THE MATCHING PROCESS FOR GLOBAL HEALTH
FIELD STUDY PLACEMENTS

Step 1. The Global Health Field Study Coordinator will work to facilitate the placement process by matching the student’s skills, qualifications, public health interests, and country site preference with the requirements of existing sites and projects within the TUC network of global health field study placement sites. Student curriculum vitae (C.V.) or resumes are an essential part of this process. Student curriculum vitae (C.V.) or resumes are an essential part of this process, which is why they are required upon submission of the Field Study Planning Form. Field study preceptors require student C.V.s/resumes to consider evaluate students who are recommended for available placement opportunities with their respective organizations.  Preceptors review students’ experience, skills, qualifications, public health interests relevant to available field study projects.

Another important factor in the matching process is field study placement and site availability at our partnering organizations. Program or project funding cycles, appropriate number of staff, time of year, and availability of physical space to accommodate student interns, all determine whether or not a placement site will have available field study opportunities for students. Due to these factors, placement sites are limited and students may not be assigned to their top-ranked sites. TUC is unable to guarantee field study placements. Students are required to travel to Global Health Field Study sites where placements opportunities are available.

Step 2. Once a match has been made, the Global Health Field Study Site coordinator will facilitate the student’s field study placement.  The Field Study Coordinator will ensure that the student has completed a Signed Student Code of Conduct before departing for their designated global health field study site.

Step 3. Once the student field study placement has been confirmed students and preceptors must sign the Emergency Protocol Statement of Understanding prior to the start of the field study placement. The Global Health Field Study Emergency Protocol has been designed to prepare for and facilitate rapid response to emergencies which may arise during the Field Study. Although no single plan or protocol can address all contingencies, Touro University California (TUC) recognizes the importance of establishing, in advance, policies and procedures to safeguard the welfare of students during their field study placements at affiliated community health field study sites.

The procedures set forth are to be followed by all students in global health field study placements sponsored by TUC. It is the responsibility of the Field Study Coordinator to follow the procedures outlined below and educate all field study students, preceptors, and site coordinators or administrators about these procedures through preceptor orientation.