For students in the MD/MPH and DVM/MPH programs the field (practice) and culminating experience are separated, due to the inflexible nature of the clinical curriculum.
The public health field placement is an opportunity for students between their first and second year of medical or veterinary school to work on a real public health problem, in a real public health setting. The field placement is a required one credit course in the DVM/MPH and the MD/MPH curriculum. The most important expectation of the placement is that students have an opportunity to observe and participate in meaningful work designed to improve health status through a population approach. Ideally, students should have an opportunity to work on a defined project, needed by the organization, which has a beginning, middle, and end. Students should also be exposed to preceptors who can serve as role models for including opportunities for using a population health approach in one’s career.
Applied Learning Experience
The ALE gives students an opportunity to integrate and apply public health knowledge and skills gained in the classroom to a real world public health problem. The ALE has a planning and implementation component and requires the same culminating competencies as required by the MPH ALE. Students draw on all the knowledge and skills they have acquired in the core curriculum and in their required courses area, and apply them to a public health project that they must do independently but with supervision, taking the project from conceptualization through planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, and presentation. The only difference from the MPH ALE is that students do not necessarily have a practice component with a field preceptor, although they are encouraged to do so. Students must still identify a preceptor and project, but that preceptor may be in academia and the project may be a research project that has no practice agency or community dimension to it. It must, however, have public health importance and use a public health perspective and methods.
Selected field placement projects DVM:
“Herring Gulls, Lavus argentatus as vectors of patrogenic ecoli I coastal environments,” Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine (N. Grafton, MA)
“The use of Directed Education to Improve the Rate of Hand Washing in a Veterinary Hospital,” Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine (N. Grafton, MA)
“Identification of Potential Health Hazards and Zoonoses Associated with the Butchering Process in Chitwan, Nepal,” Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine (Grafton, MA)
“The Serological Surveillance of Rhinolophus Megaphyllus for Australian Bat Lyssavirus,” Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries (Queensland, Australia)
Selected field placement projects MD:
“SDSU Research Foundation MOVE/Me Muevo,” San Diego State University — SDSU MOVE/ Me Muevo (San Diego, CA)
“Local Improved Wells: A Cheap, Clean Water Source for Rural Areas,” Ruvuma Mission to the Poor and Disabled (PADI) (Dar Es Salaam, South Africa)
“An Assessment of Nutritional Deficiencies in the HIV/AIDS Refugee Population of Kampala,” Makerere University (Kampala, Uganda)
“Social Marketing in Public Health,” Population Services International (Yangon Field Office, Myanmar)
“WHO’s Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network,” Taiwan University College of Public Health (Taipei, Taiwan)