Internships

Each year master’s and doctoral students practice applying classroom learning to a real-world public health setting. Varying by field and department, this on-the-job experiential learning can range from 200 to 1000 hours and may be called a practicum, internship, field placement, or MHA residency.With guidance from a faculty member and an on-site preceptor, students work at a wide range of sites including non-profit organizations, hospitals, and local for-profit firms. A well-planned internship exposes students to professional settings and contacts, enhances valuable skills, and leads to informed career decision making—and sometimes a job offer!

Get to know a few current students below and learn about their recent experiences in the field.

Epidemiology students share internships and practica during “Epi-in-Action” symposium

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Reporting on recent internships and practica, epidemiology students reported on summer research and practice experiences in our region and around the world. The O’Hara Student Center ballroom buzzed as faculty and staff learned about field initiatives, practical applications, and lessons learned.  

Caroline Hamilton, Workforce Development Intern at Allegheny County Health Department

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"I am extremely grateful for my MPH Practicum experience and the relationships that I built during those months! The opportunity to work with programs across the entire health department...allowed me to gain insight and understanding into the process of public health program planning, implementation, and evaluation at a local public health agency. I have continued my work with the health department in various positions since the practicum and no... 

Mohammed Bu Saad, Early Head Start Intern

"Working as an intern gave me an opportunity to meet different groups of people, and it made me realize that the knowledge that we get in classes can be enhanced and polished by having a field experience in relevant areas. Also, the results that we got from our projects, Parental Needs Assessment, emphasized the importance of listening to people's opinions and concerns and that we should not think for a second that we understand everything about... 

Alysse Littleberry, Reducing Recidivism at Bethlehem Haven's Emergency Shelter

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"After hearing about the journeys of women and spending time at the shelter, homelessness to me seems like the intersection of all social problems: poverty, mental illness, underinsurance, domestic violence, substance abuse... I feel very motivated to help these women, but I also feel like my work will never be done. I think after this experience, I am more motivated to work towards alleviating these problems in my career. Even if I can't 'solve... 

2019 PSI kicks off; work planned with WIC

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The 2019 cohort of Pittsburgh Summer Institute in Applied Public Health is underway. The 2019 group project will be with WIC, the Special Supplemental Nturition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. Students will canvas obtetrician and pediatrician offices on communications and WIC services, aiming to increase program enrollment.   

Four public health students chosen as 2019-20 Pittsburgh Schweitzer Fellows

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Four Pitt Public Health students have been selected as 2019-20 Pittsburgh Schweitzer Fellows. Inngide Osirus and Dzigbordi Kamasa-Quashie of IDM and Yamira Bell and Ariel Snell of the MMPH program will participate for a full year of experiential learning and direct service addressing the needs of disadvantaged citizens in southwest Pennsylvania. John Cordier (HPM '19) recently graduated from the Fellowship.  

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Public Health Training Center strengthens the current and future public health workforce

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The Center for Public Health Practice's latest training center works to strengthen the public health workforce through collaboration with schools and agencies across a five-state region. The center meets workforce training needs on topics from project management and data analytics to the opioid epidemic. "Our ultimate goal is to improve the public's health by working even better   together," says Center Director Elizabeth Van Nostrand.   

Abisola Olaniyan spends practicum addressing barriers to seeking and accessing immunization services for children in Lagos, Nigeria

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Center for Global Health Student Travel Scholarship recipient and DrPH student, ABISOLA OLANIYAN (BCHS '21), spent her practicum in Lagos, Nigeria addressing barriers to seeking and accessing immunization services for children. She also conducted food demonstration classes to educate mothers/caregivers on nutritious meals for babies during the weaning period.   

Air Quality Program MPH students present their work at ACHD

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Masters students FIONA GAO (BCHS) and JINGHUI JU (EPI) spent the summer researching morning surface temperature inversions and their impact on public health with Allegheny County Health Department’s (ACHD) Air Quality Program. They presented their work at the ACHD in August.        

Stephanie Corey analyzes LGBTQ cancer prevention as cancer epidemiology fellow

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STEPHANIE COREY (EPI '19) was a part of the 2018 cohort of the Cancer Epidemiology Education in Special Populations (CEESP) Fellowship, funded by the National Cancer Institute. Stephanie executed an independent project where she analyzed HPV, cervical cancer, and anal cancer preventive measures among LGBTQ individuals in Allegheny County. At the end of the summer she presented her findings at a conference in New York City.  

Practica and Internships

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As featured in print

Does this ring a bell?  You may have noticed this story in the Pitt Public Health alumni magazine (PDF, 2016 no.2) .

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Intern Profiles

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Scarpinato’s MHA Residency with Allegheny General Extended 

Scarpinato’s MHA Residency with Allegheny General Extended

Mario "Mark" Scarpinato's (HPM '17) residency with Allegheny Health Network (AHN) was only supposed to last the summer, fulfilling the MHA program’s residency requirement; however, he has been asked to continue working at Allegheny General Hospital through the coming school year.  (09/08/2016)
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Andrews studies diabetes in Rwanda during global health field internship 

Andrews studies diabetes in Rwanda during global health field internship

Epidemiology master's student Haylee Andrews traveled to Kigali, Rwanda, over the summer to intern with Life for a Child (LFAC) under Professor Trevor Orchard.  (09/08/2016)
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Rodriguez serves on raccoon oral rabies vaccination team 

Rodriguez serves on raccoon oral rabies vaccination team

As a participant in the Allegheny County Health Department’s Pittsburgh Summer Institute (ACHD PSI), Samantha Rodriguez (IDM) helped to plan, execute, and review the county’s Raccoon Oral Rabies Vaccination (ORV) Program, as well as assisted with ORV distribution. (09/08/2016)
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Hemant Mahajan assesses Hepatitis C burden  

Hemant Mahajan assesses Hepatitis C burden

As a participant in the Allegheny County Health Department’s Pittsburgh Summer Institute (ACHD PSI), epidemiology student Hemant Mahajan assessed the burden of Hepatitis C in Allegheny County and the increased detection of acute hepatitis C cases and associated major risk factors. (09/08/2016)
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BCHS's Neumann studies aging and community support in Brazil 

BCHS's Neumann studies aging and community support in Brazil

BCHS doctoral student Lycia Tramujas Vasconcellos Neumann spent the summer running a study in her home country of Brazil thanks to a grant she received from the 2015–16 CLAS Graduate Student Field Research Grants for her project “The Role of Community Support for Healthy Aging: A Study with Low-Inc... (09/08/2016)
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Lowery conducts West Nile Virus surveillance with ACHD 

Lowery conducts West Nile Virus surveillance with ACHD

Joel Lowery (IDM ’17) assisted the ACHD in conducting its annual surveillance of West Nile Virus (WNV) in order to make informed decisions on vector control related to mosquitoes. In addition to WNV, the team monitored Aedes albopictus , a possible mosquito vector for the Zika virus. Lowery was ... (09/07/2016)