CEPH requires that all MPH students in its accredited programs demonstrate the application of basic public health concepts through a practice experience that is relevant to the student's area of specialization. Thus, the goal of Penn's Required Fieldwork Experience (RFE) is for a student to gain real-world PH experience while building PH skills and competencies through engagement in meaningful PH activities.
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Available Fieldwork Opportunities
We have been notified of the following opportunities for fieldwork placement. If you are interested in a placement, please contact Wendy Voet (firstname.lastname@example.org) who will know the current status of each opportunity.
- Research Assistants -
Center for Family Intervention Science (CFIS) at Drexel
Are you interested in behavioral and public health and the application of this knowledge and techniques to prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and practice and research? Are you interested in working on the development and integration of web-based screening technology in various health care settings? Are you interested in working on a project focused on youth suicide prevention? Are you interested in working with depressed adolescents? If so, you may want to consider a position as a volunteer or work-study research assistant with the Center for Family Intervention Science (CFIS) at Drexel University. The Center houses several research studies on the assessment, prevention, and treatment of childhood mental health problems and their impact on adolescents. It is also a great opportunity to build relationships with professionals in the field in preparation for graduate school or future job opportunities. More information here.
- Healthy Philadelphia Projects
Opportunities with two projects are available: Philadelphia's Transitions in Care Initiative (working to improve care for low-income patients who are hospitalized as they transition back to ambulatory primary care), and an Affordable Care Act awareness project (working with community leaders and residents of Northeast Philadelphia to bring attention to the desperate need for expanded health services in Lower Northeast Philadelphia).
- Community Outreach Intern - Planned Parenthood
Work with PPSP's Marketing Department on key activities related to Patient and Community Outreach and the Affordable Care Act.
- Education Intern - The Bicycle Coalition
The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia will offer a semester-long (September - December) Public Health internship placement of 400 hours or approximately 13 weeks at 30 hours a week. This position will encompass a combination of Safe Routes Philly and Bicycle Ambassador work. This internship is meant to serve the needs of the Bicycle Coalition in the arenas listed above, as well as giving the Public Health candidate experience and professional development opportunities in the bicycle nonprofit world during their internship.
- Congresso - Latina Domestic Violence Program
A survey study was initiated to examine best practice models for programs serving children exposed to Intimate Partner Violence (IPV). A literature review was conducted to identify evidence-based models. Leaders from Pennsylvania agencies were contacted about an on-line survey regarding the scope and effectiveness of services provided and the use of evidence-based models. This project draws upon existing relationships with Congresos Latina Domestic Violence Program in Philadelphia, PA to identify stakeholders and disseminate findings.
- Penn Campus Wellness Initiative Intern - PHENND
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Responsibilities will include contacting members of the Campus Wellness program to generate a list of topics for discussion for the year, working with selected presenters to choose a location and taking care of general event planning, and, ultimately, organizing at least 2 conferences over the course of the year (presumably in late October and February). After each conference, the Coordinator will add presentation materials to the PHENND database and make materials available on the PHENND website.
- Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative
3 opportunities are available: Fruit Stand Coordinator, Family and Community Engagement Coordinator, and After-School Recess Coordinator
- HRTP Internships - New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
HRTP: A Public Health Internship Program of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. HRTP will accept applications for its fall session from July 15th through August 15, 2013. For more information about the program, for instructions on how to apply or to complete an application, please visit their website.
- Part-time Research Assistant - Maternity Care Coalition
The Research and Evaluation Department seeks an energetic professional to coordinate a community-based study examining a weight management intervention for postpartum women and their infants. The Research Assistant will recruit participants, coordinate scheduling and follow-up assessments, organize community workshops, conduct in-home participant visits, and collect and manage data collection, storage and entry.
- Public Citizens for Children and Youth
Mission: To improve the lives and life chances of children and youth in southeastern PA. Communities Served: Children and youth in southeastern PA who live in families with small incomes. Opportunities to work in 3 areas are available: Public Insurance for Undocumented Pennsylvania Children, Vision Care Insurance Benefits – A Survey of Eye Care Provider Knowledge, and Children’s Behavioral Health Care
- Campus Health Initiatives
-Health Education: Using the Ecological Model, the Health Ed intern will research, design, implement and evaluate population-based health promotion efforts to address one or more of the following priority areas: Distress, Mindful relationships, Sexual health (from an emotional health perspective), Sleep, Tobacco-free campus, Communicable disease prevention, Fruit and vegetable intake, Strength training
- Health Communications: Using the Social Marketing approach, the Health Communications intern will research, design, implement and evaluate: wellness messaging to our various target audiences, using a variety of platforms including video, print and social media surveys to inform and evaluate key initiatives
Past Fieldwork Experiences
Curious about the kinds of fieldwork experiences former students have had? Recently, our students:
- Developed recommendations to present to a Healthy Philadelphia workgroup around improved efforts towards patient transitions from hospital to community health center
- Explored establishing a Philadelphia Chapter of Bright Pink.
- Contributed to a data project comparing Maternity Care Coalition teen and adult client health needs so as to make programming recommendations .
- Acted as the liaison for the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Refugee Clinic, which is conducted in partnership with the Philadelphia refugee health collaborative.
- Analyzed existing domestic violence prevention programs (and related metrics used) in the Latina community while working with Congreso de Latino Unidos.
- Worked on research team in Arequipa Peru focused on preliminary studies to increase update of Oral Rehydration Therapy (ORT) through a behavioral economic-mHealth intervention.
- Surveyed USAID funded non-governmental organizations, while interning at Marie Stopes International around barriers to implementing the Leahy Amendment on safe abortion counseling.
- Served as the Director of Athletics for the Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative and while doing so, integrated physical activity into Netter Center afterschool programs in West Philadelphia.
- Researched the efficacy of vaccine policies and programs for Campus Health Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania.