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Graduate Student Epidemiology Program for Students

Applications are open January 5 to February 13, 2015

"This was an invaluable experience. GSEP offered me the opportunity to apply the epidemiologic skills I have learned in school to a real life epidemiology project. After completing my internship, I know that I am capable of working as an epidemiologist at a state or local public health department."


  • Provide technical assistance to states and localities while receiving training in a real-world MCH environment!
  • Address specific, defined data or analytic issues to develop or enhance MCH and Children with Special Health Care Needs information systems!

Focus in any of 3 critical areas of MCH epidemiology

  • Data Analysis and Monitoring
    Monitoring of diseases, injuries, and health conditions for their frequency, risk factors, consequences, and health service requirements, and analysis of epidemiological data sets.
    Real experience:
    Analyzed State PRAMS data to produce and disseminate a stakeholder-driven fact sheet and issue brief on adverse childhood experiences.
  • Needs Assessment
    The systematic analysis, assessment, and projection of health needs and resources in a given population or community.
    Real experience: Conducted a needs assessment on women of child bearing ages to assess their overall health needs, risk factors, and barriers to care.
  • Program Evaluation
    Monitoring, collection, and analysis of data to determine the effectiveness or outcomes of a particular program or project.
    Real experience:
    Conducted an evaluation to document the effectiveness of the State’s early childhood system.


Qualified applicants must be:

  • Master’s or doctoral degree candidates in U.S. schools of public health (accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health)
  • Enrolled in MCH or related programs that involve MCH studies
  • Finished with the project before graduating
  • U.S. citizens or foreign nationals who possess a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States

Application Process

  • January: projects and application open (rank up to 3 choices)
  • February: Deadline for application
    Qualified students are matched with appropriate opportunities—regardless of student or project location
  • March/April: Matches are revealed
  • May, June, July: Projects begin! (depending on requirements)

Time and Stipend

  • Duration: 12 weeks
  • Stipend: over 3 months to cover travel to the site, housing, and daily living expenses