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Students are the backbone of National Public Health Week. They help raise awareness about the value of public health and our collective work to create a healthier nation. Whether you’re on campus, online or at home, you can be a student leader for health. This toolkit will give you ideas to plan and host your own events and promote health where you are:


  • Connect with your campus health center to provide culturally relevant and appropriate public health tools and information for students, staff and faculty.
  • Plan events to educate and empower people on your campus to protect health. Host a training on how to use Narcan or for CPR certification, or collaborate with your peers and campus organizations to host a blood drive.
  • Plan an on-campus exercise class. Coordinate with instructors at your campus rec center or at your favorite exercise studio to host a workout for your class or club.


  • Participate in and promote NPHW Student Day on Tuesday, April 4! APHA hosts a young professionals’ career panel of recent graduates to offer advice to current students about professional development, internships and securing your first post-grad job.
  • Host a virtual fundraiser to support NPHW. Share the link to the NPHW PayPal to make donating easy. Supporting NPHW means APHA can provide even more tools, resources and events during this week.
  • Send an APHA action alert to your federal policymakers to show support for health issues important to you, such as public health funding, women’s health and climate change. You can send the action alerts to your peers on campus to make a bigger impact.


  • Learn more about a public health issue you are interested in by reading a health-related book. Reading about climate change, racial disparities and other public health topics can spur us to take action for health equity. ASPPH’s This Is Public Health Book Club can provide structure and suggest books, too.
  • Watch one of our favorite public health-related movies! APHA staff and intern favorites include "The Hottest" (2019), "Food, Inc." (2008), "Radium Girls" (2018) and "One Nation Under Stress" (2019). Have a watch party at home, or encourage your friends or club members to join you and learn more about health.

Find and join other events near you on the NPHW calendar

APHA's Student Assembly is the nation’s largest student-led organization dedicated to furthering the development of education and opportunities for students, the next generation of professionals in public health and health-related disciplines. The Student Assembly represents and serves students of public health and other health-related disciplines by connecting individuals who are interested in working together on public health and student-related issues. The Student Assembly is available to all current APHA Student Members.

American Public Health Association