Affiliated Field Training Sites

The following organizations have affiliation agreements with the University at Buffalo and are available to host students for MPH field training. You should first check with your faculty advisor to see which of the following are most appropriate for your concentration.

You may be able to complete an internship with a non-affiliated site, such as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, or the American Cancer Society. Learn more about these opportunities.

There are also opportunities for field training scholarships in global health for international or Buffalo-based experiences.

  • 2-1-1 WNY
  • Allegany County Department of Health
  • Allegany/Western Steuben Rural Health Network, Inc.
  • Alzheimer's Association, Western New York Chapter
  • American Cancer Society (located in Amherst, NY)
  • American Heart Association (located in Amherst, NY)
  • Asthma Coalition of Erie County
  • BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York
  • Buffalo Psychiatric Center This site requires basic infection control training which can be obtained either at UB or by request during orientation at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center. To obtain such training at UB, contact Leona Zak (Biosafety Division; Environment, Health and Safety; 220 Winspear Service Building, South Campus): email Leona Zak at leonazak@buffalo.edu, or call 716-829-3905. This site also requires a hepatitis B vaccination prior to rotation at the hospital.
  • Cattaraugus County Health Department
  • Catholic Health System  Facilities include:
    • Mercy Hospital of Buffalo
    • Sisters of Charity Hospital
    • Sisters of Charity Hospital, St. Joseph’s Campus
    • Kenmore Mercy Hospital
    • McAuley-Seton Home Care
    • Father Baker Manor
    • McAuley Residence
    • Mercy Nursing Facility at OLV
    • St. Catherine Laboure Health Care Center
    • St. Francis of Williamsville
    • CHS Primary Care Locations
  • Catholic Medical Partners Catholic Medical Partner’s (CMP) is a physician and hospital organization that has a mission to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of delivering healthcare. It designs programs to improve clinical care and service using systems theory and concepts of clinical integration. CMP is an integrated delivery system that includes 800 physicians, four acute care hospitals, and a home health care company. In addition to providing clinical services, the CMP focuses attention on health promotion (primary prevention), early detection and treatment (secondary prevention), and the prevention of long-term disability (tertiary prevention). CMP also places special emphasis upon fostering a comprehensive care management program for its client/patient membership using office based care coordinators. Such a program relies upon public health strategies built into a clinical integration framework, including demand management (primary prevention), utilization management, and outcome assessment and practice profiling. Because CMP is a large and comprehensive health care delivery organization with emphasis on both prevention and provision of clinical care, public health students can find various opportunities to apply and learn public health skills in areas such as population health assessment, program interventions, evaluation, “pay for performance” systems, evidence-based public health and evidence-based medicine, and decision support systems. CMP is working on new initiatives to spread electronic health record implementation into private practicing physicians' offices to assist office based physicians in improving quality. Student would be engaged in quality improvement initiatives in the areas of prevention and chronic health conditions using population based health data from claims, EHR and self-reported data from physicians. CMP has been awarded several major grants that support the use of electronic health technology to improve clinical care. CMP provides independent study courses for students who are interested in pursuing careers in health care administration. 
  • Chautauqua County Health Department
  • Clean Air Coalition of Western New York The Clean Air Coalition of Western New York envisions a world where our environment promotes health and equity and where communities are actively engaged in decisions that impact their lives. The Clean Air Coalition builds community power by developing grassroots leaders who organize their communities to run and win environmental justice and public health campaigns in Western New York.  The organization seeks interns to assist with research and analysis for three projects: regulatory research intern, toxic research intern and political research intern. The information gathered through these projects will be used to educate community members and inform future campaigns.
  • Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health - Las Vegas Nevada  Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health is a unique and exciting concept in medicine: a medical center dedicated solely to the pursuit of more effective treatments for brain diseases and to the provision of state-of-the-art care for patients affected by these diseases and their families. Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health provides diagnosis and ongoing treatment for patients with cognitive disorders and support services for family members who care for them. The clinic advocates a patient-focused, multidisciplinary approach for the diagnosis and treatment of cognitive disorders, encouraging collaboration across all care providers and by providing a continuum of care, integrating research and education at every level.
