Professional and Research Experience

My training at Yale honed me into a confident practitioner and looking to greater heights with full commitment to positively impact my environment.

Majo Yakubu, MPH '11
alt text

Professional Skills Training

YSPH has a unique professional skills training course – the Professional Skills Series (PSS) – that aims to equip all MPH students in their first year with the foundational knowledge and skills necessary for success in an increasingly complex and competitive work environment. 

The PSS is mandatory for all first year MPH students and will be administered throughout the academic year by career office staff as well as outside coaching professionals. Of approximately 20 course offerings, you will be required to complete 8 (but you can take as many as you like). 
Sessions incorporate individualized professional coaching, guided peer to peer learning, and facilitated break out groups that allow participants to practice new skill sets.  

See the schedule and course descriptions!

The Summer Internship and Practicum

The summer internship is a seminal experience for students in the MPH program, exposing them to real-world challenges and the opportunity to apply what they have learned in class. Students are able to find local, national and international placements with the help of both the Office of Public Health Practice and Office of Career Services. In addition to the internship and for Advanced Professional MPH students who do not complete the internship, there are a variety of practicum courses to provide additional real-life experience in the field of public health. See former students slideshows.

Research Opportunities

The Yale School of Public Health actively develops innovative solutions to many of today’s most pressing health issues and students at YSPH can engage with this cutting-edge research on campus in a variety of ways. Faculty and our 24 research centers hire students as paid research assistants both during the academic year and for the summer internship. In addition to the resources and centers housed at YSPH, students can connect with the vast network of research centers and programs at the medical school and across the University. With over 19 Interdisciplinary research strengths at YSPH, there is an extensive network of opportunity for YSPH students. 

In addition to paid or volunteer research work, students in Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Environmental Health Sciences, Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases and Social and Behavioral sciences complete a thesis project in their last semester. While a thesis is not required in Biostatistics, Healthcare Management or Health Policy, it is an option for those who are interested.

Office of Public Health Practice

The Office of Public Health Practice (OPHP) supports practice, education, applied research and community–university health partnerships by building bridges between academia and the “real” world of public health. The OPHP serves as the nexus for practice-based learning, summer internships and continuing education programs at YSPH.