Date of Graduation

Fall 8-26-2015

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)


School of Nursing and Health Professions


The following information was written by Chris Dunne and intended to provide an in-depth review of his fieldwork experience, which was a required component of the University of San Francisco’s (USF) Master of Public Health (MPH) program. The experience was successfully completed in collaboration with the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH), specifically focused on a project at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH), one of the many SFDPH entities that provide patient care and services to San Francisco. In the spring of 2016, a new hospital building will be constructed and allow for other patient-care units and services to utilize the vacated space. The main objective of this fieldwork was to assist with the appropriate determination and financially sound relocation of units into SFGH’s Building 5 based on available space, service workflow, and the needs and considerations of the patients and staff. To avoid confusion, this fieldwork focused on this vacated hospital space of the old building (Building 5) only, and not any of the space in the newly constructed building (Building 25). The structure of this paper will begin with an introduction to the public health issue and background. After the project’s scope and background of the public health issue have been addressed, a brief description of SFGH and its principal functions will be included. Following the organizational review, the results from this fieldwork will be shared. Lastly, there will be a brief discussion on how this fieldwork correlated with USF’s MPH