Practicum Fieldwork

We link trainees with practicum opportunities and provide support for them to carry out fieldwork focused on eating disorders prevention. STRIPED is sponsoring the following practica for HSPH students for the 2014-15 academic year:

New Policy Translation Practicum Opportunity on Harmful Weight Loss and Muscle Building Products

STRIPED is offering a new practicum opportunity for the 2014-15 academic year for an HSPH student to develop a strategic plan to motivate voluntary corporate actions to address the sale of harmful products marketed for weight loss and muscle building in pharmacies and supermarkets. The widespread abuse of these products for weight control and muscle building by youth and adults and the dangers and deceptive advertising of loosely regulated dietary supplements are well-documented in the public health literature, yet pharmacies and supermarkets sell these products without restriction. The practicum will involve key informant interviews with business, public health, and community stakeholders and site visits to stores to survey shelf placement and relevant inventory. The student will develop interview guides and an in-store observation survey instrument. In addition, the practicum will include background research on possible harm posed by certain products sold for weight loss and muscle building and on strategies used by other similar public health initiatives addressing sale of harmful products. The final deliverable for the practicum will be a written strategic plan, which may include strategies combining grassroots organizing, negotiation with business leaders, media advocacy, and potentially other techniques to catalyze corporate action to protect the health of consumers from harmful products marketed for weight loss and muscle building. The practicum will be supervised by STRIPED faculty. The practicum stipend is $1500.

Applications are due by Friday, Oct. 24. Interested students should send a one-page statement of interest and resume to:

Bryn Austin, ScD
STRIPED Director
Associate Professor
Dept. of Social and Behavioral Sciences, HSPH
Email: bryn.austin@childrens.harvard.edu
Phone: (617)355-8194

Multiservice Eating Disorders Association Practicum in Health Communications or Program Evaluation

The Multiservice Eating Disorders Association (MEDA), Massachusetts’ premier community-based nonprofit dedicated to advocacy and the prevention and treatment of eating disorders and the spectrum of disordered weight-control behaviors, will provide practicum opportunities in health communications or program evaluation.  The specific practicum project will be determined by the HSPH student and MEDA staff.  Student-initiated project ideas welcome. To find out more and to apply, contact Bryn Austin, ScD (bryn.austin@childrens.harvard.edu). Accepting applications now!