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Janet Leader is the Community Health Sciences department contact for 2014-2015. Ms. Leader may be contacted at

Janet Leader, MPH, RD
Associate Director of Nutrition Services
Field Studies Supervisor
(310) 206-7942
jleader [at]

Objectives of Field Studies Experience

  • Apply the theory, knowledge, skills and techniques obtained in the classroom to a professional setting
  • Understand organizational dynamics in a given practice setting
  • Polish and enhance program planning, implementation, and evaluation skills under the guidance of an experienced preceptor
  • Acquire skills related to policy formulation, implementation, and analysis
  • Develop a professional persona by integrating the lessons of a professional environment
  • Provide an opportunity to explore a particular health care setting as it might relate to future career decisions

Competencies of Field Studies Experience

Although there is variation in the focus of different field experiences, click here to see how these field study objectives relate to the MPH Competencies defined by the Association of Schools of Public Health.

Past Field Studies Placement

Field Studies Handbook for Students

Please refer to the Field Studies Handbook while planning and completing your field studies.