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Master of Public Health Program

Ideas for Applied Practice Experience

Initial preparation for the experience should begin at least one year, sometimes longer, before the actual work on site is to begin.  It is the student's responsibility to find an organization/agency which best fits his/her interests and capabilities.  Remember that experience sites may be very competitive or otherwise limited in offering opportunities for students; so, again, it is best to start very early.

Examples of appropriate site placements used by our students include:



Arizona Department of Health Services

Phoenix, AZ

Bless China International

Yunnan Province, China

CDC, Division of Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases

Atlanta, GA

CDC, Rabies Section in Viral & Rickettsial Zoonoses Branch

Atlanta, GA

Flinthills Wellness Coalition

Manhattan, KS

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Harvesters Community Food Network

Topeka and Kansas City, KS

Irwin Army Community Hospital – Fort Riley Public Health Department

Fort Riley, KS

Jackson County Health Department

Independence, MO

Johnson County Health Department

Olathe, KS

Kansas Department of Health and Environment

Topeka, KS

Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks

Emporia, KS

Kansas Health Institute

Topeka, KS

National Institutes of Health

Bethesda, MD

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services

Lincoln, NB

North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health

Raleigh, NC

Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)

Washington, DC

Riley County Extension

Manhattan, KS

Riley County Health Department

Manhattan, KS

Saline County Health Department

Salina, KS

Tennessee Department of Health

Nashville, TN

The Cooper Institute

Dallas, TX

USDA APHIS Veterinary Service

Topeka, KS

USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service

Columbia, MO

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Washington, DC area

TriHealth Corporate Health

Cincinnati, OH

There are many other possibilities, but an organization/agency must have a public health-related focus.

Other agencies and organizations that may provide appropriate placements include:



Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR)

Washington, DC area

Search on “internship”

Albert Schweitzer Fellowship

Nationwide opportunities

American Public Health Association

Nationwide opportunities Search on APHA Internships & Fellowships

Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges

Search on “internship”

Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars

Run by Vanderbilt University

Health Resources and Services Administration

Search on “internship”

Hispanic-Serving-Public Health Schools (HSHPS)

See “Student Corner”

National Animal Health Emergency Response Corps (NAHERC)


Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education

Nationwide   opportunities, search on “internship”

PanAmerican Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO)

Not available for   U.S. or Canadian Citizens – Worldwide Opportunities for non-citizens

Projects Abroad

Lists   international opportunities

Tufts University

See listing of public health student internships

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Search on “internship”

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Search on “internship”

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Search on “internship”

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Internship Program

Washington, DC area

U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps

Must be a JRCOSTEP


Work abroad as a volunteer

Search on “health”


Search by zipcode and key word (use “health”)


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