School of Public Health

Practicum

The MCH Virtual Practicum Workshop
April 3, 2019 | 1pm-2pm | F-349
Regional MCH professionals will meet with students to discuss practicum opportunities and resources specific to maternal and child health topics.

All MPH students must complete a practicum before graduation. This fieldwork can be done all at once or spread out over several quarters. As a MCH track student your practicum should support the health of women, children, adolescents or families in the United States.

REQUIREMENTS & GUIDELINES Go to the School of Public Health Experiential Learning page for information on completing your practicum, including a comprehensive practicum timeline.

FUNDING You may be eligible to apply for our MCH Practicum stipend which can be put toward living expenses while you complete your practicum. Also check out our Funding & Scholarships page for other possibilities.

Practicum Opportunities

  • Washington State Department of Health 
    • Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS):  Rolling surveillance survey that tracks healthcare access and behavioral health trends among mothers who have recently given birth in Washington State.  We have a limitless backlog of interesting analyses that might make for a good project.  Washington state is one of few that has Marijuana, discrimination, and cancer screening questions, but there are any number of topics which a student could use PRAMS to explore quantitatively. Contact: Bradley Klos, MCH Epidemiologist in the Prevention and Community Health Program, bradley.klos@doh.wa.gov 360-236-2532
    • Maternal and Child Health Block Grant (MCHBG): We are currently in the early staged of state and local maternal and child health needs assessments, which will dictate how this grant is structured for the next 5 years.  This project is a little more visible, and would likely involve more qualitative analysis and writing (compared to PRAMS).  It also offers a chance to be directly involved in decision-making that will influence maternal and child health programs throughout the state for the next 4-5 years.Contact Bradley Klos, MCH Epidemiologist in the Prevention and Community Health Program, bradley.klos@doh.wa.gov 360-236-2532
    • For other opportunities...Contact Jessica Marcinkevage, Supervisor /Chronic Disease Epidemiology in the Prevention and Community Health Program, jessica.marcinkevage@doh.wa.gov, 360-236-3740
  • UW School of Public Health practicum opportunities
  • Urban Indian Health Insitute
  • Internships with MCHB-funded training programs The MCH program will consider providing a stipend ($2,500-3,000) for interested students. Contact Cindy San Miguel (csanmig2@uic.edu) or Daniel Enquobahrie (danenq@uw.edu) by April 12th, 2019
  • Intern with the Division of MCH Workforce Development (DMCHWD) Applications Due: April 25 for a fall internship (unpaid).
  • Work with the Obstetrical Care Outcomes Assessment Program (OB COAP), this program at the Foundation for Healthcare Quality collects chart-abstracted birth data from hospitals in the Pacific Northwest. Program staff are interested in working with MCH students on practicum projects, possibilities include but are not limited to evaluating the relationship between clinical practices and pregnancy outcomes, racial disparities and geographic factors in pregnancy care and outcomes, provider type and outcomes, and strategies to disseminate information to clinicians and change care. Contact Vivienne Souter, MBChB MD, Director of Research at vsouter@qualityhealth.org.

Nationally-Sponsored Practicum Opportunities (offered annually)

Title V MCH Internship Program from the National Maternal MCH Workforce Center
Work with an undergraduate from an MCH Pipeline Training Program or a graduate student from an MCH Public Health Catalyst Program to complete a health transformation project for an MCH state agency. Receive training in leadership, team-building, and mentoring as well as exposure to a variety of resources and learning modules focused on Title V, the Affordable Care Act.
Applications Accepted: Typically January through February, TBA
Duration: 8-10 weeks 
Location: a state MCH agency
Paid: ~$4500 stipend

 

Graduate Student Epidemiology Program (GSEP)
Participate in data analysis and monitoring, needs assessment, or program evaluation.
Application Due:  ~ January but check website as deadlines vary each year
Duration: 3 months (summer)
Location: MCH department or tribal epidemiology center at the state, county, or local level
Paid: ~ $5000 living stipend (amount may vary from year to year)

Public Health Epi Scholars Program
Get mentored by experienced public health epidemiologists, attend a series of supplementary workshops on applied epidemiology topics, work on applied epidemiology projects, complete quantitative data analysis, and write a report and present your findings.
Application Due: ~ January but check website as deadlines vary each year
Duration: 10 weeks (summer)
Location: Public Health- Seattle and King County, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Paid:  hourly wage