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CGH 306 Supervised Field Training in Public Health. Orientation and Answers to Frequently Asked Questions. What is a field training experience?. Final, practical experience in the CGU MPH program Worth 4 units Timeframe is 1 semester to as much as a 1 year term

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CGH 306Supervised Field Training in Public Health



Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

What is a field training experience?

  • Final, practical experience in the CGU MPH program

  • Worth 4 units

  • Timeframe is 1 semester to as much as a 1 year term

  • Taken after completion of all MPH core and concentration courses

What is the purpose?

  • Provide a professional experience where knowledge from coursework is applied in a real-world setting

  • Apply existing skills and learn new ones

  • Gain experience within the field of public health and your concentration

  • Professional networking

  • Address and reflect on MPH student competencies

What are the prerequisites?

  • Complete MPH core and concentration coursework (or be in the final semester of coursework)

  • Complete the Student Interest Form and secure proof of health insurance before meeting with the MPH Program Manager to discuss:

    • Interests and possible sites for field training experience

    • Affiliation paperwork

    • Placement search strategy

What is involved in CGH 306?

  • Internship site selection and agency affiliation paperwork

  • Learning Contract with 2 attachments

  • 4 credits (total 400/200 hours)- register for CGH 306

  • Apply knowledge in a real-world competency based experience

  • Reflective Journals

  • Poster presentation

  • Student & supervisor evaluations

What is involved in the poster presentation?

  • Opportunity to practice visual and oral presentation

  • Content depends upon activities conducted during the internship, general guidelines include:

    • Title, Introduction, Methods & Activities, Conclusion plus copy of an abstract

  • Attended by faculty, staff and students

  • Graded using standardized rubric

How do I find an field experience?

  • Announcements circulated through school e-mail

  • Check list of affiliated sites

  • Site identified in consultation with MPH Program Manager or faculty

  • Your own ideas and contacts!

Where have students found field experiences in the past?

  • Health departments

  • Healthcare organizations

  • Non-profit organizations

  • Worksite programs

  • International contacts

  • Government agencies

  • Schools/Colleges/Universities

Where have students found field experiences in the past?

  • Azusa Neighborhood Wellness Center

  • City of Hope

  • Cities of Chino & Claremont

  • Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

  • Foothill AIDS Project

  • Planned Parenthood

  • Reach Out

  • Riverside, San Bernardino County Indian Health Inc.

  • School of Public Health, University of the Western Cape

  • UCLA Division of Cancer Prevention and Control Research

What is a waiver and who is eligible?

  • Certain students may be eligible for a waiver of the hour requirement. Requests for a partial waiver of hours (200) are considered and approved on an individual basis.

  • Students with previous public health employment may be eligible for a partial waiver of hours. Applications will only be considered if a student can verify three years of continuous, paid, public health employment prior to enrollment in the MPH program

How do I apply for a waiver?

  • Time frame: No later than semester prior to start of internship

  • Students shall submit a signed waiver form along with a 2-3 page (single-spaced) narrative describing relevant public health work experience.

  • A review committee assesses the relevance of the previous work experience. Students will be contacted by the MPH Program Manager within 2-3 weeks with a decision.

  • Decisions of the panel are final. A letter confirming a waiver of hours will be sent to the student.

What is a preceptor?

  • Your site supervisor

  • Appropriate mentorship preceptors must have public health credentials or appropriate health related credentials and experience

  • Preceptor cannot be your faculty advisor

Are field experiences paid?

  • Not expected/required

  • May be negotiated between student and preceptor

  • University usually is not involved in salary/wage arrangements

What needs to be done?

  • Meet with the MPH Program Manager to discuss possible sites – no later than semester prior to start of internship

  • Secure a placement and site preceptor

  • Complete the student forms (legal, travel, learning contract)

  • Provide copies of forms to:

    • MPH Program Manager: Interest, legal, travel

    • MPH Program Director: Learning contract

  • Register for CGH 306

    • See Program Manager if experiencing difficulty with registration

What needs to be done?

  • Maintain an ongoing field training reflective journals

  • Meet or communicate with Program Director advisor periodically during field training experience

  • Immediately discuss any concerns or questions with your Program Director

What do I do if I am involved with data that might be used for my field training experience?

  • Develop proposal under supervision of faculty advisor and preceptors

  • Gain approval of proposal        

  • Submit to IRB for approval, as necessary

How can I make sure my experience is a good experience?

  • Talk with others who have interned at your site, interact with other MPH students about possible sites

  • Meet with your MPH Program Director and preceptor to clarify activities

  • Complete all requirements in a timely manner

  • Immediately discuss concerns or questions with your Program Manager/Director

What are the deadlines?

  • Must submit the Learning Contract before attainment of 100 or 50 hours of work depending upon your particular requirement

  • Register for CGH 306 in the semester you anticipate completing the requirement

  • Submit Application for Poster Presentation Form to the Program Manager at least 1 week prior to the event

  • To receive a final grade, you must submit all deliverables before the end of the term, as outlined in the course syllabus

How is the grade determined?

  • Graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

    • Satisfactory performance:

      • Completion of hour requirement

      • Accomplishment of project objectives & student competencies

      • Reflective insights about experience & relevance of previous coursework

      • Preceptor’s recommended evaluation of student’s progress

      • Acceptable poster presentation

    • Unsatisfactory performance

      • Insufficient documentation of items above

    • Program Director will provide guidance if performance is unsatisfactory

Additional Information

  • For more information, please refer to the MPH Supervised Field Training Handbook and forms available at:


  • Contact MPH Program Administration

    • Maggie Hawkins: 909.607.7292

    • Darleen Peterson at 909.607.6729

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