Students offer perspective to European leaders on migrant crisis

The FXB Field Education program* is a Harvard university-wide program and provides an opportunity for Harvard students to expand their knowledge and field experience in community development, health, and human rights for impoverished and marginalized populations, and to contribute to agency’s program capacity building, advocacy, and public policy. The field experience consists of qualitative and participatory action research. This summer students from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard…

Webinar (July 26): Hosting Harvard MPH Students for Field Practice “101”

Are you interested in hosting a Harvard Chan student for their field experience? Sign up for our informational webinar on Tuesday, July 26 (12 noon to 1 p.m. EST) to add it to your calendar and learn more!

Our Masters of Public Health students are highly accomplished before they even begin their graduate studies at Harvard – and they are seeking learning opportunities with organizations doing great work in Massachusetts, the U.S., and around the world to put their new skills into practice. We will discuss:

  • The basics about the MPH practicum
  • Expectations for host organizations and preceptors
  • Examples of past projects
  • Everything you need to get started!

There will be plenty of time for questions and answers, and our staff is available to assist you if you decide to host a student.

Register here. Pre-registration is not required but is recommended.

Online Meeting Link:

Dial-In Number (United States): (641) 715-3580, Access Code: 188505
International Dial-In Numbers:

At the scheduled date and time of the meeting, dial into the conference line.  When prompted, enter the Access Code followed by the pound key. To join the online meeting, click on the online meeting link listed above and follow the prompts to join the meeting.

Preceptor Gathering Highlights Range of Student Impact

Zain Kassam, MD, MPH, FRCPC of OpenBiome at the 2016 Preceptor Appreciation Breakfast, describes his student Roshan Razik's Practicum project on C. difficile infections
Zain Kassam, MD, MPH, FRCPC of OpenBiome at the 2016 Preceptor Appreciation Breakfast, describes his student Roshan Razik’s Practicum project on C. difficile infections

Nineteen public health preceptors from host organizations in the metro Boston area joined staff from the Harvard Chan School’s Office of Education last week for the first time, for a Preceptor Appreciation Breakfast.

“My student, Agustina Saenz, developed recommendations for re-writing the zoning code for Boston,” said Jessica Taubner, Chief of Staff for Boston City Councilor-At-Large Ayanna Pressley. “We are very interested in working with another student next year. Can we get more than one?”

Every year, hundreds of Harvard graduate students work with experienced public health practitioners in Boston, elsewhere in the U.S., and around the world, to complete the required Practicum for the Master of Public Health degree.

Acting Dean David Hunter noted, “I have so much admiration for the work that you all do to improve public health and the wisdom and experience you offer our students. We could not do our part in training public health students without the contributions and commitment of preceptors such as yourselves.”

Attendees also offered suggestions for improvements to the field practice experience, such as encouraging students to start their projects earlier in the academic year, providing more information to students and preceptors, and convening preceptors more regularly.

Organizations interested in hosting a Harvard Chan School MPH student can find more information here.