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Graduate Student Epidemiology Program (Formerly the Graduate Student Internship Program)

Applications for projects will open again in January 2015

MCHB sponsors the Graduate Student Epidemiology Program (GSEP) to enhance students' skills in data analysis, promote training in MCH epidemiology, and to provide assistance to state and local health agencies with data-related projects. This program provides graduate students with the opportunity to address specific, defined data or analytic issues to assist state and local health agencies in developing their MCH/Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) information systems.

The GSEP offers 12-week projects in state or local health departments. Student interns are paid a stipend of $4,000 for the summer, and will be required to submit a final report at the conclusion of their projects.

Projects are focused in these three critical areas of: Data Analysis and Monitoring, Needs Assessment, and Program Evaluation.

  • 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 are some of the projects included in this area. Example: Analyzed data on high-risk birth outcomes and related factors to identify the populations at greatest risk of poor pregnancy and infant health outcomes.
  • Needs Assessment. Projects in this area include the systematic analysis, assessment, and projection of health needs and resources in a given population or community. Example: Analyzed a set of maternal and child health indicators to prepare the State's 2015 Needs Assessment.
  • Program Evaluation. This area includes the monitoring, collection, and analysis of data to determine the effectiveness or outcomes of a particular program or project. Example: Conducted a formative evaluation to document the effectiveness of the State's breastfeeding promotion program.