Date of Graduation
Master of Public Health (MPH)
School of Nursing and Health Professions
The following paper summarizes the three hundred hour fieldwork experience at Berkeley Youth Alternatives (BYA), a non-profit community-based organization located in Southwest Berkeley that is committed to combating the social determinants that contribute to the prevalent health disparities within their community. The fieldwork internship is a major requirement in completing the Master’s of Public Health (MPH) program at the University of San Francisco (USF), and allows the education and experience gained over the duration of the program to be applied in a real public health setting.
The overall goal of the internship experience was to assess the social determinants of health, and how they affect the well-being of youth in the East Bay. The fieldwork activities centered around grant writing, research, and program planning in order to develop programs on nutrition and physical activity, as well as Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education. Background information, the implementation process, and potential results for each project and topic are discussed. The public health significance of the proposed projects are also included, as well as the application and relevance of USF MPH competencies and coursework relative to the fieldwork internship. The paper concludes with a description of the overall experience.
Cruz, Alane M., "Berkeley Youth Alternatives Fieldwork Summary Report: Assessing Social Determinants to Improve the Physical Health and Academic Development for Youth in Berkeley, California" (2014). Master's Projects. 41.