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Potential Field Placement Projects

Field Placement opportunities are listed by the MPH program for no longer than six months and with the most recent submittal first. Listing on this website is a service to our students and community organizations but in no way indicates the MPH program's endorsement of the position. In addition to any hiring processes defined by the site, students must complete all required planning aspects of the Field Placement course.

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2014 - Ozaukee County Health Department Coalition Building and Strategic Plan Development (Port Washington, WI)
2014 - IMPACT Planning Council 211 Call Data Analysis (Milwaukee, WI)

2014 - Milwaukee Center for Independence Data Collection and Analysis (Milwaukee, WI)

2014 - Wisconsin Office of Rural Health (WORH) Program Planning and Evaluation (Various Locations)

Ongoing - Quality Improvement at Lake Area Free Clinic (Oconomowoc, WI)
Ongoing - Planning Council for Health and Human Services, Inc. (Milwaukee, WI)


2014 - Ozaukee County Health Department Coalition Building and Strategic Plan Development (Port Washington, WI)

Ozaukee County Health Department is in the beginning stages of developing a heroin task force.  This project might include some of the following activities:

  • coalition building work
  • facilitating meetings
  • researching evidence to identify what Ozaukee County should do as a community
  • presenting a plan to the community at large
  • researching grant opportunities

The Health Department hopes the MPH student will develop and present a plan for the heroin task force, and the community will move the work forward.

Contact Information:
     Kirsten Johnson
     Health Officer

Posted 2/19/14

2014 - IMPACT Planning Council 211 Call Data Analysis (Milwaukee)

IMPACT Planning Council advances community health and human services through objective planning, evaluation and research.  For this project, The student will work with the database associated with the 2-1-1 service run by IMPACT in southeastern Wisconsin. IMPACT 2-1-1 is a central access point for people in need. During times of personal crisis or community disaster, the free, confidential helpline and online resource directory make it easy for residents to get connected to information and assistance. The MPH student will work with the ReferNet database, the standardized database used by all 2-1-1 services around the country. The student will learn to query the database, run descriptive statistics and do trend analyses of the data collected. The focus of the analyses will be to describe the needs that people living in a particular neighborhood are expressing, which entails determining a way to further break down data which currently is only collected at the ZIP code level. 

Qualifications include experience with basic descriptive statistics and quantitative analysis. Intermediate Excel and basic SPSS skills are also desired. 

Contact Information:
     Julie Whelan Capell
     Director of Planning and Development

Posted 2/19/14

2014 - Milwaukee Center for Independence Data Collection and Analysis (Milwaukee)

The Milwaukee Center for independence provides skilled nursing services, adult day center, community-based programs, and more for residents within the Milwaukee area.  An Integrated Model of Care is being developed at the Center in regards to integrating mental health and primary care in a clinic starting January 2014.  This project would include data collection and analysis to determine the efficacy of the model of care, as well as researching evidence-based information related to this topic.  

Qualifications include proficiency in Microsoft Windows, Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook.

Contact Information:
     Dr. Rosalyn McFarland, DNP, RN, APNP, FNP-BC
     Director of Health Services

Posted 2/19/14

2013-2014 - Wisconsin Office of Rural Health (WORH) Program Planning and Evaluation (Various) 

The Wisconsin Office of Rural Health's (WORH) Rural Community Grant Program provides funding to coalitions, which include a rural hospital with fewer than 50 beds, to address a population health care issue.  MPH students participating in this group placement will provide technical assistance to the Rural Community grantees.  This unique group field experience will provide students with an opportunity to learn about and apply program planning and evaluation concepts.  The field experience will commence in the Summer 2013 with a week-long, didactic course that will be offered from 8:00AM - 4:30PM, August 12-16, 2013.  The field placement will begin in the Fall 2013 and continue through the Spring 2014.  

Activities include:

  • Participating in the grant selection process,
  • Meeting with the rural community coalitions,
  • Assisting with the development of outcome based evaluation strategies, and
  • Sharing a final evaluation plan for each of the grantees.

Students who participate in this experience will receive a $1000 stipend.  

Contact Information:
     Mark Edgar, PhD, MPH
     Wisconsin Office of Rural Health

Posted 4/9/13

Ongoing - Quality Improvement at Lake Area Free Clinic (Oconomowoc, WI)

Since the doors opened on July 3, 2001, the Lake Area Free Clinic has welcomed individuals and families who lack health insurance and whose income is below 200% of the federal poverty level.  Volunteers from all walks of life have stepped forth to plan, create, and make the Free Clinic a caring and vital part of the Waukesha County community.  These volunteers help the Free Clinic provide medical care and practical information aimed at prevention for hundreds of people who would otherwise go without.

The Free Clinic is engaging in a number of new quality improvement initiatives for which they are seeking student assistance. Examples of student opportunities include the following.
- Extract data regarding quality indicators for diabetes clinic
- Expand data extraction to include quality indicators for hypertension and hyperlipidemia
- Create and conduct a patient satisfaction survey for the general clinic as well as the diabetes clinic

* This project is open to medical students and PhD in Public and Community Health students as well as MPH students.

Contact Information:
     Mary Reich, RN
     Executive Director, Lake Area Free Clinic
     Phone:  262-569-4990

Posted 6/20/12

Ongoing - Internship with the Planning Council for Health and Human Services, Inc. (Milwaukee, WI)

Under general supervision of professional staff, the intern provides project support in the areas of planning, evaluation, and research. Project assignments will depend on current contracts and on the interests and skill level of the intern.

- Gather and analyze qualitative and quantitative data.
- Research evidence-based and best practices.
- Prepare plans, reports, and other documents.
- Design surveys, focus groups, and key informant interviews.
- Attend community meetings with staff members.

Required Skills:
- Ability to conduct literature reviews and familiarity with research language, and the ability to synthesize and present information in a professional report or presentation.
- Ability to work independently and as part of a small team.
- Ability to work with culturally and professionally diverse groups with a wide range of work styles.
- Familiarity with or willingness to learn data management programs.
- Knowledge of PC applications, including Microsoft Office software and the Internet.

Further information available as PDF:

Contact Information:
  Planning Council for Health and Human Services
  1243 N. 10th Street, Suite 200
  Milwaukee, WI  53205
  Phone:  414-224-0404
  Fax:  414-224-0243

Re-posted 9/10/12
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