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Correspondence to Roger Rochat (Rrochat@emory.edu)

We would like to thank the RSPH graduate student cohort of 2015 for supporting our efforts to bring them the best information possible about summer field experiences and for taking our 113-question survey.

Our gratitude goes to the 9 previous students who have conducted the SFE survey: Lara Hendy, Sara Wright, Trisha Moslin, Cait Unites, Elizabeth Mueller, Ha Phuong Nguyen, Marc Cunningham, Anita Patel, and Jeff Freeman.

Competing Interests: None declared.


From Albania to Zimbabwe: Surveying 10 Years of Summer Field Experiences at the Rollins School of Public Health.


Journal Title:

Global Health: Science and Practice Journal


Volume 5, Number 3


, Pages 468-475

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The objective of this article is to describe summer field experiences at the Rollins School of Public Health. An online survey was conducted among Master of Public Health students returning from summer field experiences. We used printed reports from 2004-2012 and original survey data from 2010-2013 to perform a trend analysis using correlation analysis and linear regression. We found that our students have worked for more than 300 organizations in 84 countries. The average cost of a summer field experience fluctuated around US$3,500, with students receiving an average of US$2,180 in funding. About 50% of students conducted human subjects research. This survey was used to improve student practical experiences through information sessions for students and feedback to key constituents, including the Emory Institutional Review Board and the Emory Travel Clinic.

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© Howatt Donahoe et al.

This is an Open Access work distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
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