Experiential (FMPH 198)

Learn more about research currently being conducted in the Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science and Department of Family Medicine and Public Health.

Instructions to Students

The university now uses the Enrollment Authorization System to enroll students into Special Studies Courses. Students interested in enrolling in FMPH 198s must submit a preauthorization request via Enrollment Authorization System (EASy) within the request to enroll in FMPH 198. NOTE: FPM 198 course requests will be DENIED, please make sure to select FMPH 198 when filling out the online EASy form.

FMPH 198 applications must be submitted through the Enrollment Authorization System (EASy) before the end of week one (1) of the quarter you intend to participate. The deadline for Summer Session 198 applications is typically 2 weeks before the start of the first Summer Session. You are encouraged to discuss your interest with faculty the quarter prior to participation in FMPH 198. If you are doing a two quarter commitment, you MUST submit a preauthorization request via Enrollment Authorization System (EASy) for enrollment every quarter. In addition, all students participating in a FMPH 198 will be required to complete an online safety and research ethics training.

Note: Please keep in mind that no more than 8 units between AIP 197, FMPH 195, and FMPH 198 may be used to meet UD major requirements.

FMPH 198 Supplemental Form to assist with EASy Enrollment System

For any and all research coursework, students are expected to work a minimum of 3 hours per week per unit of credit.

Fall/Winter/Spring/10 Week Summer:

  • 1 unit (3 hours per week/30 total hours for the quarter)
  • 2 units (6 hours per week/60 total hours for the quarter)
  • 3 units (9 hours per week/90 total hours for the quarter)
  • 4 units (12 hours per week/120 total hours for the quarter)

5 Week Summer:

  • 1 unit (6 hours per week/30 total hours for 5 weeks)
  • 2 units (12 hours per week/60 total hours for 5 weeks)
  • 3 units (18 hours per week/90 total hours for 5 weeks)
  • 4 units (24 hours per week/120 total hours for 5 weeks)

FMPH 198 Opportunities

FMPH 198 opportunities are listed in alphabetical order by faculty's last name. Questions regarding postings should be addressed to the individual contacts.

Dr. Job Godino

Dr. Job Godino

Position(s) Open

Commitment

Fall 2020, Winter 2021, and/or Spring 2021

Units

2 or 3 units per quarter (6 or 9 hours per week)

Contact

aaront@fhcsd.org (email cover letter and resume to apply)

Description

Family Health Centers of San Diego is the largest provider of health care to the uninsured in Southern California. It is one of the 10 largest community clinic organizations in the country, and it offers services in adult and pediatric medicine, pediatric development services, dental care, counseling and mental health services, LGBT health, physical therapy and chiropractic care, HIV, HBV, HCV prevention, screening and treatment services, vision care, women’s health.

Family Health Centers of San Diego is running a research study to determine the effectiveness of using a simplified HCV algorithm coupled with integrated care for PWID, delivered in a mobile medical clinic, to increase the number of patients who initiate treatment compared to a concurrent control group receiving usual care. The study will be conducted in a mobile medical clinic that operates next to FHCSD’s Clean Syringe Exchange Program (CSEP) which operates on Tuesday and Thursday nights in downtown San Diego. Interns will be helping with the functions of the research study including recruiting, consenting, and managing study participants. It is possible for an intern to become a study leader for each night’s service if the intern is familiar enough with the processes.          

Essential functions of the internship include, but are not limited to, education and training curriculum; recruiting, consenting, and managing study participants.

Requirements

  • Undergraduate junior or senior student pursuing a degree related to Public Health (senior undergraduate students preferred)
  • Proficient in verbal and written communication
  • Experience/openness to working with homeless individuals or people who inject substances
    • Research training and harm reduction training will be provided to all interns

Student Responsibilities

  • Consent potential study participants about the study
  • Recruit potential study participants from the CSEP program
  • Organize functions of the study including managing lines and crowds at CSEP
  • Welcomes potential participants to the study
  • Look up participants in FHCSD’s EHR system

Dr. Eric Hekler

Dr. Eric Hekler

Position(s) Open

Commitment

Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021, or Summer 2021

Units

2, 3, or 4 units per quarter (6, 9, or 12 hours per week)

Contact

majankowska@ucsd.edu

Description

Join our research team as we research topics related to physical activity, nutrition, and the built environment using either body-worn sensor data or Geographic Information System (GIS) data. Students will work with either FrontRow image data, accelerometer data, or GIS data. The FrontRow is a wearable camera that allows researchers to experience a first person point-of-view of a user’s daily life. Analyzing the data collected by this innovative device is a new and exciting way to examine relationships between health, physical activity, nutrition and the environment. Accelerometer data is collected using a device worn on either the hip or wrist, and measures movement of a participant in 3 planes of motion. These devices help us to see how much and what type of movement a person is engaging in. GIS data are layers of environmental data such as parks, food outlets, or public transportation infrastructure. This data helps us understand how people relate and interact with their environments for health-related activities such as purchasing fast food or going for a run.

