Public Health Practicum/Field Experience

Field Experience Information

Detailed internship guidelines are found in the MPH Handbook

Students should submit the Field Experience Proposal form to the PHPM Education Office prior to registering for field experience credits (PHPM 504).

The Field Experience Report form must be submitted at the end of the term so that a grade can be administered. 

Field Experience Opportunities for MPH Students

Posted 3/3/2014:

Graduate Student Intern Position

Senior Falls Prevention Program


Office Location


Portland State Office Building

800 NE Oregon Street, Suite 730

Portland, OR 97232



Provides program support for Senior Falls Prevention Program within the Injury and Violence Prevention Program of the Oregon Health Authority. Major focus is on linking clinical care to community programs to prevent falls and fall injuries among the elderly. Key activities include:

• Work with internal medicine, family medicine, and physical therapy clinics to integrate STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths, and Injuries) toolkit into primary care clinical practice

• Collect and track claims data, provider data, and patient electronic health record data from OHSU, PVAMC, and other clinic sites participating in the STEADI dissemination

• Other activities as desired by particular interest of student


Currently enrolled in graduate-level clinical program. Skill, focus or interest in geriatrics, biostatistics, primary health care, or health management. Position requires some travel within the Portland metro area.



Report directly to Program Coordinator

Prefer 6-12 month commitment

Flexible work week

Unpaid position

Contact Information


Lisa Shields, Program Coordinator: lisa.m.shields@state.or.us, 971-673-1036

About Senior Falls Prevention in Oregon


Falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries for adults 65 and older. Although falls can result in a devastating loss of health and independence, many falls are preventable. Oregon is one of three states to pilot the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention State Falls Prevention Program, which aims to integrate clinical care with evidence-based falls prevention programs in the community. Launched in 2011, this program is showing a positive impact on the senior fall rate in Oregon.

The Oregon Senior Falls Prevention Program promotes changes in attitudes, behavior and the environment by recognizing senior falls as a preventable public health issue and not an inevitable consequence of aging. We bring together health systems, governments, aging services, first responders, health educators, fitness centers, community health workers, senior living communities, and community volunteers to educate and protect seniors, families, and caregivers.



Posted 1/10/2014:

Pacific NW Regional Center of Excellence Emerging Pathogens Team Internship Oopportunity - Idaho

The Pacific Northwest Regional Center of Excellence (PNWRCE) is a collaborative between the four state health departments of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and the academic medical centers of the University of Washington and the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) supported by the National Institutes of Health. This year, MPH students from the four Pacific Northwest states have the opportunity to gain practical experience working with infectious disease epidemiologists in Alaska and Idaho. In Idaho, interns will be working with staff from Southwest District Health, the local public health department in Caldwell, ID, and may work with epidemiology staff at the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (Boise, ID).

Time commitment expectations

·The intern will be hosted by the agency for 20 hours per week for 10 weeks, or equivalent as negotiated between the student and the host agency.

·Some work may need to be done outside of usual work hours and on the weekends due to the nature of outbreaks and investigations.

·A minimum of 150 hours of work are expected for 3 credits.

·The internship must be completed by August 25, 2014.

Types of activities to be performed:

Main project

·Each intern will be given a main project that should reasonably be completed within the internship time frame.

·A final project report must be submitted to both the sponsoring agency and your MPH Program.

·Interns will be strongly encouraged to present their projects at academic or scientific meetings, and/or publish their work in a District newsletter or another venue as appropriate.

Routine duties

Interns will also be expected to assist with ongoing outbreaks and investigations. Typical tasks may include:

·Interviewing ill and well persons about exposures either in person or via phone;

·Creating, distributing, and analyzing electronic surveys;

·Traveling off-site to conduct interviews or investigations (host agency will provide travel reimbursement);

·Entering data;

·Contributing to the writing of the investigation reports.

Supervision, credit, and stipend

·The intern will be primarily mentored by an epidemiologist in the sponsoring agency (Boise or Caldwell, Idaho).

·The intern may have the opportunity to work on projects in other agency programs and receive supervision from other epidemiologists as appropriate.

·A stipend is awarded through OHSU (approximately $2000)


·Applicant must be currently enrolled in the MPH Program in one of the four participating states

·Applicant must have completed a minimum of 18 graduate credits in the MPH Program

·Applicant must have successfully passed their introductory Epidemiology and Biostatistics classes

Contact for more information:

Application will be submitted electronically to:

Ellen Stevenson, MD, MPH
Associate Director, Emergency Response and Planning,
Pacific Northwest Regional Center for Excellence in Biodefense and Emerging Diseases
Region X
Oregon Health and Science University
Portland, Oregon

Application to include:


·Letter of Interest

·Letter of Recommendation from MPH faculty

Deadline January 22, 2014


Posted 8/29/2013:

