Field Training Requirements

Students beginning the MPH in fall 2018

In addition to a field training experience at a site of their choosing, students complete interprofessional education (IPE) and collaborative practice course content in preparation for working at their site.

Changes do not apply to current students who began the MPH prior to Fall 2018.

  • MPH students register for course 544 associated with the appropriate department (CHB, EEH or STA), followed by their advisor's initials.
  • After students register for field training, they complete interprofessional education (IPE) modules prior to beginning their field training experience. IPE modules prepare students to work collaboratively with professionals from public health, as well as other healthcare or related disciplines at their site. Students describe interprofessional interactions and activities in their field training report.
  • Students also participate in a one-day interprofessional forum after completing the modules. Forums are offered multiple times each year, and provide opportunities to work on interprofessional teams with students in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, rehabilitation science, exercise and nutrition, social work, management and law.
  • Students who waive field training can not waive the interprofessional collaborative practice requirements. Students waiving the field training experience register for 1 credit of their department's 544 course (CHB, EEH or STA), complete the Foundations of Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Online Module Series, and participate in an interprofessional forum.
  • Students completing a field training experience submit a mandatory field training report
  • In addition to the mandatory field training report, students are required to prepare and submit a presentation of their field training experience using the outline detailed below. The presentation should consist of between 15 to 20 slides and include speaker notes for each slide.

MPH Field Training Presentation Format

  • Overview of field training project, competencies, goals, objectives and activities
  • Coursework and/or professional experience utilized during field training
  • Description of challenges/obstacles encountered and strategies used to overcome them
  • Description of the benefits to you and the agency
  • Examples of work completed (e.g., flyer, brochure, poster, spreadsheet, sample slide set, etc.)
  • Summary of outcomes
  • Conclusions