Field Training


Robert Coleman, an MPH in epidemiology student, assembles a drone during his field placement training with the Genesee and Orleans County Department of Health in Batavia, N.Y.

The field training experience is a cornerstone of the Master of Public Health (MPH) program. Agencies provide students with diverse public health experiences vital to professional growth.

Program Overview

Students apply knowledge, skills and public health principles acquired through their educational experience at the University at Buffalo to help improve the health of populations, communities and individuals, while gaining invaluable, hands-on training under an agency’s supervision and guidance.

This hands-on experience takes place at a public health site chosen by the student. The site supervisors overseeing students’ field training are public health practitioners, experts and leaders in the community. Site supervisors provide on-site training, supervision and guidance, helping students integrate knowledge gained during academic coursework in a professional setting.

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Publish Your Work

Publish your MPH field training experience or Culminating Project through the Journal of Public Health Student Capstones (JPHSC).

The JPHSC is a quarterly journal seeking abstracts from MPH students highlighting experiential learning activities. It provides an opportunity to share your achievements with professionals, educators and your peers in public health.

Qualifying submissions can be data analyses, research proposals, program evaluations, historical or literature reviews on public health topics, or original research.

Learn more about the JPHSC abstract guidelines, and talk with faculty about submitting field training or culminating project work through this scholarly journal.