Field Training FAQ

When should I do my field training?

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 three months before your anticipated start date is ideal.

Field training can be completed in the fall, winter, spring or summer semesters.

Who are my key field training contacts?

MPH Training Coordinator

Ariana Martinez, MPH training coordinator, will work with you to help you select a field training site and provide guidance regarding your field training experience. Contact Ms. Martinez at am25@buffalo.edu.

Field Training Site Supervisor

The field training site supervisor provides onsite supervision and support throughout your field training experience.

Field Training Faculty Instructor

Kim Krytus, assistant dean/director of graduate public health Programs, will review and approve your required intenship forms and PowerPoint slide set as well as assign your final grade for field training. Contact Ms. Krytus at krook@buffalo.edu.

How many on site and credit hours are required for field training?

Students are required to register for one 3-credit field training experience of 120 work hours (CHB/EEH/STA 544). Some students choose to do another field training experience (at the same or at a different site) and register for a 3-credit elective course (CHB/EEH/STA 547) and complete an additional 120 work hours.

How do I register for field training?

You should register for field training before the start of your field training experience. Register for course number 544 associated with the appropriate department (CHB, EEH or STA). 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.

Do international students on F-1 visas have any special requirements?

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. Please refer to Curricular Practical Training (CPT) for more information.

What if I am a multi-award (combined degree) program student?

Students in the MPH/MSW, MPH/MBA and MPH/JD programs share field training across both programs. Students who perform field training in the other program area must discuss the proposed experience with Kim Krytus, MPH  field training faculty advisor, before initiating the field training experience. You must also complete MPH Field Training Forms 1 through 3 in order to fulfill the field training requirement for MPH degree completion.

Multi-award students are required to complete the field training PowerPoint slide set.

Questions regarding the field training requirement for multi-award students should be directed to the field training faculty advisor.

Students in all other multi-award (combined degree) programs are expected to complete MPH field training.

How do I choose a field training site?

Review the list of UB-affiliated organizations, and then schedule a meeting with Ariana Martinez, MPH training coordinator. She can provide information regarding the sites and make a recommendation based on your interests, background and experience.

Once you have completed the MPH Field Training Information Form, contact Ms. Martinez at am25@buffalo.edu. She will contact the site to seek approval. As part of your field training experience, Ms. Martinez 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 supervisor and establish your field training schedule.

Can I complete field training at a non UB-affiliated site?

You can complete your field training at a location that is not affiliated with UB. All field training guidelines, procedures and paperwork still apply to a non-affiliated site. 

Can I complete my field training through the Office of Global Health Initiatives?

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.

Can I complete field training at my current place of employment?

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.

What if I complete field training over two semesters?

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 through 3 and a field training PowerPoint slide set).

How am I graded for my field training experience?

Based on meetings with you and your site mentor, and field training documentation, including evaluations, Kim Krytus, MPH field training faculty advisor, will assign a grade of satisfactory (S) or unsatisfactory (U).

What if I can’t complete field training?

If you register for field training credit and are unable to begin or complete the training, Kim Krytus, MPH field training faculty advisor, may assign an interim incomplete grade (I/U). Ms. Krytus will provide you with guidance on how to complete field training in a subsequent semester or time period.

Can I obtain a waiver for field training if I have public health experience?

Field training plays a significant role in a student’s development; therefore, waiving field training is discouraged. However, students who have significant prior experience in a public health setting or role may qualify for an MPH field training waiver. If you'd like to discuss your past experience to see if it qualifies for a waiver, contact Kim Krytus, MPH field training faculty advisor.

If your past experience qualifies for a waiver, please complete and submit this MPH Field Training Waiver Form. You will receive a response within 10 days.

Please note - if you waive your 3-credit MPH field training experience, you should talk with your advisor about taking another 3-credit course to make up those credits for your MPH program.

To be eligible for a waiver, your prior experience must have been:

  • A public health experience. This may include assessing, monitoring or conducting surveillance of health problems or services in a population; establishing health objectives and priorities for populations/groups; conducting research on population-based health problems; developing policies and intervention strategies to meet public health needs; participating in disease prevention and health promotion programs; or studying the natural history of disease or health-related effects in a population. Individual patient care in a hospital, clinic or physician office setting is not sufficient to be considered public health experience.
  • Relevant to your MPH concentration.
  • Sufficient to have addressed appropriate field training competencies for your concentration.
  • A cohesive, focused experience of appropriate quality as determined by your MPH concentration director.
  • Of sufficient duration—at least 120 hours in a single cohesive experience for a three-credit waiver, and 240 hours in one or two cohesive experiences for a six-credit waiver.
 
In addition to submitting a field training waiver form, you must submit a PowerPoint Slide set. The PowerPoint slide set should include slides that address your agency, public health competencies you addressed during your experience, and interprofessional teamwork experiences. You will submit this slide set using the MPH Field Training Waiver Form.
 
Access examples of previously completed slide sets in the MPH Student Resources Portal.

What documentation is required for field training?

You are required to complete three electronic field training forms and a field training PowerPoint slide set. The electronic forms are located in the UBLearns MPH Student Resources page. A field training PowerPoint slide set is submitted through Form 2 after completion of the field training experience.

  • Form 1 - MPH Field Training Description–Completed by student and then forwarded to their site supervisor for review before the start of the internship. Once signed by the supervisor, the form is routed to the MPH field training faculty advisor for review/signature
  • Form 2 - Student's Evaluation of their Field Training Experience–Completed by student at the conclusion of the internship. Once completed by the student, the form is routed to the MPH field training faculty advisor for signature.
  • Form 3 - Evaluation of Student's Performance–Forwarded by student to their site supervisor at the conclusion of the internship. Once completed by the supervisor, the form is routed to the student and then to the MPH Field Training Faculty Advisor for signature.  

 

What should be included in my field training PowerPoint slide set?

You will create a PowerPoint slide set that includes slides addressing your agency, public health competencies you addressed during your experience and interprofessional teamwork experiences. You will submit your PowerPoint slide set into internship Form 2, after completion of your field training experience. You should also provide a copy of the field training slide set to your site supervisor.

The MPH field training faculty advisor reviews the completed slide set and assigns the grade.

Access the slides, and learn more about the field training report in the MPH Student Resources Portal.

What is the importance of keeping a journal for my field training experience?

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.