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The Community-Based Training Partnership at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JH-CBTP) is a training site for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Public Health Training Center (MAR-PHTC).  The PHTC program is a part of the National Network of Public Health Institutes, and its purpose is to improve the nation’s public health system by strengthening the technical, scientific, managerial, and leadership competence of the current and future public health workforce.  Funding for the PHTC program is provided by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), with the intention of developing the existing public health workforce as a foundation for improving the infrastructure of the public health system, and of building the competencies of future public health practitioners. 

The PHTC program is supporting future public health practitioners through funded field placements.  During the 2019-2020 academic year, the JH-CBTP will have 6 field placements ($3,500 each) available for students to use in funding a field experience, usually as part of their practicum or field placement experience. 

This award is intended to contribute to a students’ mastery of public health competencies, as described in the Association of Schools of Public Health guidelines for schools that are accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.
JHSPH students who are:
Seeking a master’s degree on a full‐time or part-time basis who must meet a practicum or field placement requirement for degree completion, including but not limited to MPH, MHS, MSPH, DrPH and PhD students,
who are US citizens, non-citizen US nationals, or foreign nationals with a permanent resident US visa are eligible for EXPO awards.

Field experiences require a commitment of no less than 100 hours.
Full-time students may participate in field experiences for up to 1 year; part-time students may participate in field experiences for up to 2 years.

Eligible organizations and experiences:
Your field experience may be undertaken with a public or nonprofit health agency or organization.

Preference will be given to students working with agencies, organizations, or projects serving medically underserved areas or populations, or on projects serving medically underserved areas or populations. Students are asked to give a rationale in their applications as to how their project engages an underserved population and/or seeks to reduce health disparities.

Project location:
Project sites must be within a US state, territory, federal district, or land managed by a federally recognized American Indian tribe.
Project type:
Field experiences must be part of a discrete public health project, and not part of the regular day-to-day activity of the organization or agency.
Award amount:
EXPO awards carry a stipend of $3,500 to be applied to project expenses, including travel to or from project sites. Stipend money is not to be spent on course tuition. Awards will be disbursed through the JHU payroll system.

Upon completion of the field experience and satisfaction of practicum or field placement requirements, awardees will be required to submit:

1) A report about the field experience, in a format specified by HRSA;

2) An abstract of the experience suitable for submission to a scientific conference.

These deliverables are in addition to anything required by JHSPH or your field experience preceptor.

How to Apply:


When applying, you will be asked to provide the following information:

1) A brief description of the project noting how it involves underserved communities;
2) A brief explanation of your ability to contribute to and learn from the project;
3) A draft project budget;
4) An up-to-date CV;
5) A letter of support from your preceptor.

You may review the questions before applying by downloading a copy in pdf format here.

Please contact the JH-CBTP at

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP27882 "Regional Public Health Training Center Program” for $3,420,000 (0% financed with nongovernmental sources). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy or, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.



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