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AMSA Public Health Education

Educational & experiential training opportunities in public health, preventive medicine and community medicine


Graduate Training in Public Health

Masters of Public Health

What is an MPH?
According to the University of Connecticut's Center for Public Health and Health Policy, "the Master of Public Health is a professional degree program, accredited by the national Council on Education for Public Health, for individuals seeking training and experience in applied public health practice. The program faculty represents the population-based health sciences. The MPH Program's mission is to prepare public health professionals to achieve high standards of leadership through exemplary education, public service, and research (UCONN, 2007).
Is an MPH for me?
This is the most frequently asked question that medical students have about public health. Please check out the AMSA MD/DO-MPH guide as a starting point to determine if, when, and where you should pursue a Masters in Public Health.
Where can I pursue an MPH?
Check out the AMSA MD/DO-MPH guide linked above and visit the Association of Schools of Public Health. The ASPH website provides a complete listing of MPH programs, as well as medical institutions offering the joint MD-DO/MPH degree program.

Masters of Public Policy

What is an MPP?
The Masters of Public Policy degree affords students the opportunity to better explore the complex world of policymaking - policymaking not just limited to the health care arena. In many programs, students learn the skills necessary for policy evaluation, implementation, and associated economic factors. Policy areas studied include social policy, science, environmental, & technological policy, public law, comparative policy, and more advanced methods of analysis.
Where can I pursue an MPP?
The following schools offer graduate programs in public policy, as well as informative websites: Brown University, American University, Michigan State University (this is NOT a complete list).

Masters of Health Administration

What is an MHA?
The Masters in Health Administration is a degree designed for preparing future managerial leaders in the healthcare "industry." Areas studies include, but are not limited to finance, management, decision-making, strategic leadership, and analysis.
Where can I pursue and MHA?
Many institutions offer MHA programs. Although there is no one list of all programs, use your judgement in selecting an appropriate program (e.g. try to avoid online programs that do not seem to mention some form of accreditation, avoid programs that you have never heard of, etc.).

Graduate Training in Preventive Medicine

Preventive Medicine Residencies & Fellowships
The preventive medicine residency generally consists of 3 components: 1 year of clinical training in a primary care setting, 1 year for MPH training, and 1 year of practicum (interning at a state health agency, working for the Department of Health and Human Services, etc.). The American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) is the professional organization uniting the field of preventive medicine. For a current listing of residency/fellowship training in preventive medicine, visit the ACPM Residency Directory website and the ACPM Residency Training Resource Center.

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)

Fellowships in Public Health Policy

Community & Public Health Resources

Public Health Links

ACPM (American College of Preventive Medicine)
Medical Student Section Resources

APHA (American Public Health Association)
APHA Annual Meeting
APTR (Association for Prevention Training and Research)
ASPH (American Schools of Public Health)
List of Accredited Schools of Public Health
Why a CEPH Accredited School?
CEPH (Council on Education for Public Health)
An independent agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit schools of public health and graduate public health programs outside schools of public health.
Healthy People 2010
NHSC (National Health Service Corps)
USDHHS (United States Department of Health and Human Services)
ACF (Administration for Children and Families
AoA (Administration on Aging)
AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)
ATSDR (Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry)
CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services)
FDA (Food and Drug Administration)
HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration)
HIS (Indian Health Service)
NIH (National Institutes of Health)
SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
USPHS (United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps)

Funding Opportunities

First, your school or institution may have access to funding databases!
Ask your Office of Sponsored Programs or Office of Information and Communications about access to resources like SPIN, COS, and The Foundation Center.
Second, this is NOT an exhaustive list, but a few examples to get you started.

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