  • Community Action Organization of Erie County
  • Community Health Center of Buffalo
  • Complete Senior Care A program of complete senior care for the elderly (PACE)
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County
  • Crisis Services
  • Erie County Council on the Prevention of Alcohol and Substance Abuse 
  • Erie County Department of Health Epidemiology & Surveillance- Projects are related to communicable disease investigation, surveillance and related health behavior programs. Students interested in doing their field training at the Erie County Department of Health in epidemiology should take SPM 513 Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases before doing the field training.
  • Erie County Department of Senior Services
  • Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) This site requires basic infection control training. To obtain such training at UB, contact Leona Zak (Biosafety Division; Environment, Health and Safety; 220 Winspear Service Building, South Campus): email Leona Zak at leonazak@buffalo.edu, or call 829-3905. This site also requires a hepatitis B vaccination prior to rotation at the hospital.
  • Erie Niagara Area Health Education Center (AHEC), Inc. (Buffalo, NY)
  • Evergreen Health Services of Western New York
  • Family Justice Center The Family Justice Center was established to provide a focused, efficient, coordinated and user-friendly system that would improve the access and delivery of services to domestic violence victims, increase victim safety and increase offender accountability. The FJC brings together the services of 13 different on-site partner agencies including the Buffalo Police Department, Erie County Sheriff’s Department, District Attorney’s Office, 8th Judicial Court, Probation Department, Neighborhood Legal Services, UB Family Medicine, Haven House, Crisis Services, The Child Advocacy Center, Hispanics United of Buffalo, International Institute of Buffalo and the Erie County Department of Social Services.
  • Genesee County Health Department
  • Gerard Place
  • Groundwork Buffalo
  • Healthy Community Alliance, Inc. (located in Gowanda, NY)
  • Health Foundation for Western & Central New York
  • HEALTHeLINK
  • HealthyWorld Foundation
  • Independent Health  
  • Independent Health Foundation, Inc. ("Good for the Neighborhood" program)
  • International Institute of Buffalo
  • Jericho Road Community Health Center
  • Kaleida Health This site requires basic infection control training before going to the site. To obtain such training at UB, contact Leona Zak (Biosafety Division; Environment, Health and Safety; 220 Winspear Service Building, South Campus): email, 829-3905. This site also requires a hepatitis B vaccination prior to rotation at the Hospital.
  • Lake Plains Community Care Network (located in Batavia, NY)
  • Livingston County Department of Health
  • Massachusetts Avenue Project
  • Medical Society of the County of Erie (New York)
  • Metro CDC Delavan Grider Community Center (located in Buffalo, NY)
  • Monroe Plan for Medical Care - providing health care for underserved populations in Western New York
  • Nassau County Health Department
  • Neighborhood Health Center
  • New York State Attorney General, Buffalo Regional Office - Student will work in the Consumer Protection Bureau on issues such as lead poisoning, air quality and environmental justice issues in low income neighborhoods
  • New York State Department of Health Western Regional Office - Oversees the full range of health and health related issues in Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Ontario, Orleans, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates Counties. Public health and health care surveillance activities encompassing Communicable Disease Control, Family and Community Health, Acute and Primary Care, EMS, Health Emergency Preparedness, Continuing Care (Nursing Homes, Home Health Care, Adult Homes, and Hospice), Environmental Health, Professional Medical Conduct and Narcotic Control are conducted by the Regional staff. Direct services such as HIV counseling and testing, communicable disease investigation and control, and environmental health protection are provided, as well as contract management services, and technical consultation for community based organizations/agencies and county health departments. Additionally, the Western Regional Office staff conducts a variety of complaint investigations and facility surveillance activities, and is actively engaged in health preparedness planning and emergency response. The Western Region operates out of offices in Buffalo and Rochester and has two District Offices that provide environmental health services. Office locations include:
    •         Buffalo
              584 Delaware Avenue
              Buffalo, NY 14202
    •         Rochester
              335 East Main Street
              Rochester, NY 14604
    •         Geneva District Office
              624 Pre-Emption Road
              Geneva, NY 14456
    •         Hornell District Office
              107 Broadway
              Hornell, NY 14843

