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Global Disease Epidemiology and Control Practicum

2nd term
International Health
Variable Credit
Academic Year:
2020 - 2021
Instruction Method:
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Course Instructor:
Yvonne Tam

The field placement is an activity in which the student, the placement agency, and the faculty share responsibility for gaining practical experience in one or more aspects of global disease epidemiology and control measures. All three parties are involved in developing work objectives to guide the student's field placement experience, thus creating a unique integrating opportunity for the MSPH student.

Complements and reinforces the didactic portion of the MSPH program. Provides students with an opportunity to apply the knowledge gained during the first year, to develop skills in epidemiologic and data analysis skills applied to diseases of importance in low and middle income countries according to individually designed learning objectives, and to work as part of a team in an applied research or practice project. Students are placed in a variety of professional settings, which may include: government, non-government organizations (NGOs), multi-lateral, private, and/or for-profit sector. Provide opportunity for feedback for student performance and placement experience

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Integrate and apply knowledge, methods and skills learned in courses taken on the first year of the MSPH in a practical setting, to allow for the seamless transition from student to public health professional.
  2. Develop new skills essential for functioning as an effective global health professional, in assuming responsibility on the ground and becoming a reliable and collaborative member of a project team, an effective communicator, writer, trainer and implementer.
  3. Evaluate a program or field project as it relates to the socio-cultural and health context, behavioral and health impact, community involvement and program process.
  4. Develop a proposal, and/or report, or other written document that analyzes and synthesizes public health data related to their practicum.
  5. Take initiative, provide direction, and participate in the implementation, evaluation and/or analysis required to establish and achieve project goals.
  6. Communicate effectively, manage relationships and participate in teams
Methods of Assessment:

Practicum proposal approved by advisor, preceptor and faculty program coordinator
Preceptor evaluation
Final thesis/essay

Instructor Consent:

No consent required