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The International Field Experience is an optional component for all students in the Master of Public Health Program. The international field experience consists of a 400 hour, six credit capstone experience that provides students with practical experience in a public health setting and requires them to apply and integrate the skills and knowledge learned during their graduate study. It also provides students with a rich opportunity to work with international agencies that address significant public health problems. MPH students participate in a field experience following the completion of majority of coursework. Students will summarize what they have learned in the field experience as part of the capstone project.
Students will apply population-focused skills in a community or public health setting in an international setting. Students will work with their Department to determine a placement site.
Once students have been approved for an international field experience through the MPH Program Office and have submitted a Field Learning Agreement, students will then apply online to IAP.
The city varies with field experience location. Past locations include: Rome, Italy, locations in Ecuador, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, Punta Gorda, Belize and locations in Kenya.
For more information on the option in Kenya, please visit: http://www.studyabroad.wisc.edu/programs/program.asp?program_id=243&country=Kenya&city=Mt+Kilimanjaro+Foothills&title=Public+Health
Getting to Your Program
Students make their own travel arrangements but are given guidelines for arrival dates and times.
A visa may be required depending on location. U.S. citizens must have a U.S. passport valid for at least six months beyond the end of the program. You will apply for your own visa. IAP will provide you with visa information.
OrientationStudents are required to participate in a pre-departure orientation at UW-Madison. The orientation is designed to introduce students to the program and prepare them for living abroad.
HousingHousing will vary by location. Students are responsible for finding their own housing.
Excursions and Activities
Since all field experiences are unique, the nature and extent of excursions varies with each placement. Previous participants have often taken advantage of their new surroundings by visiting neighboring cities and countries in their free time.
You will be enrolled in the UW System required health insurance through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) and the cost of the insurance coverage is included in program fees.
Participants will be assigned a preceptor as part of the placement process. The preceptor will oversee the student's field experience on-site and are members of the student's capstone committee. They are an employee of the agency or organization for which the student is working.
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How to Apply
First complete the IAP Online Application. The following supplemental application materials will become available to you through the application portal:
Summer Program Forms
Unofficial Transcript - OPTIONAL - Additional File
Worldwide Programs Questionnaire
Forms are subject to change. Complete the forms according to the checklist provided to you in the online application portal.
After the Deadline
IAP will review your application and make the final admissions decision. You will be notified of the admissions decision via email.
MPH students must take POP HLTH 810-650-039, MPH Field Work Seminar, offered during the Summer Institute or the spring semester prior to the initiation of the field experience. Students should have completed a majority of the required MPH curriculum courses and electives prior to the start of their international field experience.
MPH students are required to register for a total of 6 credits of field experience and complete at least 400 hours of field work to meet the requirements of the MPH program.
Certificate in Global Health students are required to take POP HLTH 640: Foundations in Global Health Practice prior to beginning a field experience. Global Health students are encouraged to take the majority of their course work prior to completing an international field experience.
Use the links below to see a list of courses that students have taken on this program before and the UW equivalents. Note: this list only includes pre-approved courses for your program and may not be an exhaustive list of courses or departments. You will get instructions on the course equivalent process after acceptance.
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