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. Steven Edland

Dr. Steven Edland

Position(s) Open

Commitment

Fall 2022, Winter 2023, Spring 2023 and/or Summer 2023

Units

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

Contact

Dr. Sheri Thompson sherithompson@ucsd.edu 858-534-3984 – Please send CV/resume and a brief letter of interest.

Description

The Mentorship for Advancing Diversity in Undergraduate Research (MADURA) Program is an R25 Training Grant funded by the National Institute on Aging, housed under the School of Public Health (Prof. Steven D. Edland, principal investigator (PI). Its primary objective is to increase diversity in research on Aging and Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD), through a mentorship program for Latinx/Hispanic and other MSTEM underrepresented students. Goals are to increase student academic retention and success, increase applications to graduate programs in Aging/ADRD related fields, and support entry into clinical and research careers related to Aging and ADRD research or clinical services. The Program serves 25-30 undergraduates and 20-25 faculty mentors per academic year, with students matched and placed in faculty research labs. Students are also provided with weekly group supervision, training and support, as well as multiple professional development activities.

Requirements

  • Minimum 2 consecutive quarter commitment
  • Regular availability to work each Friday from 1:00 – 4:00 PM
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational and self-management skills
  • A high level of professionalism
  • Strong ability to work independently, as well as part of a team
  • A desire to support diversity in aging and Alzheimer’s disease research and clinical careers
  • A desire to improve diversity in MSTEM (Medical, Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) academic majors, post graduate studies and careers
  • Experience working with under-represented communities and/or student groups preferred
  • Interest in Neurosciences, Cognitive Sciences, Psychology, Public Health, Human Biology or Aging/Alzheimer’s Disease research preferred

Student Responsibilities

  • Entering and managing Program data
  • Scheduling meetings and Program events, including researching and scheduling seminars/presentations
  • Creating and/or administering online (Qualtrics) student and faculty surveys
  • Generating reports and visual data representations from Qualtrics and other data sources
  • Assisting with student and mentor recruitment (online, in person and/or generating materials)
  • Assisting with research literature searches
  • Possible set up, entry and maintenance of reference lists for proposals/manuscripts (using End Notes software)
  • REQUIRED:  Attending and providing administrative support for weekly group training meetings (must be available Fridays 1-4 PM). This also provides access to the educational presentations on research in Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease.

Dr. Eric Hekler

Dr. Eric Hekler

Position(s) Open

Commitment

Fall 2022, Winter 2023, and/or Spring 2023

Units

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

Contact

sydneyl@fhcsd.org (email cover letter and resume to apply with “Quality Improvement & Innovation Internship” in subject line)

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.

Dr. Job Godino, Scientific Director and Director of Quality Improvement and Innovation at Family Health Centers of San Diego and Associate Research Scientist in the HWSPH, is leading ongoing agile projects within the Quality Improvement and Innovation department. The Quality Improvement and Innovation department at Family Health Centers of San Diego is focused on improving clinical outcomes for patients via agile improvement projects and innovative care models. This work includes understanding and leveraging the intersection of technical, clinical, and operational processes to drive successful interventions that are patient-centered and quantitatively improve care. Interns will have the opportunity to learn more about this work and contribute to improving clinical outcomes with a focus in three areas: care coordination, clinical informatics, and applied quality improvement. Interns will gain an in-depth understanding of a community health system approach to quality improvement and how quality of care is measured, including the influence of external forces, such as payors and regulatory agencies. Interns will interact directly with patients, staff, and providers and will gain insight into the importance of a multi-disciplinary approach to improving care for patients.

Requirements

  • Current student in BS (juniors and seniors preferred)
  • Availability to commit 6 or 9 hours/week Mon-Fri during the day or early evening
  • Bilingual in English/Spanish preferred

Student Responsibilities

  • Calling patients due for preventive care appointments to understand patient-specific preferences and schedule appointments
  • Contacting patients that need to complete important screenings and engaging with them to facilitate test completion
  • Working with patient files in the EHR to optimize data storage and reporting internal and external to the organization
  • Developing solutions for specified agile projects and working across the organization to operationalize
  • Identifying best practices for improving a specified quality measure and synthesizing findings
  • Assisting with events aimed at improving clinical outcomes for patients, such as mobile mammography
  • Reviewing patient medical records to identify if gaps in care were completed and recording findings

Position(s) Closed

Commitment

Fall 2022, Winter 2023, and/or Spring 2023

Units

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

Contact

sydneyl@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. 

Dr. Job Godino, Scientific Director at Family Health Centers of San Diego and Associate Research Scientist in the HWSPH, is leading the Long COVID and Fatiguing Illness Recovery Program (LC&FIRP), which is a 3-year study funded by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The goal is to improve clinical outcomes and quality of life for patients with Long COVID, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), and other fatiguing illnesses. The LC&FIRP team has a subset of FHCSD Primary Care Providers (PCPs) participating in the study who see new patient referrals into the program on a rolling basis.

