From Practicum

Reports from the field.

Targeting Obesity in a NYC Public School: My Practicum Experience

Christine Raper, MPH ’13 in Sociomedical Sciences With a background in psychology, education, leadership, and now public health, I have always had a passion for teaching others. I previously worked with students in all grades of the K-12 sector and at colleges and universities, so I have always been interested in how people learn information and apply the knowledge they have attained. At the beginning of my second semester at Mailman, I was able to find a practicum experience that perfectly matched my personal and professional interests. In January 2012, I began a one-year practicum at P.S./I.S. 187 Hudson Cliffs…

Immersion Experience: My Practicum with ICAP in Mozambique

by Jonathan Platt, MPH ’13 in Epidemiology When I arrived in Maputo, the capital city of Mozambique, in July 2012, I was immediately delivered to the doorstep of a colleague who had been gracious enough to offer her spare bedroom. Her house was filled with children fully engaged in a game involving balloons and screaming, as well as several women cooking dinner, tending to children, and chatting too rapidly for me to follow. Armed with the Portuguese capacity of a 2-year-old (that was my limit; I tried and failed to chat with 3-year-olds), I attempted to introduce myself to my…

A Circus with Some Seriously Good Eats

By Willow Yonika, RN, MPH’12 in the Department of Health Policy and Management I knew I had overcome a major barrier to my work last summer when Katie, the head cook for the circus came up to me one day on the job and out of the blue said she was so appreciative of the food she and her staff were working with this year. She said it was like giving an artist proper tools- it excites them, and makes them want to create better art. For my practicum last summer, I worked for a traveling circus sourcing local, healthy…

Finding a Practicum: One Student’s Experience

By Mariko Rasmussen, MPH ’13 in Department of Population and Family Health I always knew that I wanted to study abroad and gain international public health research and program experience during my time at Mailman. In fact, this in-the-field experience—what’s known as a practicum—is an essential part of getting an MPH. Students choose from all manner of health projects in dozens of countries around the world. There are a lot of options! The process My first semester here, I often heard, “Don’t think about the practicum yet!” This was actually somewhat easy, considering my mind was preoccupied with completing five…

Crash Course on Clinical Management of HIV in Central Asia

By Cho-Yau Ling, MPH ’12 in Health Policy and Management I am doing well in Almaty, though I can’t say I’ve been here much in the past month. I have been traveling with the data collection team to conduct our baseline assessment of care and treatment services in Central Asia. In the past month, I have been to six sites with the Kazakhstan team and one with the Kyrgyzstan team near Bishkek. Each trip has been eye-opening for us as we try to understand the care and treatment system in Central Asia. I wrote about this in previous updates, but the…