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Graduate Student Epidemiology Program (Formerly the Graduate Student Internship Program)

Agency Proposals Open October 10 to November 21, 2014

MCHB sponsors the Graduate Student Epidemiology Program (GSEP) to enhance students' skills in data analysis, promote training in MCH epidemiology, and to provide assistance to state and local health agencies with data-related projects. This program provides graduate students with the opportunity to address specific, defined data or analytic issues to assist state and local health agencies in developing their MCH/Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) information systems.

The GSEP offers 12-week projects in state or local health departments. Student interns are paid a stipend of $4,000 for the summer, and will be required to submit a final report at the conclusion of their projects.

Projects are focused in these three critical areas of: Data Analysis and Monitoring, Needs Assessment, and Program Evaluation.

  • Data Analysis and Monitoring. Monitoring of diseases, injuries, and health conditions for their frequency, risk factors, consequences, and health service requirements, and analysis of epidemiological data sets are some of the projects included in this area. Example: Analyzed State PRAMS data to produce and disseminate a stakeholder-driven fact sheet and issue brief on adverse childhood experiences.
  • Needs Assessment. Projects in this area include the systematic analysis, assessment, and projection of health needs and resources in a given population or community. Example: Conducted a needs assessment on women of child bearing ages to assess their overall health needs, risk factors, and barriers to care.
  • Program Evaluation. This area includes the monitoring, collection, and analysis of data to determine the effectiveness or outcomes of a particular program or project. Example: Conducted an evaluation to document the effectiveness of the State’s early childhood system.