Experiential Opportunities: Overview

Because many public health challenges cannot be fully appreciated until one has hands-on experience with real communities and actual populations, each concentrator must have at least one relevant field-based educational experience with a research component. This requirement may be met through participation in an approved study abroad program (see below), one of the Winter Study courses with a research component (see below), a WSP99 project, or a not-for-credit summer or academic-year internship. In every case, the advisory committee must approve the project in advance. This experiential component will serve as a focal point for the student’s work in the capstone course.

Study Abroad Programs

The following three programs have been evaluated and approved as an appropriate public health field-based experience.

Also, one or more courses completed on an approved study abroad program can be counted toward the three elective courses, with permission of the program coordinator.

Winter Study Courses

The following four winter study courses have been taught in the past and serve as an appropriate public health field-based experience:

  • AFR 25 Gender & Social Activism in Uganda
  • PSCI 21 Fieldwork in Public Affairs and Private Nonprofits
  • SPEC 24 Eye Care and Culture in Nicaragua

WSP99 Project/Internships

Meet with Paula Consolini, Director of the Center for Learning in Action, as a first step to learn about possible opportunities and brainstorm ideas.