Walter Zelman, Ph.D.

Chair And Professor, Public Health Department
California State University, Los Angeles

Dr. Zelman received a 2019-20 Faculty Innovation and Leadership Award for his commitment to igniting students’ interest in the field of public health. He organized the CSU Health Policy Conference (CSU-HPC) in Sacramento, a yearly event for hundreds of students and faculty to convene with legislators, lobbyists, journalists, staffers and public health professionals. Students are exposed to careers in public health as they network, attend hearings and learn about different perspectives on public health. Zelman established an internship program with the California Department of Public Health and piloted the Careers in Health project at Cal State LA. He also secured a $1.25 million education grant from Covered California resulting in a reduction of uninsured CSU students from 25-30% to less than 10%.