Student Eligibility and Requirements

The Practicing Public Health in Region V community of practice (PPHRV CoP) is a virtual peer-to-peer learning opportunity for students completing a project with the RVPHTC. Participation in this programming is in addition to the work students do with their project sites.

Through regular webinar sessions and interactive discussions, students will learn how to: 

  • Apply professional development skills and techniques in an agency setting 
  • Develop a public health network of professional peers
  • Demonstrate the ability to connect public health theories to field practice

Student Responsibilities:

  1. Orientation: Attend the live Orientation webinar session.
  2. Surveys*: Complete four program evaluations: baseline, mid-point, post, and 1-year follow up.
  3. Professional Development: Participate in and complete the evaluation for three professional development webinar sessions.
  4. LinkedIn Group & Networking: Join the LinkedIn professional network page and actively participate in the dialogue.
  5. Complete a Deliverable*: Submit a deliverable (paper, poster, or presentation).

To receive a “Certificate of Completion,” students must complete the five (5) key pieces of the program, outlined to the left. Activities required to receive the student stipend are denoted with a *.

Student Eligibility: Additional Details

Graduate, doctoral, and undergraduate (juniors/seniors) students pursuing a degree in a health profession (e.g., public health, nursing, social work) are eligible.

U.S. citizens, non-citizen U.S. nationals, or foreign nationals holding a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States. Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible to receive federal funding under this award.

Full- or part-time students can come from any academic institution in the region.

The same student cannot receive a stipend for more than one project.

Students in Region V who have secured and accepted an unpaid internship can apply for funding through the RVPHTC.

The Community of Practice served as a place where I could meet other students across the region working on an extremely diverse set of projects and hear how the COVID-19 pandemic was affecting their work. I also found it extremely beneficial to hear from public health professionals about their career paths and found the professional advice extremely helpful, especially since I will be job searching in the middle of a global pandemic.
Mariana, UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health

University of Wisconsin-Madison Population Health Institute-MATCH Program

My goal is to promote health and prevent disease on a population level by focusing on large-scale, cyclical social determinants of health such as poverty, hunger, and access to healthcare. As part of the student program I was able to coordinate and host virtual health training sessions for providers across the state on topics such as HIV, HCV, LGBTQ+, and pain management.
Kaley, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis

Project ECHO

I chose to study the field of public health because public health is how we assure our collective well-being. I am a public health and health equity advocate because without creating the conditions for equal access to health – we will be limiting our country and the world from the contributions of every person.
Raie, Hamline University

Minnesota Department of Health