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Field & Culminating Experience

Field Experience

All School of Public Health students in M.P.H. programs who matriculated before Fall 2018 are required to complete a Field Experience to earn their degrees. The field experience — a period of work at public agencies, non-profit organizations, other health-related employers or in health research — gives students an invaluable opportunity to apply skills and knowledge they’ve learned in their course work to real-world settings. Many students have said their field experiences were among the most important learning experiences they’ve had at the School of Pubic Health.

Students work in their field experiences for a minimum of 200 hours over one or two quarters earning 6 credits. The Field Experience occurs toward the end of the M.P.H. program. Each program has its own specific requirements, which are noted in the field experience guidelines.

Students work closely with faculty advisers, preceptors and field experience coordinators throughout the application process and during the field experience itself.

Available Field Experiences & Internships

Preceptor Resources

Culminating Experience

All M.P.H. programs require a Culminating Experience, which is the summative experience at the end of the program in which students show they have mastered the skills and knowledge acquired during the course of study.  It builds on the Field Experience, and requires the student to synthesize, integrate, and apply skills and competencies acquired through the classroom and their public health experiences.

Requirements vary by program, but all MPH programs require a final integrative paper. Specific information and requirements for each program can be found in the culminating experience guidelines.