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PUBLIC HEALTH FIELD STUDY

The Public Health Field Study is required for all MPH students. As part of the MPH Culminating Experience, the Field Study is a structured and practical experience in a professional public health setting which allows the student to apply and integrate the knowledge and skills acquired during the didactic period into public health practice. The Field Study is an also an opportunity for students to explore public health careers, cultivate their public health skills, and to develop their professional goals and contacts for future employment through networking. It allows them to apply their academic knowledge to “real world” situations, projects or tasks and make meaningful contributions to a public health organization.

Course Prerequisites: To be eligible to begin the Public Health Field Study, students must have completed all MPH core and track-required courses. In addition, all new students are required to complete the TRAIN.org courses listed below through Blackboard, effective Fall 2015, as part of the Annual PH Program Orientation Blackboard Organization for New Students. Effective Fall 2016, these online course prerequisites are required for all students (new and continuing). Students who entered the Program prior to Summer or Fall 2015 must complete these prerequisites via the following format:

Students who are solely pursuing the MPH degree (Independent MPH students) are required to enroll in PBHC 600-6: Public Health Field Study (6 units) and complete the Field Study over a 10 to 11-week period.

Part-time Independent MPH and MPH Dual Degree students enrolled in the Community Health Track may complete part-time field study placements over the course of two academic sessions (approximately 12-24 weeks). Students who receive approval to conduct part-time field studies are required to complete a minimum of 20 field study hours per week.

DO (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine)/MPH) and (PharmD (Doctor of Pharmacy)/MPH) dual and Joint Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS/MPH) degree students must enroll in PBHC 600-4 (4 units) and complete the Field Study over a 6-week period. (Two (2) units are transferred from the College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM),  College of Pharmacy, (COP) and PA Program curricula towards the Field Study for MPH dual and joint degree students.)

  • Unit requirement for all students who entered the PH Program in Summer/Fall 2015:
    • Independent MPH students must satisfy 6 units in PBHC 600-6: Public Health Field Study. MPH dual and joint degree students are required to complete PBHC 600-4: Public Health Field Study for 4 units.

  • Unit requirement for all students who entered the PH Program prior to Summer/Fall 2015 and who are completing a capstone thesis (PH 645) or who have previously passed the 3-unit TUC PH Program in-house MPH Comprehensive Exam:
    • Independent MPH students must satisfy 4 units in PBHC 600-4: Public Health Field Study. MPH dual and joint degree students are required to complete PBHC 600-2: Public Health Field Study for 2 units. (Two units are transferred from the College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM),  College of Pharmacy, (COP) and PA Program curricula towards the Field Study for MPH dual and joint degree students.)
As a working partnership between the Program and the public health practice organization, this course provides a public health fieldwork experience for all MPH students, which can be conducted either locally or abroad. The students' work in the field study projects should be valued by the organization and contribute to meeting the organization's goals or mission. Field study projects must also address a public health issue and student participation should contribute to strategic resolutions.


The practical skills and the knowledge gained in field work at public health practice agencies/organization are essential to students’ academic and professional growth, preparing them for a professional career in the field of public health. Good references from field study preceptors can make a significant impact on a graduating student's public health job search. Students are encouraged to maximize and take full advantage of the field study experience as it can help place them on the path to obtaining jobs and building careers in the field of Public Health.

Field Study Contact:

Nemesia Kelly, MPH
Assistant Professor
Field Study Coordinator
Public Health Program
Touro University California
1310 Club Drive
Vallejo, CA 94592
Ofc: 707/638-5827
Cell: 707-731-7436
Fax: 707/638-5871
Please allow 48-72 hours for email reply.

Office Hours 

  • Wednesdays, 12 - 2:30 p.m.
  • Thursdays, 12 - 1:30 p.m.

Click here to schedule an appointment (in-person or by phone). If students are unable to meet during these office hours, alternate meeting times can be requested at nemesia.kelly@tu.edu.

2016-17studentfieldstudyhandbook
Last Updated: March 2017
Check here regularly for updated versions.