On behalf of the School of Public Health and Health Professions, I would like to thank you for supporting our Master of Public Health program by mentoring our students in their field training experience. Site mentors play a key role in assisting, advising, training and evaluating students throughout their field experiences. We know from our students that such experiences are viewed as a crucial element of their education. We also know that mentoring a student is a commitment in time and effort, and we appreciate your willingness to share your expertise and knowledge to help train our students as future public health professionals. This opportunity is transformative for so many of our students. We’ve heard from many mentors of our MPH students that they make significant contributions to the work of their agency, as well. We anticipate that you will find value in having our MPH students contribute to achieving your organization’s goals.
We aim to make this experience a valuable one for you, your organization and our students, and look forward to strengthening our partnership during and following the field training experience.
Thank you, again. With your support as a mentor, our Master of Public Health students will gain invaluable knowledge, skills and experience in public health practice that they can take with them in their future careers.
Jean Wactawski-Wende, PhD
Dean, School of Public Health and Health Professions
State University of New York at Buffalo
Field training is a cornerstone of the Master of Public Health (MPH) Program, providing students with diverse public health experiences vital to their professional growth. Students gain valuable hands-on learning opportunities unavailable in a classroom setting. The purpose of field training is for students to demonstrate public health competencies, through knowledge and skills acquired during the academic portion of their program, in a practical setting under an agency’s mentorship and guidance.
Students must complete 120 hours of field training in a semester, but may choose to complete up to 240 hours of field training. There is no prescribed field training schedule as long as the required hours are completed. It may be useful to schedule students regularly, such as 10 or 20 hours per week. There is no expectation of student compensation for their field training experience.
To the extent feasible and appropriate, site mentors will:
The minimal criterion for a site mentor is that they possess at least one year of relevant work experience or adequate formal education as determined by the MPH assistant training director.
There are four electronic field training forms, a daily timesheet log and a field training report that students are required to complete. The student is responsible for initiating all of these items.
For additional information regarding field training, review the Guide for Sites and Mentors.