Curriculum

FPHLP incorporates a multi-prong curriculum that integrates both real-world field experience and seminars and workshops designed to aid students in their exposure of public health careers. Below are detailed descriptions of program offerings:

  • Field Experience: FPHLP participants will be placed at sites working on improving community health in the Greater Ann Arbor area. For three days a week, participants will work on tasks that contribute to their project such as collect and interpret data, create communication materials, and work on special assignments at community-based organizations (CBOs), governmental health organizations, health systems, or research. The field experience will culminate in the completion of a collection of deliverables generated by the participants.
  • Mentors: Two mentors will be assigned to a cluster of students to provide professional guidance and support as well as help students form professional networks.
  • Workshops and Seminars: FPHLP participants will engage with UM-SPH faculty, community and government health leaders and FPHLP staff in workshops and seminars designed to complement participant’s field placements. Seminars and workshops will focus on specific themes like Professional Development, Public Health Disciplines and Health Inequities.
  • Field Trips: In addition to the field experience and workshops and seminars, FPHLP participants will also be able to learn about public health through field trips to various sites.
  • Group community-based research project: In their clusters, FPHLP participants will conduct community-health assessments that fit the scope of the program. UM-SPH faculty and community and government health leaders will provide guidance and support on the project.
  • Portfolio: At the end of the program, FPHLP participants will have a portfolio showcasing their experiences in public health practice. Participants will also leave the program with the skills to appropriately address the graduate school application process and will be prepared to present at professional conferences.