Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) and Portland State University (PSU) School of Public Health

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field experience & internships

With a focus on healthy populations rather than individuals, public health professionals seek to understand the social, economic and other factors that are at the foundation of health disparities, and then work to decrease those disparities. One of the strengths of the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health is the field work that all students are required to perform to help tackle a public health problem. The “field experience” gives students an invaluable opportunity to apply skills and knowledge they’ve learned in their course work to real-world settings.

Students work with School of Public Health faculty and researchers or with public health professionals who are part of the school’s network of local and regional partners —  including clinics and governmental and nonprofit agencies. This network offers students a wealth of opportunity for hands-on learning and insights for future employment.

Undergraduate Internship Graduate Field Experience

Stories from the field

Gender Approaches to Health

Jocelyn Wagman has thought a lot about how women and men approach health differently. Throughout her public health education, she has studied gender norms in...
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Density, Poverty, and TB

Jadie Karratti-Abordo’s field experience showed her the realities of public health in some places in the world — in a way she couldn’t have imagined...
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Checking on health policies

The first lesson Jwan Mohammadi learned from her “field experience” in the real world of public health was this: Some projects just aren’t going to...
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