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    PharmD/MPH Intern, Katie Pham (center) @OCHCA TUPP

SCHEDULING THE
MPH DUAL DEGREE FIELD STUDY

DO/MPH Students

The DO/MPH Dual Degree Public Health Field Study requires students to complete 30-40 field study hours per week over a 6-week period. The College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) and College of Education and Health Sciences Public Health Program recommend that DO/MPH students conduct the Dual Degree Public Health Field Study in the Spring Semester of Year 4 (Y4). Please note:  Although some DO/MPH students may find it possible to conduct the Field Study during Y3, it has been recommended that DO/MPH students complete the Field Study during the spring academic sessions of Y4 (January to May) when their schedules are more flexible and open. Upon selecting their clinical and/or research rotation elective dates with the COM Clinical Education Department in the Spring Semester of Y3, DO/MPH OMS III students are advised to complete the following steps:

  • With the assistance of the COM Clinical Education Department, schedule a 6-week open period to occur during the spring semester of Y4 that is designated for completion of the Dual Degree Public Health Field Study.

    In addition, DO/MPH students are discouraged from commencing the Field Study near the end of an academic session or during a semester break prior to the start of succeeding semesters. Fourth-year DO/MPH students who seek placements in the spring semesters are strongly advised to complete the Field Study by the end of the fourth week of April (last day of the Public Health Program Spring Classes) to ensure on-time MPH graduation/degree conferral in the Spring.
  • To satisfy the DO Program Research Elective Rotation via the Dual Degree Public Health Field Study, we highly encourage students to contact the COM Clinical Education Department (CED). The Dual Degree Public Health Field Study is carried out as an exclusive MPH course (PBHC 600-2 or 600-4) managed by the Public Health Program and independent of COM. The Field Study typically satisfies the requirements of the COM Research Elective Rotation. However, the Field Study is not clinical in nature and is strictly relevant to the field of public health and not necessarily research-oriented.

    • Once a DO/MPH student has been accepted for a field study placement at an affiliated field study site, they are required to submit the following items to the COM CED in order to earn credit for the DO Program Research Elective Rotation:

      • Rotation Request Form
      • Research Elective Application Form
      • Research Proposal*
      • Preceptor CV

    • *In lieu of a research proposal, DO/MPH students are required to submit a description of their intended field study project(s) and what their field study objectives, activities/tasks or contributions will entail, (e.g., Program Planning and Development, Data collection/analysis, Educational Materials Development, Qualitative/ Quantitative Research, Needs Assessment, Evaluation, Statistical Analysis, Program Implementation, Strategic Planning, Community Organizing). In this manner, DO/MPH students will earn research elective credit for the DO Program while simultaneously completing the Public Health Field Study for the MPH degree.

If a DO/MPH student elects to apply the Public Health Field Study to the COM Research Elective Rotation, he/she must submit the DO/MPH Dual Degree Field Study Approval Form to both the Public Health Field Study Coordinator and COM Clinical Education Coordinator/Director for signed approval upon confirmation of his/her field study placement (this form is also available in the Appendix of MPH Student Field Study Handbook).

PharmD/MPH Students

The PharmD/MPH Dual Degree Public Health Field Study requires students to complete 30-40 field study hours per week over a 6-week period. With the assistance of the COP Experiential Program, PharmD/MPH Students must schedule a 6-week open block designated for completion of the Dual Degree Public Health Field Study. The PharmD/MPH Dual Degree Public Health Field Study is carried out as an exclusive MPH course ((PBHC 600-2 or 600-4) managed by the Public Health Program and independent of the College of Pharmacy.

  • In the spring semester (January) of P2, PharmD/MPH Students are advised to select dates for two 6-week open blocks as directed by the COP Experiential Program via the COP E*Value Preference Selection System. Designate one of the two open blocks for completion of the Public Health Field Study. IMPORTANT: PharmD/MPH students are discouraged from commencing the Field Study near the end of an academic session or during a semester break prior to the start of succeeding semesters. Fourth-year PharmD/MPH students who seek placements in the spring semesters are strongly advised to complete the Field Study by the end of the fourth week of April (last day of the Public Health Program Spring Classes) to ensure on-time MPH graduation/degree conferral in the Spring.

  • Follow the instructions listed on the Field Study Planning webpage.