Field Studies

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About Field Studies.

Through the Field Studies Program, CHS Master of Public Health students contribute more than 20,000 hours annually towards public health efforts serving diverse communities in Los Angeles and around the world.

The Field Studies program provides practical, real world experience for students using an individualized and intentional approach. Opportunities are provided for students to network, build professional relationships, develop public health skills, reflect, and explore public health professions. 

To read student descriptions of their internship projects, check out the FSPH Magazine features Making the Case and Field Days, or watch students describing their interests in public health and the impact of their field studies experiences here.

Student Experience.

Students identify and complete 400-hour internships, typically during the summer between their first and second year of study. Students must complete CHS 210, CHS 211A, and CHS 211B before beginning their Field Studies internship hours.

Current students have access to the Department’s Field Studies CCLE Page, which provides additional information and resources for the required practice experience.

Organization Partners.

The success of our field studies program would not be possible without the support of our community partners and outstanding preceptors.

With the guidance of an experienced preceptor, students contribute to public health efforts at a wide range of organizations including hospitals and health systems, government agencies, foundations, nonprofit organizations, and small community-based organizations.    

Register an Organization for Field Studies.

Interested in hosting a student for field studies internship? Register internship opportunities with your organization here. Although there is no deadline, students accept positions on a rolling basis. The Preceptor Handbook provides additional information about what to expect.

FSPH Alumni.

Alumni involvement greatly enhances our experiential learning program.  Consider offering internship opportunities and serving as a preceptor.  Alumni who participate in the school’s mentorship program are encouraged to talk to their mentees as they begin planning for and ultimately participating in field studies.

Questions? Contact Us.

Sarah Blenner, JD, MPH
Director of Field Studies and Applied Professional Training
Department of Community Health Sciences
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
sblenner [at] ph.ucla.edu
(310) 206-7942
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers