Field Immersion

Field immersion experiences in the DrPH Program enable immediate application of classroom learning into real work public health environments. There are two field immersion requirements in the DrPH Program.

Team-Based Field Immersion

The purpose of the Team-Based Field Immersion experience is for students to exercise leadership, collective problem solving, systems thinking and teamwork skills toward completion of project deliverables co-developed with staff at the host organization. The immersion takes place over the January  and Spring 1 terms in Year 1 of the program.

Course Registration

DrPH 255 Dynamics of Teams in Systems and DrPH 251 Enabling Large Scale Change

Forms and Resources

Team Based Immersion Timeline AY 2019-2020
DrPH Domestic Travel Waiver 

Summer Field Immersion  

The purpose of Summer Field Immersion is for students to concentrate on developing new competencies and advancing existing skills while addressing a public health issue or challenge that is of personal interest. Students submit a Learning Agreement by end of April to confirm their summer immersion arrangement.

This full time, 8-10 week experience between May-August is arranged between the student and their host organization. It can be in the form of a fellowship, internship or consultancy. See Summer Travel Funding Policy (below) for program support guidelines.

Course Registration

DrPH 305 Summer Field Immersion


Summer Immersion Learning Agreement Form
DrPH Travel Waiver (Domestic) | DrPH Travel Waiver (International)
Summer Travel Funding Policy | Online Application


2017 Summer Placements | 2018 Summer Placements  | 2019 Summer Placements
Summer 2019 Immersion Overview
Funding and Fellowship Opportunities