EXPO

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Public Health Training Center (MAR-PHTC) offers two experiential learning opportunities (EXPO) for graduate students in public health: EXPO Field Placements and EXPO Collaborative Projects. Students will receive a $3,500 stipend to help defray living expenses while participating in EXPO.

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A student is eligible to participate in EXPO if they are: 

  • enrolled, either part-time or full-time, in an accredited graduate school of public health (Master’s or Doctoral program), and
  • a citizen of the United States, a non-citizen U.S. national, or a foreign national having possession of a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States.

Further information and requirements are available in the EXPO Field Placement Handbook and the EXPO Collaborative Project Handbook

To learn how you can maximize your field placement experience, watch our video, Making the Most of Your Field Placement Opportunity. Join students from Drexel University, the University of Pittsburgh, and West Virginia University as they share their experiences and lessons learned. Click on the link below to access the video: 
Click here to view the Making the Most of Your Field Placement Opportunities video.

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EXPO Exchange
EXPO Field Placements
EXPO Collaborative Projects


EXPO Exchange

The EXPO Exchange is a distance accessible interactive forum where participants can share experiential learning experiences, discuss projects, engage in panel discussions, and learn about career and networking opportunities in public health and clinical practice. Current EXPO students, their supervisors, faculty collaborators, former MAR-PHTC sponsored students, and our Community-based Training Partners are invited to participate. The Exchange will be offered quarterly. Presentations will be recorded and posted here for future viewing.

Click on the link below to access the video from our first EXPO Exchange: 
Tips for Success: Making the Most of Experiential Learning; EXPO Exchange 10/11/19

Learn what works (and what doesn’t!) when engaging in experiential learning opportunities, such as HRSA supported field placements and faculty-student collaborative projects. Panelists include students, field placement supervisors, and faculty who will share advice, learned experiences, and tips for success.

For more information about EXPO, contact marphtc@pitt.edu.


EXPO Field Placements

There are two different EXPO Field Placement programs: EXPO Field Placements and EXPO Partner Field Placements. Both EXPO Field Placements require that students:

  • Complete the required project deliverables:
      • a scientific report or poster presentation that includes the following sections: abstract, introduction, methodology, findings, conclusions, and discussion
      • an abstract for submission to a public health conference
      • an abstract submitted to Pitt Public Health Dean’s Day (required only for Pitt Public Health students)
      • any deliverables required by the host organization

EXPO Field Placement Handbook

EXPO Field Placements can either be student-initiated (Pitt Public Health students only) or site-initiated (all students).

Student-initiated

Is there a project that you feel passionate about and would like some monetary support? Are you currently working with a non-profit organization and would like to turn your experience into a field placement/practicum experience? The sky’s the limit! 

Pitt Public Health students are encouraged to develop their own EXPO Field Placement opportunities. In addition to the requirements above, Pitt Public Health students must commit 200 hours to their placement. To apply, students and the host organization must complete the Pitt Public Health EXPO Field Placement Proposal available at the link below.

Pitt Public Health EXPO Field Placement Proposal

Download the completed proposal and submit it via email to marphtc@pitt.edu. This form must be digitally signed and sent as an email attachment. Scanned forms will not be accepted. Proposals will be reviewed as they are received and students will receive an email notifying them of whether their proposal is accepted.

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Site-initiated

Site-initiated EXPO Field Placements are opportunities offered through MAR-PHTC’s non-academic Community-based Training Partners and other non-profit organizations in our region.

 Click on the links below to view available opportunities.

Birmingham Free Clinic: Addressing the Social Determinants of Health in Chronic Disease Management – Pittsburgh, PA

Cabell-Huntington Health Department: Administration Internship (4 placements) – Huntington, WV

Casa San Jose Evaluation of the Front Desk Program – Pittsburgh, PA

Delaware Division of Public Health: Climate Change Impact on Health and Vulnerable Populations – Dover, DE

Delaware Division of Public Health: Departmental Reaccreditation Project – Dover, DE

Delaware Division of Public Health: Inspection Guidelines for Vendors of Cannabis-infused Edibles – Dover, DE

Delaware Division of Public Health: Suicide Surveillance in Delaware – Dover, DE

Magee Women’s Research Institute and Foundation Community Opioid Project: Marijuana Study – Pittsburgh, PA

Magee Women’s Research Institute and Foundation Community Opioid Project: Talking to Pregnant Patients – Pittsburgh, PA

Families Against Mandatory Minimums: Public Health Challenges in Federal Compassionate Release – Washington, DC


Students are welcome to apply using the EXPO Student Field Placement Application available at the link below.

EXPO Student Field Placement Application 

Download the completed application and submit it via email to marphtc@pitt.edu. This form must be digitally signed and sent as an email attachment. Scanned forms will not be accepted. Proposals will be reviewed as they are received and students will receive an email notifying them of whether their proposal is accepted. 

To request a student for your organization, download the completed request form at the link below and submit it via email to marphtc@pitt.edu. This form must be digitally signed and sent as an email attachment. Scanned forms will not be accepted.

EXPO Field Placement Request Form Site Supervisor Initiated Project


EXPO Partner Field Placements

Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and West Virginia University School of Public Health are Pitt Public Health’s EXPO Partners. Together, we strive to create opportunities to help the future public health workforce meet the demands they will face as public health professionals. 

Each EXPO Partner has their own processes for facilitating EXPO Partner Field Placements for students at their university. Please follow the guidelines for each school.

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EXPO Collaborative Projects 

EXPO Collaborative Projects are powerful opportunities to engage faculty and students in public health practice, conduct practice-based research, and encourage evidence-based practice in public health agencies and community-based organizations. EXPO Collaborative Projects require that students:

  • Complete a project of 3–6 months in length and
  • Complete the required project deliverables:
      • a scientific report or poster presentation that includes the following sections: abstract, introduction, methodology, findings, conclusions, and discussion
      • an abstract suitable for submission to a public health conference
      • an abstract submitted to Pitt Public Health Dean’s Day (Required only for Pitt Public Health students)

To apply, students and their faculty supervisor must complete the EXPO Collaborative Project Proposal available at the link below.

EXPO Collaborative Project Proposal

Students can also apply for existing projects.

Click on the links below to view available opportunities.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education Public Health Brief – Pittsburgh, PA

To apply for existing opportunities, use the EXPO Student Collaborative Project Application available at the link below. 

EXPO Student Collaborative Project Application

Please download the completed EXPO Collaborative Project Proposal or EXPO Collaborative Project Application and submit it via email to marphtc@pitt.edu.  This form must be digitally signed and sent as an email attachment.  Scanned forms will not be accepted. Proposals and applications will be reviewed as they are received. Students will receive an email notifying them of whether their proposal is accepted approximately two weeks after submitting their proposal.

EXPO Collaborative Project Handbook



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