Field training should be scheduled after you have completed the majority of your required coursework—this is typically after your second semester. Give yourself plenty of time to prepare for and coordinate your field training—at least two months prior to your anticipated start date is ideal.
Field training can be completed in the fall, winter, spring or summer semesters.
You will be assigned a faculty advisor to supervise your field training experience.
Assistant Director, MPH Training
Robert Furlani, Assistant Director, MPH Training, will work with you and your faculty advisor to help you select a field training site and provide you guidance regarding your field training experience. You can contact Mr. Furlani at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Field Training Site Mentor
The field training site mentor provides onsite supervision and support throughout your field training experience.
Students are required to register for one 3-credit field training experience of 120 work hours. Some students choose to do another field training experience at the same or at a different site, which can range from 1 – 6 credits (40 work hours per credit), depending on the activities. Students enrolling in the MPH program in the fall semester of 2018 and after are required to register for one 4-credit field training experience of 120 hours and completion of interprofessional education activities.
You should register for field training prior to the start of your field training experience. Register for course number 544 associated with the appropriate department (CHB, EEH or STA) followed by your advisor's initials. You need to register for the semester in which you will complete the training. For example, if you plan to conduct field training in the summer, then you must register for the summer semester session. You cannot register for field training credit in one semester and complete it in another semester.
An international student on an F-1 visa must obtain authorization through International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) to complete the field training component of the MPH Program. Ask your faculty advisor to submit a recommendation letter to ISSS to apply for this authorization immediately after your field training site has been finalized. View sample academic advisor recommendation letter.
Students in the MPH/MSW, MPH/JD or the Preventive Medicine Residency Program share field training across both programs. Students who perform field training in the other program area must discuss the proposed experience with their MPH faculty advisor prior to initiating the field training experience. You must also complete the Field Training Waiver or Shared Credit Form in order to fulfill the field training requirement for MPH degree completion. The form is to be completed at the conclusion of your field training experience.
Multi-award students are required to complete the Field Training Report.
Questions regarding the field training requirement for multi-award students should be directed to your faculty advisor.
Students in all other multi-award programs are expected to complete MPH field training. Additional information can be found at multi-award program.
Review the list of UB-affiliated organizations and then schedule a meeting with your faculty advisor and Robert Furlani, Assistant Director, MPH Training. They can provide information regarding the sites and make a recommendation based on your interests, background and experience.
Once you and your faculty advisor have agreed on a field training site, contact Mr. Robert Furlani at email@example.com. Mr. Furlani will contact the site to seek approval. As part of your field training experience, Mr. Furlani will facilitate an interview with you and representatives of the organization. The purpose of the interview will be for you to gain a better understanding of activities you will perform, identify a site mentor and establish your field training schedule.
It is possible to complete your field training at a location that is not affiliated with UB; however, only after consultation with and approval from your faculty advisor. All field training guidelines, procedures and paperwork still apply to a non-affiliated site. You would also need to remain in close contact with your faculty advisor throughout the experience.
You may complete your field training experience through the Office of Global Health Initiatives. The mission of the Office of Global Health Initiatives is to identify, engage in and advance innovative and sustainable solutions to significant global health problems.
You may complete your field training at your current place of employment, although the experience must extend beyond your regular work duties and provide an opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge gained in the academic portion of the MPH program.
A student who completes field training over two semesters, even if it’s with the same organization, must complete and submit all required forms each semester (Forms 1 thru 4, timesheet logs, and a field training report).
Based on meetings with you, your site mentor, and field training documentation, including evaluations, your faculty advisor will assign a grade of satisfactory (S), or unsatisfactory (U).
If you register for field training credit and are unable to begin or complete the training, your faculty advisor may assign an interim incomplete grade (I/U). Your faculty advisor will provide you with guidance on how to complete field training in a subsequent semester or time period.
Field training plays a significant role in a student’s development; therefore, waiving field training is discouraged. However, if you are a public health professional with relevant prior experience, you can request a waiver by completing the Field Training Waiver or Shared Credit Form. Your faculty advisor will review the application to determine your eligibility for a waiver.
To be eligible for a waiver, your prior experience must have been:
There are four electronic field training forms, a daily timesheet log and a field training report that you are required to complete. The four electronic forms and timesheet log are located on the digital field training forms system. A field training report is submitted to your faculty advisor after completion of the field training experience and is submitted outside of the digital field training form system.
The field training report is submitted to the faculty advisor after completion of your field training experience and is submitted outside of the digital field training form system. You should also provide a copy of the field training report to your site mentor.
Your field training report should address the items outlined below:
It is strongly recommended that you maintain a daily journal to record and describe activities and events encountered during your field training experience that are relevant to field training competencies. The journal will be a valuable asset in writing your field training report.