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Graduate Student Epidemiology Program for Students

Applications for projects will open again in January 2015

"In addition to enhancing skills and ideas I learned in my academic career, I also became aware of what a public health career is like in the government sector. I would definitely recommend GSEP to others. There is nothing like practical, hands-on experience to prepare you for what to expect once you graduate."


  • 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 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
    The systematic analysis, assessment, and projection of health needs and resources in a given population or community.
    Real experience: Analyzed a set of maternal and child health indicators to prepare the State's 2015 Needs Assessment.
  • Program Evaluation
    Monitoring, collection, and analysis of data to determine the effectiveness or outcomes of a particular program or project.
    Real experience:
    Conducted a formative evaluation to document the effectiveness of the State's breastfeeding promotion program.


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)
  • Feburary: 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