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 Opportunities

The Lerner Center provides service-learning opportunities for undergraduates at Syracuse University. Students use the Healthy Monday campaign and promotional materials as a framework to develop public health promotion projects. 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. For more information on service-learning or capstone placement, please contact Alexandra Punch.

Internship Opportunities

The Lerner Center offers undergraduate internship placements for students interested in population health. Undergraduate internship opportunities with the Lerner Center are based on the Center’s needs and a student’s experience and interests. The Lerner Center offers three types of internships.

  • Healthy Monday Campaign Asset Development
  • Research
  • Social Media

You can learn more about Lerner Center internship opportunities here.

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 Alexandra Punch.

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