As a part of the study team your primary focus will be assisting patients referred to LC&FIRP including outreach for completion of surveys and the scheduling of appointments with their assigned LC&FIRP PCP and Physical Therapy team.

Requirements

  • Current student in BS (juniors and seniors preferred)
  • Ability to contribute a minimum of 12 hours/week
  • Bilingual English/Spanish preferred

Student Responsibilities

  • Communication – Interns will strengthen their communications skills by reaching out to patients to complete surveys over the phone.
  • Data Entry and Management – Interns will gain valuable experience in the entry and management of data for a research study.
  • Technical Experience – Interns will develop an understanding and practical use of an electronic health record system.
  • Logistics – Interns will assist patients in scheduling appointments and broaden their understanding of logistics within a Health Center.

Dr. Britta Larsen

Dr. Britta Larsen

Position(s) Open

Commitment

Fall 2022, Winter 2023, Spring 2023, and/or Summer 2023

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 2021-2022

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 2023 and Spring 2023

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) Open

Commitment

Spring 2023, and/or Summer 2023

Units

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

Contact

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

Description

The DISC Research Intern will support research and evaluation activities for the newly established UC San Diego ACTRI Dissemination and Implementation Science Center (DISC) focusing on dissemination and implementation science across UC San Diego Health Sciences. The DISC intern position will work closely with Kera Swanson, 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 program evaluation activities such as development of DISC surveys and metrics, refinement of DISC tracking and evaluation system, data collection and analysis.

Requirements

  • Interest in dissemination and implementation science, community-based participatory research, psychology, program evaluation, public health, health promotion etc.
  • Demonstration of attention to detail is a must in order to ensure the quality of data collection and analysis
  • Willingness to learn new research and evaluation tools such as REDCap and/or Qualtrics
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Junior or Senior level standing
  • Minimum 2 quarters commitment required with interest and/or openness in continuing through 3-4 quarters
  • Ability to participate in regular Zoom team meetings (Note: weekly intern meetings)

Student Responsibilities

  • Support DISC program evaluation activities such as development of DISC surveys and metrics, data collection and analysis
  • Support development of data visualizations and infographics using Canva, Powerpoint, etc.
  • Conduct review of the D&I literature and identify examples of D&I model use
  • Support implementation science systematic research reviews and literature reviews
  • May conduct program evaluation of community-engaged projects through DISC partner organizations such as the Global Action Research Center (theglobalarc.org)
  • Depending on the project, complete required Institutional Review Board CITI trainings

Position(s) Open

Commitment

Spring 2023, and/or Summer 2023

Units

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

Contact

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

Description

The Mental Health America San Diego (MHASD) Community Health Worker Program Intern will support activities for the newly established partnership with UC San Diego ACTRI Dissemination and Implementation Science Center (DISC), MHASD, and the Community Health Group to provide community health and health prevention services to San Diegans. The MHASD Community Health Worker intern will work closely with Kera Swanson, DISC Manager, and Daphyne Watson, the Executive Director for Mental Health America San Diego. The intern will receive Community Health Worker training and certification, which will be provided by Community Health Group, as they engage in providing services to referred individuals. The MHASD Community Health Worker intern will contact the referred individual and visit them at their home and begin the service plan established by Community Health Group. The MHASD Community Health Worker intern will provide services in 30-minute increments, with maximum frequency of four (30 minutes) units daily.

NOTE: This position also offers a paid opportunity ($15-16 per hour).  Students can't receive both monetary compesation and academic credit for FMPH 198.  If offered the position with the option for monetary compesation or academic credit, student will need to select one option.

Requirements

  • Interest in community health work, such as, outreach, community education, informal counseling, social support, and advocacy etc.
  • Demonstration of attention to detail in order to ensure service plans are being followed correctly
  • Willingness to be trained as a Community Health Worker
  • Residing in San Diego with transportation to community sites
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Junior or Senior level standing
  • Minimum 2 quarters commitment required with interest and/or openness in continuing through 3-4 quarters
  • Ability to participate in regular Zoom team meetings (e.g., weekly intern meetings)

Student Responsibilities

  • Complete Community Health Group’s Community Health Worker training and certification process
  • Conduct in-home visits and provide services to referred individuals according to their individualized service plan created by Community Health Group
  • Support MHASD Community Health Worker Program administrative activities (i.e., scheduling, tracking visits, communicating with Community Health Group regarding service plans etc.)

Dr. Dennis Trinidad

Dr. Dennis Trinidad

Position(s) Closed

Commitment

This opportunity is not available for 2021-2022

Units

1 unit per quarter (3 hours per week)

Contact

TBD

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

This opportunity is not available for 2021-2022

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