Student Experiences

The Region V Public Health Training Center helps strengthen the future public health workforce by connecting public health students with experiential learning opportunities. These may involve working with faculty to collaborate with practice agencies on capacity building projects, or student field placements that support public health organizations in addressing the social determinants of health.

Check out Field Placements and Student Testimonials here.


A virtual learning community designed to support students’ professional development and a competency-based product deliverable. In this community of practice, student interaction takes place during four, two-hour virtual meetings that cover topics pertinent to students soon entering the workforce.

Planned session topics include:

1. Getting the most out of your field placement

2. Recent MPH graduate panel – Tips and tools from peers who have recently graduated and completed a field placement

3. Creating a scientific poster – giving details on HRSA deliverables required of students completing a field placement funded by the Region V PHTC

4. Interprofessional practice – Transitioning into the workforce and working with colleagues of other professions Students also benefit from peer-to-peer discussions and work through case scenarios to apply interpersonal skills.

This strategic curriculum allows the student learner the opportunity to broaden the context of their learning by sharing experiences with a network of peers while tailoring the lessons learned in their own deliverables.


Collaborative Projects allow students to work side by side with faculty and public health practice professionals on important activities that advance their learning and the work of the partner organization. 

The 2018-2019 academic year has 15 student collaborative projects across states in Region V covering such public health concerns as:

  • Air quality
  • Chronic disease education
  • Access to care
  • Harm reduction
  • Enteric outbreaks
  • Opioid epidemic
  • HPV and breast cancer prevention
  • Rural community needs assessment
  • Mental health gap analysis 
  • Criminal justice
  • Insurance factors in preventative screenings 
  • Evaluation frameworks and plans to assess program success
  • Creating maps of community resources