Hannah Slater, an MPH student in the Department of Health Policy and Management, interned with the LGBT Progress team at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC. Her policy research and writing included various LGBT health topics, such as sex education, cultural competency and data collection. She continues to work on this topic for her policy practicum developing LGBT-specific education and outreach about health insurance and the Affordable Care Act for Planned Parenthood.
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.
Practice is a critical part of the educational experience and is the principal way that students apply classroom knowledge to genuine public health issues during their course of study. It also opens the door to careers within the various MPH specialty areas of environmental health, biostatistics, health management and policy, social and behavioral health, global health, and microbial or chronic disease epidemiology.