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What is a Field Placement?
A field placement is a placement of a student in a public or nonprofit health agency or organization, particularly one serving underserved areas and populations, to work on a discrete public health project. This placement should provide structured opportunities and/or experiences to allow the student to apply acquired knowledge and skills in a public health practice setting.  Field experiences are expected to contribute to the mastery of public health competencies, with a focus on balancing the educational and practice needs of the student with the needs of the community. Field experiences should culminate with a deliverable of a poster presentation or scientific report that must include the following sections: abstract, introduction, methodology, findings, conclusions and discussion.

Field Placement Eligibility Criteria: 

  • One must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen U.S. national, or foreign national holding a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States.
  • One must be enrolled in a health profession graduate program (MPH, MSPH, DrPH or PhD program) at a CEPH-accredited school or program of public health.

Current Opportunities:
Student Internship/Applied Practical Experience
Louisiana Department of Health – Office of Public Health
Environmental Public Health Tracking

LDH’s Section of Environmental Epidemiology and Toxicology is seeking 1-2 students
to support the BREATHE initiative from January to May 2023.
There is the potential for the program to continue beyond December if additional funding is secured.

Description: BREATHE stands for “Bringing Respiratory Health Equity for Asthmatics Through Healthier Environments.” It is focused on providing asthma services with an environmental health focus. The BREATHE program has partnered with Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital to provide Virtual Home Visits to clients with poorly controlled asthma as well as home environmental concerns.

Student Responsibilities: The intern will be involved in engaging with the public and interviewing them to gain insight into their asthma and home environmental conditions. They will then be responsible for recording these data in a custom REDCap data management system and using it to derive baseline information about our client pool. The intern will also be responsible for following up with clients to collect program evaluation data and assist with routine programmatic quality improvement activities.

Logistics: The selected intern will function in this position primarily through telework, with the potential for occasional in-person attendance at 1450 Poydras St., New Orleans (Benson Tower). The student intern will be required to fulfill a minimum of 200 hours between January and May, 2023.
The successful applicant will receive a $3,500 stipend provided by the Region 6 South Central Public Health Training Center (R6SCPHTC).

To be eligible for the stipend, the student must meet the following criteria:
•  The student must be enrolled in a graduate degree program at a CEPH-accredited School or Program of Public Health
•  The student must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident
•  The student will be responsible for submitting a final report to the R6SCPHTC

To apply for this internship, please send a cover letter and resume to Chuck Shorter at

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