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Health Policy and Management

Field Placement Experience

The second year field placement, which consists of full-time employment in the health/public health policy arena, provides an opportunity for students to apply their theoretical academic training in a professional health/public health policy setting, and gain skills essential to functioning as public health policy professionals.

Students are expected to take responsibility for locating and securing their field placement with the assistance of program faculty, staff, alumni, current students and employers. Students may choose to pursue field placements in a wide variety of settings, including:

Type of OrganizationName of Organization
AcademiaAlbert Einstein College of Medicine
JHSPH Department of Health Policy and Management
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Medical College of Wisconsin
University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Biotechnology Industry Organization
Cerner Corporation
CRISP - Chesapeake Regional Information System
Cubist Pharmaceuticals
Interpark Bio-Convergence Center
LEO Pharma
Novo Nordisk
Consulting FirmsAdvisory Board Company
Avalere Health
Bloomberg Global Data
Booz Allen Hamilton
Boston Consulting Group
Capview Strategies
Discern Health
Hagerty Consulting
Health Policy Analysis
Huron Consulting Group
John Snow International
Kate Fitzgerald Consulting
Kaufman Hall
Lewin Group
Luma Consulting
Madison Consulting Group
Sage Growth Partners
ZS Associates
GovernmentBaltimore City Mayor's Office
Baltimore Food Policy Initiative
California Office of the Governor
Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation
Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Department of Housing and Urban Development
Department of Veterans Affairs
Food & Drug Administration (FDA)
Government Accountability Office (GAO)
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC)
Library of Congress
Louisiana Department of Health
Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Maryland Department of Health
Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission
Maryland Mental Hygiene Administration
National Institute of Health - National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Office of Health Information Technology
Office of Management and Budget
Office of Rep. Michelle L. Frisham (D-NHI)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
United Nations
World Health Organization
Health PlansAssociation for Community Affiliated Plans
Carefirst BCBS
Collective Health
Independence Blue Cross
Johns Hopkins Healthcare
Maryland Health Benefit Exchange
Health ProvidersCity of Hope
Cleveland Clinic
Fleischman-Hillard Healthcare Practice
Ghana Health Service
INOVA Health Systems
Johns Hopkins Hospital
Kaiser Permanente
Kindred Healthcare
Maimonides Medical Center
Ochsner Health System
Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Specialists
People's Community Health Centers
Unity Health Care
American Lung Association of the Northeast
Annie E. Casey Foundation
Association of State and Territorial Health Organizations
CTC Ten Foundation
DC Action for Children
Education Fund to Stop Gun Violence
Kaiser Family Foundation
MERIT Baltimore
National Alcohol Beverage Control Association (NABCA)
National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health
National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities
National Quality Forum
National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)
Planned Parenthood
Primary Care Coalition
RESULTS Educational Fund
Teach for America
Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities (TASC)
Young Women's Project
ResearchAmerican Psychological Association
BluePrint Research Group
Center for HIV Education Studies & Training
Center for Medical Technology Policy
Center on Budget & Policy Priorities
Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice
Friends Research Institute
Fuzbien Technology Institute
IMPAQ International
JHSPH Center for American Indian & Alaskan Native Health
JHSPH Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth
JHSPH Institute for Health and Productivity Studies
J-PAL North America at MIT
Mathematica Policy Research
NORC at the University of Chicago
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)
Worldwatch Institute

Students can begin their field placements when they:

  • Complete the required 64 program credits, AND
  • Achieve satisfactory academic progress with a minimum overall GPA of 2.75 by the end of the 4th term AND
  • Pass all required core courses with a minimum grade of C.

The minimum length of a field placement is nine months of full-time or full-time equivalent work. Many students begin their field placement employment immediately after completing their first year coursework in May, although students are not required to begin their field placements until the first day of the first term in their second year. You can find the full list of requirements and expectations for the field placement in our catalog.

Field Placement Goals

The goal of the field placement experience is to provide students with an intensive application of their academic training under the guidance of at least one senior level health policy/public health professional and the program faculty. Through the field placement experience, students will ascertain how health policies affect the public’s health and further develop their professional health policy competency. During the field placement experience, students are expected to accomplish the follow objectives:

  • Develop practical, applied public health policy skills such as: problem analysis, oral and written communications to various audiences, quantitative analysis leading to evidence-based policy decisions, etc.
  • Contribute to the organization by participating in and completing all assigned work. Where appropriate, share work with colleagues and make suggestions for additional projects that would support the organization’s mission.
  • Discern their own role in the organization: how their work fits into the mission of the organization and how can they be most effective in advancing policies to protect and promote the public’s health.
  • Recognize the role of the host organization within the health policy arena: how their organization fit into the “larger system” of health policy.
  • Explore the internal structure, function and history of the organization and its impact on the organization’s mission and operations.
  • Observe the leadership and managerial style of the preceptor and the relevance of these to the student’s field placement experience and their career advancement and development.

Selection and Approval of Field Placement Sites

Students are responsible for securing their own field placement positions, with assistance and final approval from Program staff and faculty. Students are encouraged to utilize existing Program partnerships with health policy/public health related employers via alumni contacts, recruiters, and established networking contacts. Additionally, students are encouraged to identify appropriate placements on their own. Placements can be domestic or international. Field placement opportunities will be disseminated to students via the seminar course, via email, and/or in person. Students can complete an unpaid, volunteer work experience with an organization, agency, or faculty member in lieu of paid work experience. Students must submit an official field placement offer letter to the Program for final approval.