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 and the following course prerequisites:
- Online Training Course on Professionalism for MPH Students - TRAIN.org
- Cultural Diversity, Health Disparities, and Public Health Online Training - TRAIN.org
- Unite for Sight’s Cultural Competency Online Course - Global Health Track Students ONLY
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 10 to 12-week (equivalent to 400+ hours) field study placements.
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 consecutive semesters/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 course over a 6-week block (equivalent to 200+ hours). (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.)
MPH dual degree students who entered the PH Program prior to Summer/Fall 2015 and who are completing a 3-unit capstone thesis (PH 645) or who have previously passed the 3-unit TUC PH Program in-house MPH Comprehensive Exam must enroll in PBHC 600-2 (2 units).
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
Field Study Coordinator
Public Health Program
Touro University California
1310 Club Drive
Vallejo, CA 94592
Please allow 48-72 hours for email reply.
- Wednesdays, 12 - 2:30 p.m.
- Thursdays, 12 - 1:00 p.m.
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