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Public Health Experiences Checklist

Submitting an application for a public health experience does not guarantee approval. Applicants will be interviewed and assigned based upon a match of program interest, skills, experience and overall potential. Not all applicants will receive an assignment. Applicants will be contacted by phone or e-mail to schedule an interview.

Applicant must be enrolled as an undergraduate, graduate, medical student, fellow or on medical rotational assignment.

MPHD does not pay a stipend or associated costs for public health experiences. Applicants selected for an assignment will be required to provide a formal written request from a school official outlining the requirements of the university/medical school curriculum before beginning the public health experience.

Applicants who are selected for an assignment will also be required to sign an Intern Agreement and Waiver Release that addresses, among other things, confidentiality of medical records.

MPHD Instructor may request a resume, if additional information is desired.

All public health experiences that exceed 8 hours require a satisfactory background check before the beginning of the assignment. The student (or school) is responsible for the expenses associated with this screening. The screening must include the following:
  • Social Security trace
  • Criminal background check for past 7 years including up to 3 counties
  • Sex offender check
  • Driving record, if the assignment will include driving
Each applicant is required to write a brief statement regarding their expectations of the project.

For additional information please contact Michelle Birdsong at michelle.birdsong@nashville.gov.

PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT PROGRAM DIRECTORS DIRECTLY.