The Lerner Center provides education and research training opportunities to both graduate and undergraduate students. Our approach combines traditional and applied training in population health and community health research and engagement to address pressing local, regional, and national health problems and reduce health inequities.

Certificate of Advanced Studies in Population Health and Aging

This graduate certificate of advanced study (CAS) provides matriculated graduate students with systematic, focused training in the area of population health and aging. The program exposes students to the key theoretical orientations and cutting-edge methodological training that lies at the nexus of medical sociology, social gerontology, and demography. Students must complete 15 credits, of which three are required — SOC 667: Population Processes; SOC 655: Sociology of Health and Illness; SOC 664: Aging and Society. Students may select six credits of health and/or aging electives, three of which must be a sociology graduate-level course. Learn more about the CAS.

Lerner Lab

Lerner Center Graduate Fellows and Research Assistants participate in the Lerner Lab. In addition to serving as a space to collaborate on research, the Lab includes training in population health research, various sources of data, diverse research methods, disseminating and communicating research, and other professional development areas. Students also hear about the research being conducted by Lerner Faculty Fellows and Affiliates, have the opportunity to present and get feedback on their own research, hear from scholars and practitioners working outside of academia, and have an opportunity to interact with and mentor undergraduate students who also assist with research projects.

Policy, Place, and Population Health Lab

The P3H Lab provides numerous opportunities for training in population health research, statistical and demographic methods, and communicating research to scientists, policymakers, and the public. Training is mainly geared toward Sociology PhD students who are working with P3H Co-Directors Jennifer Karas Montez and Shannon Monnat, but postdoctoral scholars and faculty also participate in Labs. Training occurs through regular lab meetings, the Aging Studies Institute and Center for Aging and Policy Studies seminar series, Lerner Center events, and coursework across the University. Learn more about P3H Lab training.

Undergraduate Research and Outreach Opportunities

Undergraduate students from Maxwell and Falk participate as research assistants on Center projects. Tasks have included conducting literature reviews, assisting with survey development, conducting interviews with research participants, and writing research briefs and journal articles. If you are interested in undergraduate research opportunities, please contact Alexandra Punch.

The Remembrance Scholars walk a Monday Mile with a Mission
The Remembrance Scholars enjoy a Monday Mile with a Mission on Main Campus

The Lerner Center also engages undergraduates via the following campus and community health promotion projects. Please contact Kate Funck if you are interested in learning more about or participating in any of these outreach and service learning activities below:

  • Monday Miles with a Mission: We’ve teamed up with student organizations to celebrate their causes and spread awareness of their mission. Monday Miles with a Mission is a chance to have your members get to know one another, tour campus, and walk for their health. Do you want to share your organization’s mission throughout campus? 
  • Meatless Monday Student Ambassador: Meatless Monday is a leading Monday campaign, generating success all over the globe. Are you passionate about eating plant based or supporting the environment? Consider becoming a Syracuse University Lerner Center Meatless Monday Ambassador. You can support the Meatless Monday campaign in a variety of ways: through social media posts, blogs or video blogs, and more. 
  • Service Learning Opportunities: The Lerner Center and Falk College PHP 221 (Community Health Promotion) are offering undergraduate students service learning opportunities. Students use the Healthy Monday campaign and promotional materials as a framework to develop public health promotion projects. Are you a PHP 221 student? You can attend any of our Healthy Monday programs for service learning hours! The Lerner Center also serves as a placement for PHP 442 (Public Health Capstone). Each spring semester, one senior public health student is placed with Lerner to take a deep dive into public health program development, implementation, and evaluation. Students are given the autonomy to create Healthy Monday resources and program materials based off of their interests.

DeStress for Success

DeStress for Success is a signature program developed by the Lerner Center and is a five-week workshop series on wellbeing. Students learn simple, practical, and fun ways to navigate all the stressors of life, like coursework, social life, and unexpected crises, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.Together we explore ways to increase resilience, cultivate mindfulness and calm, strengthen friendships, grow your strengths, and form healthy habits through positive psychology based practices and DeStress Monday tips. DeStress for Success is open to all SU and ESF students. Visit our Destress Monday page to learn more, see the schedule, and access workshop resources. If you are a college administrator and are interested in implementing DeStress for Success at your campus, please email Kate Funck.

inaugural student earns destress for success certificate
Our inaugural student completed DeStress for Success and earned the Healthy Monday certificate