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Waiver from Field Placement Requirement


Students with previous public health employment may be eligible for a waiver. Requests for waivers will be considered and approved by the Program Director on an individual basis. In general, the Field Experience may be waived for students who have a bachelor’s or advanced degree in health or a related profession and at least five years of continuous, paid public health experience. The possession of a prior professional degree in another field (e.g. MD, RN) or prior work experience that is not closely related to the academic objectives of the student’s degree program is not sufficient reason for waiving the Field Placement requirement.

Students must submit a waiver application form that includes the description of the Field Placement equivalent experience along with a resume or CV and a completed Competency Self Assessment during the first semester of enrollment. If a student is granted a waiver, the credits will need to be acquired through other coursework.

Residents in preventive medicine, occupational medicine, aerospace medicine, and public health and general preventive medicine who are earning their MPH as the academic year of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education accredited preventive medicine residency and who then undertake the residency practicum year immediately after completing MPH didactic coursework, may count their practicum year as the required Field Placement experience for the MPH Program.

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