A mentorship program for leadership development

College of Public Health and Human Sciences

Put yourself OUT THERE!

Get a jump start on your future. Join the College of Public Health and Human Sciences’ mentoring program.

CATALYST is a program for students in OSU’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences. It is designed to foster relationships between CPHHS students and working professionals and to provide opportunities for self-exploration and development of leadership and professional readiness skills.



The program

Students who complete the CATALYST program will be able to:

  • Understand and demonstrate the components of effective professional mentoring relationships
  • Confront current beliefs about leadership and develop a personal leadership identity
  • Identify how personal strengths, dispositions and values influence leadership
  • Enhance interpersonal and communication skills
  • Articulate personal and professional goals and development areas

This nine-month program for undergraduate and graduate students spans the fall, winter and spring terms of the academic year. Matching of students and mentors is facilitated by staff and is based largely on mutual career interests. One-hour meetings occur each month in person or online from October to May. Outside of monthly meetings, students will work in Canvas on professional readiness and leadership development topics and exercises. Students can expect to spend two to three hours each week on program activities.

Students will be expected to complete specified requirements and will work toward academic project credit (1 credit per term of H206 or KIN206). Students who do not want or need academic credit will participate in the non-credit leadership development option (HHS 002). Additional details can be found on the requirements page.

The many potential benefits of this program are most likely realized for participants who fully commit and make the program a priority.