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Student Projects

NWPHTC supports a variety of graduate student projects in Washington, Alaska, Idaho, and Oregon.

field placements

NWPHTC supports a variety of graduate student projects in Washington, Alaska, Idaho, and Oregon. For more information, contact Gita Krishnaswamy.

Student Projects

NWPHTC provides stipends to support graduate public health students in completing practice-based projects in health organizations around the region. These projects fall into two categories—collaborative projects and field placements.

Project Types

Collaborative Projects: Must involve a faculty member and graduate student working in close collaboration to enhance public health services to medically underserved communities. Collaborative projects should be developed with tribal, local, state, and regional public health agencies and/or boards of health to enhance the quality of public health services being provided by public health personnel, especially for underserved areas and populations. Examples include conducting research or assisting with community intervention projects.

Field Placements: Must establish or strengthen the placement of graduate students in public or nonprofit private health agencies or organizations, particularly those serving underserved areas and populations. Field placements provide public health graduate students with experience and exposure to public health agencies and organizations such as city, county, and state health departments and nonprofit private health organizations with a special focus on underserved areas and populations.

Examples of field placement and collaborative projects


Procedures and Deadlines

NWPHTC is now accepting student proposals for the 2017–18 academic year. Preference will be given to students who apply the first two weeks of each quarter. Students will be funded in the quarter that they complete the bulk of their work. Approximately 20 proposals will be funded up to $1,500 each.

To Apply

Compile your application packet with the following (you should have all pieces ready before completing your application form):

  • A completed application form
  • 1–2 page résumé or CV
  • A project plan including methods, timeline of tasks, and deliverables
  • A budget including summary, key personnel, and other necessary resources

To request sample project plans and budgets, or to learn more, contact Gita Krishnaswamy at krishna2@uw.edu. Proposals will be evaluated based on public health practice focus, attention to underserved areas and populations, and feasibility.


NWPHTC is housed within the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice at the University of Washington School of Public Health. It is one of ten regional Public Health Training Centers funded by the Health Services and Resources Administration.