NYS DOH HIV/AIDS Surveillance: The student intern will be responsible for conducting surveillance for suspected HIV/AIDS cases. Activities include onsite provider interviews, medical chart abstraction, data collection, forms completion, and electronic data submission. Student interns will also establish and maintain effective working partnerships and instruct clinicians on the responsibility to report newly diagnosed cases and requests for partner services. Activities include personal visits to medical facilities in addition to telephone and email contact. The student intern will work with the Bureau of HIV/AIDS Epidemiology (BHAE) staff. BHAE is responsible for the reporting and confirmation of critical information obtained through field investigations (medical record review and physician contact) as required by law.

Smoking cessation: The Department of Health Behavior at Roswell Park Cancer Institute is recruiting students for the implementation and evaluation of smoking cessation programs and projects. Opportunities exist to collaborate with the New York State Smoker's Quitline, the Erie-Niagara Tobacco Free Partnership, the Western New York Cessation Center, which provides cessation services to thousands of smokers in the region and throughout New York State and with the Roswell Park Cancer Institute Survey Research and Data Acquisition Resource, which is conducting several studies to evaluate the impact of these services. This site requires basic infection control training before going to the site. To obtain such training at UB, contact Leona Zak (Biosafety Division; Environment, Health and Safety; 220 Winspear Service Building, South Campus): email, 716-829-3905. This site also requires a hepatitis B vaccination prior to rotation at the hospital.

Tobacco control: Students will immerse themselves in the day-to-day operations of a regional tobacco control advocacy operation.  In additional to becoming familiar with the coalition’s current workplan they will be assigned a specific project to help complete. There will be many opportunities available to gauge community interest, educate community members and advocate for policy changes in each of the listed work areas. To learn more visit tobaccofreewny.org

Global health: Within the Office of Global Health Initiatives (OGHI), students can complete field training and produce an integrative project that assesses cultural competency and culturally engaged care among healthcare providers that serve refugee clients in Western New York. Opportunities include conducting assessments for healthcare needs and gaps in care with refugee representatives and providers in Buffalo, or participating in research or program implementation and evaluation internationally.

Local health: With the Office of Public Health Practice, students can join the Erie County Health Mall team where our school is guiding an evaluation of health services of the health mall, a collaborative initiative of the Erie County Department of Health and its partners to bring healthcare to those with limited access. Students can also identify and link in-need and low-income neighborhoods of Buffalo to healthcare resources and information, and participate in community health assessments of Native American Nations.

Primary care: The Primary Care Research Institute (PCRI) is a transdisciplinary research unit dedicated to improving health, patient care and medical education by encouraging scholarship in primary care. With over 30 faculty and staff, the unit pursues a dynamic and diverse agenda of clinical, community, and health systems research committed to practical applications. Major focus areas include health disparities, integration of primary care and mental health, patient safety, biopsychosocial care models, access to care, translational research in primary care, medical education, cultural competency training, community based participatory research, addiction research, distribution of health professional workforce, childhood obesity, complex chronic disease, medical home, health information technology and health care planning

Public health research: Departments in the School of Public Health and Health Professions have various studies underway in biostatistics and healthcare informatics, community health and health behavior, environmental health, epidemiology and health services, and students are encouraged to speak with faculty about the possibility of conducting their field training in conjunction with one of these studies.

Substance use and sexual health research: The Research Institute on Addictions (RIA) is a national leader in the study of substance use and abuse, addiction and treatment. For more than 40 years, we have conducted groundbreaking research on significant addiction issues. Student opportunities on studies related to substance use, high-risk sexual behavior, HIV risk behavior, antiretroviral medication adherence and alcohol use among people living with HIV/AIDS.

Wellness and education: Wellness Education Services (WES) is the health promotion unit for the University at Buffalo. WES utilizes health promotion principles and environmental strategies to build a healthy campus, to promote students' personal health, and to support academic success. WES’ staff includes an epidemiologist, an exercise science specialist, a registered dietician, substance abuse specialists, health educators, and graduate students and peer educators. The primary programmatic areas are: alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention, sexual violence prevention, nutrition and physical activity, stress management, mental health promotion, and outreach to underserved populations (LGBTQ, veterans/military students, and international students). WES implements the National College Health Assessment survey to evaluate college student health; AlcoholEdu, an online prevention program that provides students with feedback about their alcohol behavior, information about alcohol use, skill development for functioning in a social environment, and reflection about the role of alcohol in an individual's life; and programs addressing sexual violence prevention (analysis of bystander intervention and policy assessments), tobacco control, nutrition and exercise promotion, sexual health (including pregnancy issues, emergency contraception and STI prevention), health services trends, and health education hands-on interactive workshops (alcohol education for freshman and older students including ‘Drink, Flip, Think’ and ‘Secrets of a Party Girl’).