Scholars spend their first year of study together in a living learning community housed within Letts Hall, living alongside students in other AU three-year scholar programs.
Scholars attend monthly community meetings, along with the faculty director, to discuss public health and listen to guest speakers from the university, the federal government, and non-governmental organizations.
Scholars also participate in community trips around Washington, DC. The live learning community provides a rich environment for academic enrichment and career development.
Students are supported in the living learning community by a program associate (PA). The PA is a Public Health Scholar in his/her third year of study who lives in the same residential hall as the first-year students and acts as a mentor and guide for the experiential learning components of the program. The PA also works with the faculty director to implement the experiential, co-curricular, and service components of the program.