Practical Experience Beyond the Classroom
Central to every profession is its practice, so we offer students hands-on learning opportunities across diverse settings.
We have a long history of collaborating with agencies and organizations at the local, state, national and international level. Our faculty collaborate on research and service projects that provide valuable opportunities for students. In addition, our professional staff are continually building partnerships with new entities willing to host our students for professional, hands-on experience.
This real-world experience gives students a competitive edge in the marketplace and academia.
Undergraduate students gain real-world experience through volunteer projects, research, internships and student organizations. During their senior year, every undergraduate Public Health student is required to complete 60-75 hours of applied field placement experience in a local or regional agency or institution where they can put their classroom lessons to work. In addition to the field placements, all undergraduate students are required to complete a minimum 50 hours of community service, documented through iServe in the WVU Office of Service and Learning. Getting involved in the Student Association of Public Health is also a great way to get connected to service opportunities.
Public Health graduate programs offer both research-intensive and applied practice curricula that emphasize individualized planning and cross-disciplinary experiences to help students build an educational program that supports their career goals. All Master of Public Health students are required to complete a minimum of 180 contact hours in an applied practice experience with a public health-related agency or organization. Each experience is supervised by an approved preceptor who serves as a professional role model and mentor. In addition to the applied practice experience, MPH students engage with health and other professionals through integrated and interprofessional learning experiences throughout their curriculum.
Some examples of our partner organizations include:
- Girls on the Run of North Central West Virginia
- WVU Injury Control Research Center
- Monongalia County Health Department
- Well WVU
- Greater Morgantown Safe Communities
- National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (CDC)
- Drug Free Moms and Babies Project
- WVU Medicine
- WV Bureau for Public Health