• Graduate Student, MEDS
• Students must be enrolled in the Masters for Public Health program or for the Certificate in Global Health and have been approved for an international field experience. Students must be in good standing. MPH students must complete POP HLTH 810-650-039 and the majority of their course work prior to a field experience. Certificate in Global Health students much complete POP HLTH 640 and the majority of their course work prior to a field experience.
• Field experiences may have different language requirements depending on the country, organization and field experience requirements. Accurate assessment of students' foreign language proficiency is important to ensure appropriate placement.
• Open to UW-Madison degree-seeking students only
• Good academic and disciplinary standing


Public Health

Classroom Language


Responsible for arranging your own housing

Program Duration

Summer: Mid-June - Mid-August

Application Deadline(s)

TermApplication Deadline
Spring 2017-18  11/3/2017
Summer 2018  3/17/2018

Future durations will be posted at a later date.

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UW Master of Public Health Field Experiences

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The International Field Experience is an option for all students in the Master of Public Health Program. The international field experience consists of a 400-hour (minimum of six weeks in-country), 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 the majority of their 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. Placement sites typically have a strong UW-Madison affiliation, although unique projects are possible. 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.

Learning Objectives

We have overall Goals and Expectations for Study Abroad Participants, covering the personal, academic and professional aspects of study abroad. Additionally on this program, you can:
  • Deepen cross-cultural understanding through field work