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Community Health Field Study

MPH Students

Full-time Field Study Option: MPH students who seek full-time community health field study placements are expected to complete 30-40 field study hours per week over a 12-week block (equivalent to 400 hours) from mid-May to early August during the summer academic session of Year 1. Placements must be conducted at an appropriate public health field study placement site under the guidance and supervision of a field study preceptor.  (Clinical experience involving individual patient care or health facility administration is not considered relevant public health experience.)

Part-time Field Study Option: This option is available to MPH students enrolled in the Community Health Track who need to maintain employment while enrolled in the Field Study course, and who are unable to complete a more than 20 field study hours per week. Part-time field study student interns may extend a field study to be completed over the course of two (2) consecutive field study terms (semesters or academic sessions), in which they are expected to complete a minimum of 20 field study hours per week. After initial enrollment in the Public Health Field Study and partially their completing field study hours, part-time MPH student interns will receive a grade of INC (Incomplete) and will be required to register for the 0-Unit PBHC 600A Field Study Continuation course in the following semester in order to continue the Public Health Field Study. By enrolling in this zero-credit course, students will maintain "active MPH student status" while completing their field study. If a student does not complete the remainder of field study hours within their first semester of PBHC 600A, they will be required to register for PBHC 600A for a second time for the following semester. Once the student’s field study has been successfully completed, the student’s grade of INC will be changed to P (Pass).

Joint MSPAS/MPH (PA) Students

Joint MSPAS/MPH students enrolled in the Community Health Track are expected to complete 30-40 field study hours per week over a 6-week block during the spring semester of Year 3 in the PA Program. Joint students must conduct the Field Study at an appropriate public health field study placement site under the guidance and supervision of a field study preceptor. (Clinical experience involving individual patient care or health facility administration is not considered relevant public health experience.)

MPH Dual Degree Students

DO/MPH and PharmD/MPH  dual degree students enrolled in the Community Health Track are expected to complete 30-40 field study hours per week over a 6-week block during a semester or academic session at an appropriate public health field study placement site under the guidance and supervision of a field study preceptor. (Clinical experience involving individual patient care or health facility administration is not considered relevant public health experience.)

IMPORTANT: Registration for the Field Study course in the fall semesters is not permitted for DO/MPH dual degree students in Y3 or Y4.Third and fourth-year DO/MPH students may only register for the Field Study course in either the PH Program spring semesters or summer academic sessions.

Part-time Field Study Option: MPH Dual degree students enrolled in the Community Health Track may extend a field study to be completed over the course of two (2) consecutive field study terms (semesters or academic sessions), in which they are expected to complete a minimum of 20 hours per week. After initial enrollment in the Public Health Field Study and partially their completing field study hours, students will receive a grade of INC (Incomplete) and are required to register for the PBHC 600A Field Study Continuation 0-Unit course in the following semester in order to continue the Public Health Field Study. By enrolling in this zero-credit course, students will maintain "active MPH student status" while completing their field study placement. 


Student Field Study Work Schedules

Typically, students are allowed to work up to a maximum of 8 hours per day in their field study placements. However, if a field study placement site utilizes a 10/40 work schedule, students may work up to a maximum number of 10-hour days per week during their field study placements (3 10-hour days for MPH dual/joint degree students, and 4 10-hour days for MPH students). 

All field study work must be conducted on-site under the supervision of the field study preceptor. Students are not allowed to telecommute or work from home during the Field Study as working from home is not an acceptable form of professional conduct for the MPH field experience.Students may only work outside their placement site when attending off-site meetings, trainings, or events sponsored by or affiliated with the placement site. Specific work schedules are negotiated between the preceptor and the student.

All affiliated field study placement sites typically operate during normal business hours between Monday through Friday (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.); however, on occasion, students are requested by their preceptors to participate in special weekend (Saturdays and Sundays) events (e.g., meetings, or trainings sponsored by/affiliated with the placement site) as part of their field study projects. Students must receive approval from their preceptors in order to complete field work hours on weekends at such events. Moreover, students are not permitted to complete field study hours on weekends by telecommuting or conducting field work from home.If there is field work that cannot be completed on site during a nationally observed holiday, that field work must resume on site on the next available work day during normal business hours.

 

Global Health Field Study

MPH Students

Full-time Field Study Option: MPH students who seek full-time global health field study placements are expected to complete 40 field study hours per week over a 10-week block (equivalent to 400 hours) from mid-May to early August during the summer academic session of Year 1. Placements must be conducted at an approved global health field study placement site under the guidance and supervision of a field study preceptor. (Clinical experience involving individual patient care or health facility administration is not considered relevant public health experience.)

Joint MSPAS/MPH (PA) Students

PA students enrolled in the Global Health Track are expected to complete 30-40 field study hours per week over a 6-week block during the spring semester of Year 3 in the PA Program. PA must conduct their field studies at approved global health field study placement sites under the guidance and supervision of a field study preceptor.  (Clinical experience involving individual patient care or health facility administration is not considered relevant public health experience.)

MPH Dual Degree Students

DO/MPH and PharmD/MPH dual degree students enrolled in the Global Health Track are expected to complete 30-40 field study hours per week over a 6-week block during a semester or academic session at approved global health field study placement sites under the guidance and supervision of a field study preceptor. (Clinical experience involving individual patient care or health facility administration is not considered relevant public health experience.)

Student Field Study Work Schedules

Students are not permitted to leave the country site that is designated for their global health field study during the 6 or 10-week field study placement period.  While space issues may occur at field study placements, students must find ways to work from or near the office of their local global health field study site preceptor and to check in with them daily. To obtain approval to take any time off during the Global Health Field Study, students must first submit a request to the TUC Public Health Program Global Health Field Study Country Site Coordinator before obtaining approval from their local global health field study site preceptor. If local global health field study site preceptors request student presence during non-traditional work hours for project-specific meetings or activities, this should take priority over sight-seeing or other social plans.