AMSA Public Health Education
Educational & experiential training opportunities in public health, preventive medicine and community medicine
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Medical School Electives/Summer Enrichment in Community & Public Health
- CDC Epidemiology Elective Program for Senior Medical and Veterinary Students
- A 6-8 week elective in epidemiology for senior medical and veterinary students. Approximately 50 senior medical or veterinary students are offered an elective position each year that provides them with an introduction to public health, preventive medicine, and the principles of applied epidemiology, all under the mentorship of experienced CDC epidemiologists.
- The CDC Experience Applied Epidemiology Fellowship
- Eight competitively selected medical students from around the country who are completing their second or third year of medical school will spend up to one full year at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. Fellowship activities include: orientation to CDC and didactic training, monthly seminars, monthly journal clubs, hands-on training and work experience at CDC, participation in field investigations, Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Annual Conference attendance, and presentation of a culminating project. A stipend is provided for living expenses.
- CDC-Hubert Global Health Fellowship
- The fellowship provides an opportunity for third- and fourth-year medical and veterinary students to gain public health experience in an international setting. Hubert fellows spend six to twelve weeks in a developing country working on a priority health problem in conjunction with CDC staff. Through these experiences, students establish relationships with, and receive training from, recognized experts from CDC and other national and international health agencies.
- Indian Health Service - Medical Student Clerkship Contacts
- The Indian Health Service (IHS), an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, is the principal federal health care provider and health advocate for Indian people, and its goal is to raise their health status to the highest possible level. The IHS currently provides health services to approximately 1.5 million American Indians and Alaska Natives who belong to more than 557 federally recognized tribes in 35 states. This page lists contacts in various locations throughout the United States where it is possible to arrange a clinical elective.
- Native Health Initiative, University of North Carolina
- A program started in 2004 that offers medical, premedical, and other health professions students 5-week summer internships to work alongside tribal health leaders to address health inequalities in American Indian communities in North Carolina. The projects range from health education, research on issues chosen by the tribal leaders, and work with youth to empower them towards health.
- NYC DOHMH Public Health Elective
- The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) invites residents and medical students to participate in an elective in Public Health and Preventive Medicine. The DOHMH is a dynamic environment where elective participants can observe a large local health department tackling urban public health issues. Elective participants will learn about the clinician's responsibilities toward public health in order to better serve their patients and communities. The elective provides a unique opportunity to work on a project with Department professionals. By participating in the day-to-day work of the DOHMH, the trainee - whether future clinician or public health specialist - will encounter a variety of measures employed to promote wellness and prevent illness in individuals, groups, and the population as a whole. Elective participants also receive a broad overview of DOHMH responsibilities and functions through field visits, meetings and lectures. For more information on this program, as well as the DOHMH Public Health/Preventive Medicine Residency Program, please visit the NYC website.
- STEER: South Texas Environmental Education and Research
- A four-week elective course for medical, nursing, and public health students taught in Laredo, Texas, about 155 miles southwest of San Antonio, along the U.S. border with Mexico. The program is part of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and teams instructors from the Health Science Center and The University of Texas-Houston School of Public Health with Laredo's own educators, health professionals, engineers, sanitarians and community leaders. While it is not a clinical elective, the lessons learned are clinically relevant. Much of the curriculum is focused on environmental health. There are no fees for housing and tuition, but past attendees recommend having a car if possible. Also consider 100+ degree heat of summer.
- Unite for Sight in Africa and Asia
- Volunteers range from undergraduate and medical students, educators, nurses, and public health professionals to optometrists and ophthalmologists, and serve as interns at eye clinics in Africa and Asia. The eye clinic's eye doctors and Unite For Sight volunteers jointly participate in community-based screening programs. The clinic's eye doctors diagnose and treat eye disease in the field, and surgical patients are brought to the eye clinic for surgery. Research opportunities and academic credit possible (see FAQ page). Lengths of trips and locations vary - see website for details.
- USDHHS (United States Department of Health and Human Services) Training Opportunities
- USPHS (United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps) Training Opportunities
Duke Program on Global Policy and Governance & Global Health Fellows Program in Geneva, Switzerland
Johns Hopkins Preventive Medicine Residency Medical Student Rotation
Schweitzer Lamberene Fellowship (Gabon, Africa)
Schweitzer Fellowship (12 US cities)