Date of Graduation

Summer 8-27-2014

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)


School of Nursing and Health Professions


My culminating fieldwork experience took place at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Health Research Training Program where I completed over 300 hours of practical experience in working with the HIV Diagnostics Unit in the Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control. While my work focused on a variety of public health interventions, for the purpose of my final paper, I have chosen to detail my work on the application of data analysis, program planning/evaluation, and community engagement in the New York City HIV Testing Initiatives Program. The USF MPH Program coursework and commitment to social justice has honed my skills and equipped me to apply theory into practice through this culminating experience. This fieldwork placement provided an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the core competencies and interdisciplinary competencies of public health that I have learned. Furthermore, this experience reflects the continuous development of my expertise in specific areas of interest and growth in the field of public health, specifically in working with urban underserved populations and with the prevention and control of HIV/AIDS. This Fieldwork Summary Report will provide an overview of the main projects that I worked on, the methods and theory used in implementation, the results and public health significance, and the competencies addressed. Additionally, you will find a brief summary of my overall experience at NYC DOHMH, and the various seminars, workshops, community events, and other activities I had a chance to attend while living in New York City.