to learn from public health professionals from a wide array of disciplines and backgrounds while working to answer the questions “What is public health?” “What do careers in public health look like?” and “How can I become involved?”

Cost of attendance to the camp includes all equipment, supplies, fees for organized extracurricular events, on-campus meals and housing. Transportation to and from Blacksburg is also included. Need-based scholarships are available.

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Quotes from 2013 Conference Participants

  • “I came home from the conference with a new, profound love of public health, which has made me change my future plans and aim for a college which allows me to study public health.”
  • “I didn’t know that I would be so fascinated by public health. I will most likely have public health as a minor in college.”
  • “Having the opportunity to have a chance to experience and learn more about public health has been eye-opening. I feel that I know I can go back to my hometown and be able to help inform people that having a healthy community will produce healthy people.”

Video of the 2012 Conference

Watch this short video to see the experiences of students at last year's conference:


Photos from Previous Conferences