Fieldwork during COVID-19

In accordance with CUNY guidelines, fieldwork should be carried out remotely. In cases where fieldwork cannot be carried out remotely, students should contact the Office of Experiential Learning (OEL) at

What is fieldwork?

Fieldwork is an applied or experiential learning experience (minimum 180 hours of service) that is planned, supervised, evaluated, and graded. Fieldwork experiences allow students to develop, manage, evaluate, or lead evidence-based public health projects. Each experience varies according to the student’s interests and professional development goals, and the needs of the fieldwork site.

What is the purpose of fieldwork?

The purpose is for students to develop practical skills, make useful professional contacts, gain valuable work experience, and further their public health competencies outside of the academic setting. Master’s students produce deliverables or final products as part of their fieldwork that act as stepping stones to their Capstone papers (students in the MPH in Community Health concentration have different requirements that can be reviewed here). DPH students select from options that support exploration of dissertation topics and/or further career goals.

Who supports students through the fieldwork process?

CUNY SPH has established the Office of Experiential Learning (OEL) to support the fieldwork process and respond to the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) requirements for applied and experiential learning. OEL works with students and community members to establish fieldwork opportunities and ensures that fieldwork projects fulfill CEPH criteria. A student’s faculty advisor and site preceptor are essential to the process too.

Who is required to do fieldwork?

See our Program of Study Worksheets for fieldwork requirements.

For students in the MPH in Community Health concentration who matriculated in Fall 2019 or later, the CHSS 696: Community Health Practice Collaborative I and CHSS 698: Community Health Practice Collaborative II courses are required and fulfill your fieldwork and capstone requirements. More info on these courses can be found here.