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How to Apply

Application for the 2014-2015 academic year will be available in the early summer of 2014.

Each year, a small group of MCH Master’s and Doctoral students will be selected as MCH Trainees.  Trainees will complete a special enhanced curriculum; will have special training opportunities in cultural competence, family-centered care, and interdisciplinary practice; and will be working closely with MCH faculty mentors, community agencies, and advisors throughout the traineeship.  

AWARD
Students who are selected as trainees will receive full-time tuition waivers for 3 semesters (fall, spring, and summer); a stipend ($9,000 MPH/MSPH and $11,000 PhD/DrPH); travel support to conferences; and individualized mentoring.  Both newly admitted and current students are eligible to apply.  Individuals from minority and underrepresented groups are welcome and strongly encouraged to apply.  The Bureau of Maternal and Child Health supports increased diversity in student trainees as one of the goals of the program

APPLICATION PROCESS AND SUBMISSION
Students may feel free to contact us if they have specific questions regarding the application process or requirements.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
Applicants for the MCH Traineeship must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a United States citizen
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree
  • Have 3.0 GPA
  • Have applied as or been accepted as a master’s or doctoral student in the College of Public Health (final decision for pending students is dependent upon being accepted to the program)
  • Demonstrate commitment to and focus in the area of MCH:
    • Doctoral students (PhD or DrPH) should demonstrate a clear focus in the broad area of Maternal and Child Health.
    • Master’s student candidates should demonstrate a clear interest in an MCH focus area.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Each MCH scholar will complete a specialized program of study.The traineeship program requires a significant commitment of time and effort, so it is not possible for scholars to work full time during the traineeship year.

In each semester of the program, Trainees will focus on family centered care, interdisciplinary practice, and cultural competency through multiple approaches. By the end of the traineeship, Trainees will have a strong understanding of and experience in these core areas of Maternal and Child Health.

To maintain the MCH Traineeship award, scholars will be required to:

  • Participate in full-day (6 hour) seminars on the following topics: cultural competence, family-centered care, interdisciplinary practice, and the life course model.
  • Participate in monthly research-to-practice seminars on various MCH-related topics (in person or online).
  • Attend monthly scholar meetings, including leadership development seminars.
  • Work with a faculty research mentor, who will be assigned at the start of the academic year.
  • Masters students are expected to become involved in their faculty mentors research projects. Doctoral students will observe faculty leadership activities. Scholars are also expected to meet with their faculty mentor at least every 3-4 weeks to discuss these activities in the context of leadership.
  • Work with a community leadership mentor, who will be assigned at the start of the academic year. Scholars will observe their mentor’s leadership activities, and are expected to meet with their mentor at least every 3-4 weeks to discuss these activities.
  • Assist their faculty mentor in writing 2-page community-focused summaries of the faculty’s recently published research.
  • Be enrolled full-time in coursework or thesis/dissertation credits each semester. Full time status is 9 credits each in fall and spring and 6 credits in summer.
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Current Students (students enrolled at COPH)

Applications for current students should include the following:

  • Completed application cover sheet.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • One copy of their current transcript.
  • One copy of their current plan of study (PhD and DrPH students only).
  • A letter of recommendation from the student’s advisor.
  • A two-page statement of interest. The statement should focus on the student’s leadership qualities and interest in MCH, and should include attention to:
    • Why the student is applying for the award;
    • How the student would benefit from the traineeship;
    • How the student has demonstrated leadership or potential for leadership;
    • Previous MCH experience;
    • Commitment to the field of MCH;
    • His/her career goals in MCH; and
    • How the student’s research interests are focused on an MCH topic (PhD and DrPH students only);

Newly Admitted Students

Applications for newly admitted students should include the following:

  • Completed application cover sheet.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • One copy of their transcript from their undergraduate and/or graduate program.
  • A letter of recommendation (specific to the traineeship).
  • A two-page statement of interest. The statement should focus on the student’s leadership qualities and interest in MCH, and should include attention to:
    • Why the student is applying for the award;
    • How the student would benefit from the traineeship;
    • How the student has demonstrated leadership or potential for leadership;
    • Previous MCH experience;
    • Commitment to the field of MCH;
    • His/her career goals in MCH; and
    • How the student’s research interests are focused on an MCH topic (PhD and DrPH students only)