* Potential to convert to a paid internship after enrolling in two quarters of FMPH 198.

NOTE: Students can't receive academic credit and pay for the same hours worked.  If a paid opportunity is offered, students must select to either enroll in FMPH 198 or accept the paid internship.

Requirements

  • 2 quarter minimum commitment, longer internships available
  • Detail oriented, organized, and excellent time management skills
  • PC proficiency
  • GIS skills a plus but not required

Student Responsibilities

In this internship, students may engage in a variety of tasks including generating accelerometer files and quality control checking them, reviewing images captured by the FrontRow camera to “tag” specific activities and behaviors that may be related to health, or working with GIS data layers to clean and organize them for further analysis. 

Dr. Britta Larsen

Dr. Britta Larsen

Position(s) Open

Commitment

Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021, and/or Summer 2021

Units

3 or 4 units per quarter (9 or 12 hours per week)

Contact

edgreenstadt@ucsd.edu (email cover letter and resume to apply)

Description

We are conducting a randomized trial of a physical activity intervention for adolescent girls. Student assistants are needed to help design intervention materials for social media, recruit participants, conduct study visits, and enter data. This is a great opportunity for students interested in health promotion and health behavior.

Requirements

  • Interest in health behavior and disease prevention/management
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • At least a 2-quarter commitment
  • Own transportation/ability to travel off site
  • Fluent in Spanish preferred

Student Responsibilities

  • Screening and scheduling participant visits
  • Conducting orientation sessions
  • Creating intervention materials
  • Entering and cleaning participant data
  • Attending community events and forging community partnerships
  • Publicizing and recruiting for studies

Dr. Becky Marquez

Dr. Becky Marquez

Position(s) Closed

Commitment

Opportunity will not be offered in 2020-2021

Units

2 units per quarter (6 hours per week)

Contact

bemarquez@health.ucsd.edu

Description

The Preuss School site focuses on health promotion programs for Preuss students and their families. Preuss students come from low-income families and strive to be the first in their family to obtain a college degree. BSPH students will gain experience and skills in collaborative planning, health promotion communication, and intervention development, implementation, and evaluation. 

Winter 2020 FMPH 198 Opportunity Flyer

Requirements

  • Have successfully completed FMPH 40
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
    Be available Fridays from 9am - 11am
  • Participate in an interview with Dr. Marquez November 15th - November 19th
  • Submit the Application for Preuss School UCSD - FMPH 198, along with e-mailing your resume or curriculum vitae to the Public Health Office (publichealth@health.ucsd.edu), by Tuesday November 5th, 2019 by 11:59pm

Dr. Jesse Nodora

Dr. Jesse Nodora

Position(s) Closed

Commitment

TBD

Units

TBD

Contact

kmoyano@ucsd.edu - Community Outreach and Engagement Coordinator

jnodora@health.ucsd.edu - Principal Investigator

Description

TBD

Requirements

  • 2 quarters minimum commitment
  • Minimum 9 hours per week
  • Interest in community health research and practice
  • Strong writing and analytic skills
  • Internet and Journal search capabilities and use of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel and PowerPoint)
  • Willing to work in an on-campus or off-campus environmentInterview required before acceptance
  • Interview required before acceptance 

Student Responsibilities

  • Assist with identification and summary of existing community-academic partnership information, programs, and resources.
  • Assist with verification of community-academic partnership priorities for select regional public health practitioners.
  • Assist with verification of community-academic partnership priorities for select UCSD faculty and staff.

Dr. Michael Pratt

Dr. Michael Pratt

Position(s) Closed

Commitment

Winter 2021 and Spring 2021

Units

3 or 4 units per quarter (9 or 12 hours per week)

Contact

Dr. Sheri Thompson sherithompson@ucsd.edu 858-534-3984 – Please send CV if interested

Description

Students will be working with the UC San Diego Institute for Public Health (IPH).  The IPH supports student involvement in Public Health research, education and clinical practice.  Student will assist with research, planning, promotion, preparation and implementation of a variety of public health-related events and seminars for faculty, students, researchers, affiliates, and the general public.  Students will also assist with content development and maintenance of the Institute for Public Health website and social media channels, with development of event promotional materials, and may help with direct outreach efforts on Campus and in the community. Students will be actively engaged in the planning meetings and preparation for the annual Public Health Research Day, to take place on May 16th, 2020.

In addition to gaining experience in planning and promoting public health events, the position offers exposure to UC San Diego and external public health faculty, researchers and scholars.  To the extent that the student’s schedule allows, IPH 198 students are also welcomed to attend seminars by a wide range of public health experts.

