Graduate Student Epidemiology Program for Students
"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
- 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