Domestic Field Experience

Contacts:

Michelle Hodge, MPH
Field Experience Administrator
(813) 974-6665
mhodge1@health.usf.edu

What is a Supervised Field Experience?

  • A carefully supervised work or service experience that allows a student to address a public health issue or concern. The student has specific learning goals and reflects actively on what he/she is learning throughout the experience. The placement provides progressive experiences for integrating theory and practice
  • An organized and carefully planned partnership between the student, faculty advisor, site supervisor and field experience coordinator with specified responsibilities for each party.
  • One of three culminating events (comprehensive exam, field experience and special project) and a graduation requirement for College of Public Health students who are earning an MPH or an MSPH in Industrial Hygiene

Characteristics of a Supervised Field Experience include the following:

  • Carefully planned, supervised and evaluated in order to earn academic credit
  • Contains measurable goals and concrete learning objectives which directly relate to Core Competencies, a student’s academic department/concentration and personal career goals
  • Helps to develop a student's academic, professional and personal development
  • Can last from one to six months in duration
  • May require a part-time or full-time (international placements) regular weekly commitment
  • Generally a one-time experience, but some students may elect to participate in multiple placements
  • May offer an hourly wage, stipend, tuition/travel reimbursement or no compensation