Requirements

  • 2 consecutive quarter minimum commitment
  • Regular availability to work 10:00-2:00 on either Tuesdays or Wednesdays
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational and self-management skill
  • A high level of professionalism
  • Strong ability work independently, as well as part of a team
  • A desire to promote public health goals within the campus environment and in the outside community
  • Public Health majors preferred, but students from other public health-related programs/majors will be considered

Student Responsibilities

  • Assisting with planning and implementation of university and community outreach and educational programs
  • Development of promotional materials/flyers
  • Attending and supporting IPH administrative staff and faculty with IPH Working Group activities (Climate Change, Lifestyle and Technology focus areas), as schedule allows
  • Assisting with needs analyses and market research
  • Working on the maintenance and/or expansion of UCSD and external IPH partnerships

Dr. Borsika Rabin

Dr. Borsika Rabin

Position(s) Closed

Commitment

Fall 2020 and Winter 2021

Units

3 or 4 units per quarter (9 or 12 hours per week)

Contact

Clare Viglione, DISC Manager, cviglione@health.ucsd.edu (Must send a resume and one-page cover letter summarizing why you are qualified for this position)

Description

The DISC Media Intern will support media and marketing initiatives for the newly established UC San Diego Dissemination and Implementation Science Center (DISC) focusing on dissemination and implementation science across UC San Diego Health Sciences. The DISC Media Intern will work closely with Clare Viglione, DISC Manager, and Dr. Borsika Rabin, Co-Director of the DISC, and other members of the Executive Team (Drs. Nicole Stadnick, Gregory Aarons, Lauren Brookman-Frazee) to support DISC-related marketing activities such as development of DISC Mailchimp newsletters, press releases, social media postings, website content, and interactive/educational D&I science content and video trainings.

Requirements

  • Minimum GPA of 3.5
  • Junior or Senior level student
  • 2 quarters commitment required
  • Openness to continue through 3-4 quarters
  • Interest in dissemination and implementation science, psychology, public health, health promotion, community health sciences, etc.
  • Preferred skills: attention to detail and creative writing skills
  • Willingness to learn new marketing tools and platforms such as Canva, Mailchimp, Sharepoint, etc.
  • Ability to participate in regular Zoom team meetings

Student Responsibilities

  • Participate in meetings about DISC marketing and media strategy
  • Assist with development of newsletters, press releases, social media postings, website content, and interactive/educational D&I science content and video training

Dr. Dennis Trinidad

Dr. Dennis Trinidad

Position(s) Open

Commitment

Winter 2021 and Spring 2021

Units

1 unit per quarter (3 hours per week)

Contact

Jessica Kongthong jkongthong@ucsd.edu

Description

This course is designed for students who are interested in pursuing medicine and becoming physicians. Learn what it takes to prepare for medical school as well as what it takes to be a competitive applicant. We’ll cover everything from academic requirements, timeline and MCAT to obtaining relevant experiences (i.e. healthcare, service, leadership, and research), letters of evaluation, the 15 core competencies and more!  Plus we’ll have a medical student panel, UCSD Health internship presentation, a suture clinic, and other insightful guest speakers!

Academic Level Eligibility

If you entered UCSD as a Freshman Student: Students in their 1st, 2nd, and 3rd years at UCSD are eligible and welcome to apply.  Students in their 4th year and beyond at UCSD are not eligible. 

If you entered UCSD as a Transfer Student: Students in their 1st year at UCSD are eligible and welcome to apply.  Students in their 2nd year and beyond at UCSD are not eligible.

Requirements

  • Have met the academic level eligibility listed above
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Be available to meet remotely Wednesdays from 2-3:20pm (this course is not asynchronous)
  • Submit an Enrollment Authorization System (EASy) request and attach the FMPH 198: Medical School Prep 101 Application
    • Winter 2021: Monday, November 30th, 2021 by 11:59pm for priority consideration
    • Spring 2021: Monday, February 22nd, 2021 by 11:59pm for priority consideration
      • Early submissions are encouraged!

Student Responsibilities

  • Attend all course lectures
  • Engage and participate in all course lectures
  • Complete all course assignments on time

Dr. Lesley Wilkinson

Dr. Lesley Wilkinson

Position(s) Closed

Commitment

Applications TBD, unsure if opening up opportunity for 2020-2021

Units

1-4 units per quarter (3-12 hours per week)

Contact

Senior Scribe, TBA

lwilkinson@ucsd.edu

Requirements

  • Fill out the UCSD Scribe Questionnaire by Sunday, June 10th at 11:59pm
  • Must own a laptop with wireless internet connection ability
  • Fluent in English
  • Excellent typing skills (Test your skills at TYPINGTEST.COM, you will be required to submit your WPM)
  • Sophomore, Junior, or Senior standing
  • 3.6 UC GPA
  • 4 quarter committment
  • Interview required before acceptance

Student Responsibilities

  • Commitment to scribing
  • Interest and willingness to become an excellent scribe via training and self-improvement
  • Willingness to commit to 4 quarters