A critical part of all accredited MPH programs is fieldwork – the structured application of curriculum concepts to practice, under the guidance of a fieldwork mentor. Distance students do their 400 hours of fieldwork during the second year of the program.
Fieldwork is organized across a series of courses totaling 5 units (the 291 series):
- Fieldwork Seminar
Guidance for the fieldwork practicum. Emphasis is on preparation for fieldwork including (1) self-analysis of strengths, competencies, and professional development plans: (2) developing professional fieldwork objectives and (3) reviewing key concepts from health education core courses.
- Fieldwork Practicum
Application of theory and skills in a health care organization, community, or worksite setting under the direction of a health education mentor. Planning, developing, implementing and/or evaluating community health education programs or research. Students complete 400 hours, full-time or part-time.
- Fieldwork Synthesis
Critical reflection and synthesis of fieldwork experience, including lessons learned, organizational analysis, and professional self-assessment.
Fieldwork must provide an opportunity for graduate-level exploration of the student's health education/health promotion skills. Students may do fieldwork full-time or part-time, as their schedules allow. However, students are required to do a minimum 10 hours/week in order to make a real contribution to the fieldwork setting and to experience a fuller range of agency or program dynamics.
Fieldwork may be done at your present workplace, under specific circumstances. If approved, your fieldwork project must be separate and distinct from your job description. Fieldwork in an existing worksite must be discussed well in advance with and approved by the Fieldwork Instructor.
For more information, see Finding a Placement and Getting Started.