“ … skills that I developed during this field experience are work ethic, a growth in positive attitude, and leadership.”
Every year more than 200 USF College of Public Health graduate students embark on a field experience. Some travel abroad, while others choose to remain in-country. Regardless of the location, all are committed to improving the health and well-being of others.
In 2013, students traveled to 16 countries and 12 different states in their quest to improve health conditions around the world. They worked with populations in the United Kingdom, New Mexico, Bangladesh, Colorado, Germany, Louisiana, Uganda, and Michigan to name a few.
“Coming from a maternal and child health background, I was able to give recommendations as a health professional using the courses that I have taken,” said Hilaire. “These skills expanded my skillset as a rising healthcare professional and contributed to me becoming well equipped to go into the field of public health in my concentration and beyond.”
See students learn. Feel their passion. Understand, this is public health.
Field experience in the College of Public Health is one of three culminating requirements for most master’s level students. Whether domestic or international, the experience is supervised by the student’s faculty advisor and field site supervisor.
“What one has not experienced,
one will never understand in print.“
The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) views field experience as “A planned, supervised and evaluated practice experience that is an essential component of a public health professional degree program.” The USF College of Public Health is fully accredited by CEPH.
To learn more about the USF College of Public Health program and how to become a site supervisor, visit the field experience website or contact Michelle Hodge for domestic and Jesse Casanova for international opportunities.