Youth Public Health Conference

On July 27th, 2014, 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.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Where will I stay?

Conference participants will stay in dormitories on the Virginia Tech campus.

How much will it cost?

The cost of the Let’s Talk Public Health Conference is $150.00. The fee includes all equipment, supplies, transportation, fees for organized extracurricular events, on-campus meals and housing. Need-based scholarships are available. This fee may change prior to the notification of accepted applicants.

Who is the sponsor?

The Virginia Commonwealth PHTC is one of 33 Public Health Training Centers in the U.S. funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to provide fundamental training to the public health workforce. Let’s Talk Public Health is funded through the Virginia Commonwealth Public Health Training Center Pipeline Initiative; an initiative established to strengthen the public health educational pipeline in Virginia. The Commonwealth PHTC Pipeline Initiative seeks to make public health a priority in Virginia to address disparities and inequities, encourage community dialogue concerning health promotion, and increase the number of public health professionals in the workforce.

How do I sign up?

We're currently accepting applications for the Summer 2014 Conference. The form can be accessed here and should be filled in before being printed. If the form doesn't appear or no fields are highlighted, please try again using Adobe Reader (available here).

What important dates should I be aware of?

  • Application Deadlines Early Decision Applications Receive Priority Consideration
    • Early Decision: May 15th, 2014
    • Final Deadline: June 30th, 2014
  • Payment Due: Submitted with Registration Forms after the Application and Review Periods End
  • Conference Dates: July 27-30th, 2014

Video of the 2012 Conference

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


Photos from Previous Conferences