Date of Graduation

Winter 12-12-2014

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)


School of Nursing and Health Professions

First Advisor

Courtney Keeler


This fieldwork summary report encapsulates the author’s fieldwork internship at California STD/HIV Prevention Training Center (CA PTC) in Oakland, California. Students in the University of San Francisco (USF), Master of Public Health (MPH) program are required, as a final phase of their studies, to participate in a 300-hour fieldwork internship to demonstrate competency in the Core Knowledge areas as outlined by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). Students choose their fieldwork placement site based on an area of particular interest and focus.

My fieldwork experience was different from many of my colleagues, in that I did not work on a specific project, rather my fieldwork experience was more about achieving insight into how a national organization works at the federal, state, and local levels. I accomplished this by (1) participating in many project meetings to assist HIV prevention programs throughout the country with evidence-based training and technical assistance needs; (2) conducting literature reviews for training and technical assistance projects to inform work for funding opportunity announcements; (3) developing clinical decision support tools to assist medical providers in discussing sensitive patient information regarding sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) including human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination for adolescents; and (4) assisting with administrative activities to gain an understanding of the fiscal, human resources, and programmatic activities required to run a successful organization.

The fieldwork entailed many new terms and acronyms, which can be found in Appendix A.

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