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MSPH Field Placements

During the first half of their second year in the program, MSPH students participate in a 680-hour supervised field placement in domestic and/or international settings. The field placement provides the opportunity to integrate formal classroom teaching with practical experience in the student's chosen field. 

PFRH Field Placements 2022-2024

PFRH Field Placements 2022-2024 - A light blue map of the world with orange pins scattered across many countries

Recent PFRH Field Placement Sites

Below is a small sample of the many organizations, schools, clinical divisions, and companies where PFRH MSPH students have completed their field placements.


Boston Children's Hospital: Gynecology
Boston, MA

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine: OB/GYN Gynecologic Oncology
Baltimore, MD 

Massachusetts General Hospital: Division of General Academic Pediatrics
Boston, MA 

Planned Parenthood Maryland, Education and Outreach Department
Baltimore, MD



Center for AIDS Research at Johns Hopkins University, Implementation Science Hub
Baltimore, MD

International Center for Reproductive Health, Kenya, William H. Gates Sr. Institute for Population and Reproductive Health, Johns Hopkins University
Nairobi, Kenya

PMA Ethiopia, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

San Isidro, Lima, Peru

Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE), University of California San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH), University of California San Francisco
Oakland, CA


Nonprofit Organizations

AMOS Health and Hope 
Managua, Nicaragua

NATAL Israeli Trauma and Resiliency Center 
Tel Aviv, Israel 

National Association of County and City Health Officials, Maternal Child & Adolescent Health
Washington, D.C. 

National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association, Policy and Communications
Washington, D.C. 

Puerto Rican Action Board: Family Services, Parents as Teachers
East Brunswick, NJ

Samaritan's Purse, Yazidi Empowerment Project (YEP)
Duhok, Iraq

Sehgal Foundation
Gurugram, Haryana, India

Shine Children's Foundation
Masindi, Uganda



New Jersey Department of Health, Health Improvement Planning 
Trenton, NJ

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services
Rockville, MD

Virginia Department of Health, MCH/Title V 
Richmond, VA

West Palm Beach VA Healthcare System 
West Palm Beach, FL 


For-Profit Organizations

Atom Strategic Consulting
Morristown, NJ

CAF - Development Bank of Latin America and the Caribbean
Quito, Ecuador

San Francisco, CA 


Hours of supervised, real-world experience MSPH students gain in their field placement


U.S. cities where MSPH students held field placements 2022-2024


Countries where MSPH students held field placements 2022-2024


Organizations where MSPH students completed a field placement 2022-2024

Tijani Salami, MSPH ’24

"My field placement was with the Africa region of the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW). This experience proved invaluable as it provided me with hands-on practical knowledge in conducting research on various critical issues including child marriage, gender-based violence (GBV), childcare services, and women's social protection across Africa. It was an enriching experience that deepened my understanding of the complexities within these domains and strengthened my research skills."

Tijani Salami
Elena Kern

Elena Kern, MSPH ’24

“My field placement was with CAF, the Development Bank of Latin America and the Caribbean, in the department of Social and Human Development in Quito, Ecuador. I joined the current stage of the respective projects which topics ranging from telehealth, mental health, water and sanitation systems and early childhood nutrition. It was a fascinating mix of public health program design and evaluation, strategic communication and considerations of the political environment.” 

Jacqueline Nguyen, MSPH ’24

“My field placement was with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) where I interned in the Center for Mental Health Services. I was assigned to various projects which included an overview on federal programs aimed at improving maternal behavioral health, literature reviews on school-based and early child mental health interventions, as well as a presentation of a recent white paper for Project AWARE. This field placement really inspired me to focus my professional efforts on mental health and well-being in addition to physical health. I started the Public Mental Health Certificate program during my field placement and am on track to completing it this term.”

Jacqueline Nguyen
Emily Lasher

Emily Lasher, MSPH ’24

“At my field placement, I worked at the Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment at University of California, San Francisco on the Science and Policy team. In the position, I helped lead an umbrella review on the health effects of near roadway air pollution and an analysis of populations disproportionately exposed to traffic pollution in California. Over the summer, I also participated in the Title V Internship Program through the National MCH Workforce Development Center. I was placed at the Virginia Department of Health where I designed and implemented a data collection system for a home visiting program in the state.”