Extracurricular Application

Spring 2020 | Extracurricular Application


Thank you for your interest in applying to The Public Health Advocate for the Spring 2020 semester.

You are currently accessing the application for joining PHA as an extracurricular. If you have not yet taken our DeCal or do not have prior experience writing or editing, please access the DeCal application here.

Our Extracurricular Program

The Public Health Advocate is an undergraduate public health publication located at the University of California, Berkeley. We are dedicated to educating the public about current public health topics, and we provide students an opportunity to publish their work in our print issue or our online platform.

Our extracurricular program enables experienced students to start or continue their public health research with a greater level of independence. With weekly meetings focused on giving writers time to discuss their articles with copy editors, our extracurricular program allows students to build on their existing knowledge of research, journalism, and communication.

Available Staff Positions

Students interested in joining our extracurricular program may elect to be writers or copy editors.


Writers in our extracurricular program are responsible for publishing two articles — either online or in print — each semester about a public health topic of their choosing. These articles should be well-researched, incorporating academic sources and interviews.

Writers are expected to attend meetings every week with their teams. The purpose of these weekly meetings is to ensure writers have an opportunity to receive feedback from their team members. These meetings will be held every Thursday from 6:30 to 7:00 p.m.

Copy Editors

Copy editors are responsible for leading a team of writers from the extracurricular program. While copy editors are not required to publish articles, they ensure that articles are free from grammatical or stylistic errors. Additionally, copy editors supervise draft deadlines, provide input and feedback to writers, and work with the Editorial Board to discuss draft progress.

All copy editors are expected to meet with the editors-in-chief on a regular basis. In addition, copy editors are responsible for attending team meetings during either the extracurricular meeting times. Thus, copy editors leading extracurricular teams are expected to attend extracurricular meetings every week.

Our Culture

The Public Health Advocate is more than just a publication. It’s also an organization that brings together a diverse set of students united by a singular goal of educating the general public about health issues. To this end, we aim to hold small events and activities throughout the semester in an effort to know each other better. These events will be planned for and communicated to you by the editorial board.

Application Materials

  • A writing sample

Applications are due by Sunday, February 2, at 5:00 p.m.



Fields with asterisks (*) are required fields.

Basic Information

First Name*

Last Name*


Phone Number*

Class Level*

(Intended) Major*

Short Responses

Which of the following best describes your experience with PHA?*
I am a returning PHA member who has already been involved with PHA's extracurricular program.I am a returning PHA member who has only taken PHA's DeCal course.I am not a returning PHA member.

Depending on your response above, please answer one of the following questions.*
Returning members:
What were your experiences with PHA? What topics are you interested in exploring this semester that you did not get the opportunity to do last semester? What topics from last semester might you want to explore further?
New members:
Why do you want to join PHA and our extracurricular program specifically? What themes and health topics are you interested in exploring through this publication?


What previous writing or editing experience do you have?*


Are you available on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 7:00 p.m.? Regular attendance to meetings is required to ensure our writers get the support they need during the writing and editing process.*

Would you like to be considered for a copy editor position?*

Additional Documents

Please submit a PDF of a writing sample. Returning members may submit a previously published article, either in print or online.*