Master’s Students

If you are an MPH student in the Community Health concentration who matriculated in Fall 2019 or later, please see the Fieldwork for MPH in Community Health page for information about your fieldwork requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 oel@sph.cuny.edu.

Students must have completed at least 18 credits toward their degrees, including: epidemiology (EPID 610 or 611) or PUBH 613 (Designs, Concepts, and Methods in Public Health Research​), and biostatistics (BIOS 610 or 611) or PUBH 614 (Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analysis Methods in Public Health Research​), and two courses in their area of concentration, prior to completing their fieldwork.

Projects may involve program planning, implementation or operation, applied public health research, community health education and outreach, health advocacy, or other appropriate public health-related work. Projects should have clear goals, activities, and associated deliverables.  Note: All Maternal, Child, Reproductive and Sexual Health students must complete their fieldwork in this area of specialization.

Each semester OEL circulates a pre-registration form to all students via CUNY SPH student email accounts.  Students must check their email accounts for announcements regarding pre-registration and required orientation dates. Note: Students must pre-register and attend an orientation seminar the semester BEFORE they plan on doing their fieldwork.

OEL maintains a database of fieldwork sites that have been approved. Students must then contact the sites of interest to explore potential projects relevant to their concentrations and career goals.

If a student has identified a site of interest that is not included on the OEL approved sites, contact the Office with the following information: the web link, contact person, and any relevant details for OEL to follow up and determine if the organization is a suitable fieldwork site. This information is to be sent to oel@sph.cuny.edu for review.

The fieldwork should provide the basis for the Capstone paper.  There are two options for the type of Capstone papers students can do: a research paper or a practice paper. For more details, please see the Capstone handbook.

Some students modify their work schedules or use vacation time to complete their hours. Students should discuss scheduling needs with potential preceptors to see if they can be accommodated.  In some instances, students who are employed in an appropriate public health setting, may request approval to do their fieldwork at their place of employment.  In such cases, fieldwork projects must be outside of students’ current scope of work and responsibilities.

Important Dates

For Students Enrolling in Summer 2022 Fieldwork

Complete the Summer 2022 Fieldwork Pre-Registration Form. Please note that all orientations for summer fieldwork have passed, however if you’ve not attended fieldwork orientation and are planning to complete summer fieldwork, please schedule a fieldwork advising appointment to walk through the missed content.

Deadline to submit Learning Agreements and HSR Determination Letters for Summer 2022 fieldwork: Wednesday, May 11, 2022


For Students Enrolling in Fall 2022 Fieldwork

  1. Complete the Fall 2022 Fieldwork Pre-Registration Form.
  2. Watch the fieldwork orientation video from start to finish.
  3. Then, download the fieldwork orientation ppt so that you can access the discussed resources which can be found on the “Resources” slide towards the end of the Ppt.
  4. We will be holding two fieldwork Q&A sessions for questions related to the fieldwork orientation content and your fieldwork search. While they are not mandatory, these are great opportunities to connect with a fieldwork advisor to clarify outstanding questions after watching the orientation video. If interested, you can register to attend a fieldwork Q&A sessions below:
    • Wednesday, April 27  |  6–7pm  |  Register
    • Wednesday, May 4  |  6–7pm  |  Register

If you can’t attend one of these sessions but have questions, don’t hesitate to schedule a fieldwork advising appointment.

Deadline to submit Learning Agreements and HSR Determination Letters for Fall 2022 fieldwork: Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Important Forms

Please do not attempt to complete these forms until you have attended a fieldwork orientation. You will need your SPH Domain Account (sph\) credentials to log in and access some of these documents. This is the same account used for WiFi, logging into lab computers, and remote access to Library resources. (Please email the helpdesk at helpdesk@sph.cuny.edu for password resets.)

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