Field Immersion Resources

Please see below for a general overview of Field Immersion and Experiential Learning of the DrPH Program. Resources and information specific to the type of field immersion experience can be accessed via the drop-down menu on the left.

Field Immersion & Experiential Learning Overview

Team-Based Field Immersion                                                 4-5 months; November to March  
  • An intentional process of organizing to learn in a real-world setting. Students stretch forward in their leadership development and intentionally focus on the foundations of teaming as they take on a project that addresses a public health challenge or issue. 
  • Fall 1
    • Project descriptions are presented to the cohort by organization representatives. This meeting provides an opportunity for students to learn about the public health issue and the project and scope of work requested of the student team.
    • Students teams are formed by mid-October in preparation for Enabling Teams (DrPH 250) in Fall 2.   
  • Fall 2
    • Student teams are expected to conduct introductory meetings and on-boarding procedures with their host organization over Fall 2.
  • Winter & Spring 1
    • Student teams engage with host organizations full time for three weeks in the January (“J”) term and continue their work with hosts to complete deliverables over February/March in Spring 1 during Enabling Large Scale Change (DrPH 251). 
  • This field immersion experience is with host organizations located in the Boston/Metro Boston. Students receive a stipend to cover transportation expenses. 
  • Students need to register for DrPH 255 Winter (1.25 credits). 
Summer 2 Field Immersion                                                                     8-10 Weeks; May to August 
  • Full-time, individual experiences where students concentrate on developing new competencies and advancing existing skills to tackle a public health issue or challenge. 
  • The DrPH Program supports students in identifying field immersion opportunities beginning early November with 1:1 networking / career development conversations with the Assistant Director of Field Practice, advisors and other mentors.  
  • Students are not funded by the program for this experience but are encouraged to seek compensation from their host organization or funding from other third-party sources. 
  • Students need to register for DrPH 305 Summer (10 credits) 
Winter 2 Experiential Learning                                                                                    3 Weeks; January
  • Students focus on strengthening tools for leadership, furthering ideas and goals regarding the DELTA Doctoral Project Thesis and/or integrating public health concepts and theories into practice.    
  • Some examples can include participation in a Harvard Winter Session trip or formal field immersion experience, enrollment in a course that will strengthen one of the main competency domains of the Program, exploration of and visits to potential organizations for the DELTA Doctoral Project, and pursuing work on a research question that is related to your DELTA Doctoral Project. 
  • The DrPH Program supports students in identifying field immersion opportunities through the DELTA Seminar (DrPH 290A).  
  • Students are not funded by the program for this experience but are encouraged to negotiate compensation with their host organizations.