The Region V Public Health Training Center (RVPHTC) seeks to advance the skills of the current and future public health workforce to improve population health outcomes. We support students in two types of field experiences taking place across Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin:
- Field Placements
- Individual students
- Projects done with a public health organization located in or serving a medically underserved community
- Builds organizational capacity to address social determinants of health
- Collaborative Projects
- Projects are similar in type and setting as field placement projects
- Involve individual or groups of students
- Include faculty involvement
The scope of both field placements and collaborative projects should be substantial enough to take several months to complete. For MPH students at CEPH-accredited institutions, it is possible that these activities could help fulfill their Applied Practice Experience requirement. Either type of experience might also fulfill an internship requirement per their institution’s guidelines.
A $3,500 stipend is included upon acceptance into the program and will be paid in two installments of $1,750.
For a placement with the RVPHTC, please apply here. The application will close at 5pm ET on April 15, 2022.
- Health Education
- Community Health Assessments
- Impact of Policy on Health
- COVID-19 Epidemiology
- Program Evaluation
- Client Support; Support Groups
- Health Communications
- Grant Writing
- Needs Assessments
- Research Projects: Policies, Client Relationships, etc.
My field placement…provided me insight on what it is like to collaborate on professional teams and how to critique and adapt evaluation methods with a place-based approach to fit vulnerable populations’ needs. It challenged me to reflect on my leadership style and how to communicate my thoughts effectively in public health settings. As I received mentoring and supervision from public health professionals it reaffirmed what strengths I have as a public health professional student and led me to assess areas of future development. The Region V Public Health Training Center provided meaningful content and information that not only helped me prepare for my applied practice, but connect with other students and understand what experiences we all are navigating as upcoming public health professionals.
My field placement with the Indiana Public Health Association was monumental in shaping my professional skills and guiding the future of my public health career. During my internship, I developed strategy, produced valuable deliverables, collaborated with intersectoral partners, and so much more.
My internship at MALPH allowed me to bring my graphic design background to my public health work [and] explore a sector of public health practice which I previously had no experience in. I was able to work on projects that I was passionate about while applying my classroom-based knowledge and experiences in a real-world setting. Working at a smaller organization also allowed me to work on self-guided projects which I am confident will positively impact the future work and brand identity of the organization. Additionally, the guidance of my supervisors allowed me to learn about public health practice from a perspective which I had not previously been exposed to which will be helpful for the rest of my academic and professional career in this field.