Safety Events in the Emergency Medical Services for Children

We are conducting research on the determinants of safety events and suboptimal care in emergency care services delivered to children.  In the early course of our research, we have come to recognize that there are substantial differences in the reasons for EMS-C response in urban versus rural areas.  Our team is looking for a student with solid statistical programming skills to evaluate data held by the Oregon State Emergency Services to characterize urban-rural differences in reason for call, field diagnosis, and treatment and transport.  This research project is sufficiently complex to support an PHPM 504 internship or an MPH thesis.  The student research assistant would work with co-investigators from the OHSU Departments of OB/GYN (Jeanne Marie-Guise, MD, MPH), Emergency Medicine (Jon Jui, MD, MPH and Matthew Hansen, MD, MPH), and Public Health & Preventive Medicine (Bill Lambert, PhD) to more specifically define the research questions, assemble the analysis plan,  and conduct the analysis.

For more information, please contact:

Caitlin L. Summers, MPH
Research Associate
Children's Safety Initiative
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Mail Code: L466email: summerca@ohsu.edu
telephone: 503.494.1859
fax: 503.494.4473


Posted 7/12/2013:

Data Intern with the Alzheimer's Association Oregon Chapter

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application closing date:  August 9


Posted 5/1/2013:

Pacific Northwest Regional Center of Excellence Emerging Pathogens Team Internship

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Posted 12/21/2012:

2013 Epi Scholars Program Information

Letter to Schools

Outreach Flyer

Epi Scholars Tri-Site Brochure

Epi Scholars Application




Posted 11/16/2012:

The Oregon Office on Disability and Health (OODH) is seeking an MPH intern to assist with data analysis, creation of policy/data briefs and web-based survey creation and analysis. OODH is the bona fide public health agent for disability and health in Oregon and is housed at OHSU in the CDRC building. OODH's mission is to prevent secondary conditions and improve the health and quality of life of Oregonians with disabilities through improved access to health care facilities, public health programs, and effective health promotion and wellness programs. With the transition to the new healthcare system and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, this is an exciting time to be involved with public health. Come make a difference in this vulnerable population and earn applicable public health experience! Visit us at www.oodh.org

Prefer 2nd year student (or at least has taken beginning Epidemiology/Biostatistics sequence, need to be able to understand basic statistical output). Experience with SAS a plus but not required. Excellent writing skills. Work schedule and start date are flexible. 

Please send questions to Eva at hawes@ohsu.edu or 503-494-3882. To apply please email CV. 


 Posted 7/24/2012:

Do you want experience in public health research in Maternal & Child Health?

The Child & Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative (CAHMI) at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) is looking for a motivated, self-directed student intern.This position will primarily work on our largest project, the Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health (DRC, www.childhealthdata.org).

The mission of the CAHMI is to ensure that children, youth and families are at the center of defining, assessing and driving improvements in children's health and health care quality.

The purpose of the DRC is to advance the effective use of public data on the health and health-related services for children, youth and in the United States. The DRC does this by providing hands-on access to national, state, and regional data findings as well as technical assistance in the collection and use of this data by policymakers, program leaders, advocates and researchers in order to inform and advance key child and youth health goals.

Responsibilities and Duties:

  1. Use strong SPSS skills to tabulate and double-check data output in SPSS and table format in preparation for disseminating data on the DRC website or for a peer-reviewed journal submission.

  2. Assist in preparing, assembling and double-checking new website content.

  3. Assist with literature reviews and identifying resources for a variety of projects, as needed.

  4. Contribute to the marketing of the DRC web sites, including the identification of new audiences, updating and drafting documents, outreach and marketing tracking, etc.

  5. Assist with management, maintenance, and follow-up/targeted outreach with list of individuals and organizations that use the DRC, including the CAHMI contacts database.

  6. Help with the assembly of large documents, such as grant reports, technical assistance manuals, and PowerPoint presentation formatting.

  7. Provide support for various tasks related to redesigning and launching a new CAHMI website.

  8. Review federal and private funding organizations web sites for new grant and partnership opportunities.

  9. Perform other related duties as required.

Applicant Qualifications/Requirements: All applicants must be a current undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited college or university or a recent graduate with intention of enrolling in graduate school in the future.Interest in research, especially child health services research preferred.MS Office and data analysis skills required, SPSS experience preferred. Applicant must have a strong attention to detail and a basic understanding of survey methodology, data, and interpreting statistics. We are a busy group who does challenging work.If that sounds appealing to you, please apply!

Work Schedule: 10-20 hours per week, flexible within business hours and to be determined with applicant. Prefer a minimum commitment of 6 months, with opportunity to extend as available work permits.

Wage range and benefits: Pay is $10-$12 per hour. Course credit may be available, please contact your advisor.

Access: OHSU is best accessed via public transportation.Tri-met services OHSU frequently.

Directions on how to apply: Send resume, brief cover letter, and schedule availability to Julie Robertson at roberjul@ohsu.edu. No phone calls please.

Closing Date: Open until filled. Posted 07/19/12