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Graduate Student Epidemiology Program for Agencies

The need for technical assistance is more acute than ever, so the MCHB is increasing its commitment to assisting agencies by supporting state level MCH/CSHCN agencies, city and county MCH departments, and Tribal Epidemiology Centers.

As of 2014, the GSIP has placed over 290 students from 44 Schools of Public Health in over 120 agencies.

GSEP Goals

  • Enhance students' skills in data analysis
  • Encourage training in MCH epidemiology
  • Provide assistance directly to state and local health agencies with data-related projects


  • State-level MCH/CSHCN agencies, city and county MCH departments, Tribal Epidemiology Centers, and other government-based agencies serving the MCH population

Design an Internship Proposal

  • Think about agency needs in the areas of data collection, data analysis, and program evaluation.
  • Make requests identify clearly-defined quantitative and analytic tasks in the suggested areas that will provide a student with substantive professional experience in the MCH epidemiology field
  • Produce a relevant, useful product for the agency
  • Identify a preceptor to work with the student on the proposed project to serve as a mentor and be involved with the internship project, providing direction and contact, working with the student to achieve the stated objective.
  • Assign a faculty advisor to oversee the project and assure its academic value
  • Decide upon a start date. Projects should be conducted during the summer of 2015 (beginning in May, June, or July)

Submit a Proposal

  • Use the easy online application system
  • Create a unique profile
  • Fill out the short form
  • Submit the complete form by the deadline
  • The committee will review all proposals and contact agencies in December

Approved proposals will become project choices for graduate students in early January. Eligible students will be reviewed and offered an opportunity, receiving a stipend of $4,000 to be disbursed over 3 months.

Contact us with questions or to discuss your potential project at 202-842-2000.