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  1. CGH 306Supervised Field Training in Public Health Orientation and Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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!

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. Are field experiences paid? • Not expected/required • May be negotiated between student and preceptor • University usually is not involved in salary/wage arrangements

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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