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.

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.  

Andrews Studies Diabetes in Rwanda

Haylee Andrews (EPI '17) traveled to Kigali, Rwanda, over the summer to intern with Life for a Child (LFAC) under Professor Trevor Orchard.  

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 '16) helped to plan, execute, and review the county’s Raccoon Oral Rabies Vaccination (ORV) Program, as well as assisted with ORV distribution. 

Hemant Mahajan Assesses Hepatitis C Burden

As a participant in the Allegheny County Health Department’s Pittsburgh Summer Institute (ACHD PSI), Hemant Mahajan (EPI '17) assessed the burden of Hepatitis C in Allegheny County and the increased detection of acute hepatitis C cases and associated major risk factors. 

Neumann Studies Aging in Brazil

Lycia Tramujas Vasconcellos Neumann (BHCS '19) spent the summer studying 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-Income, Community-Dwelling Seniors in Brazil.”  

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 responsible for setting traps, entering data, and shipping samples to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for testing. He took awa... 

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