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Pittsburgh Summer Institute in Applied Public Health

MPH Practicum/Internship Experiences with the Allegheny County Health Department

The Pittsburgh Summer Institute in Applied Public Health (PSI) provides an enhanced and productive practicum experience at the Allegheny County Health Department. In addition to working to address real public health problems in the county, participants experience the day-to-day operations of an active health department while working with experienced public health practitioners. In addition to their individual projects, PSI students engage in a group project that exposes them to the multidisciplinary, cross-cutting nature of work that is done in a local health department. The PSI offers a stipend of $1,500 to each student (summer 2017). 

Core Experiences

  • Attendance at  orientation
  • Completion of a 200 hour practicum (flexible schedules are possible)
  • Full participation in group project (15 hours)
  • Completion and presentation of a project that addresses a specific public health need in Allegheny County at the Annual Student Showcase

Qualifications for summer 2017 

  • Current University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health student though the summer of 2017
  • Must have completed two semesters at Pitt Public Health by the start of PSI
  • Note: Qualifications subject to change for the summer of 2018


Applications for summer 2018 to be open in early January 2018.

About the psi

The PSI is sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Public Health Training Center. For students interested in PSI opportunities or for students currently a part of the PSI, questions can be directed to Julia Driessen.   


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