Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships pay students a stipend to work up to 20 hours within the University setting. Tasks can range from administrative office work to grading class assignments to teaching a class to analyzing data. The tasks, stipend amount, and number of hours may vary. 

Applicants interested in graduate assistantships should apply early (January or February) for fullest consideration. Open assistantships within the Department of Public Health Sciences are typically decided upon in April. 
Additional assistantships are frequently made available in August-October and throughout the semester. There are also assistantships offered through other departments within the college and across campus. You can find open graduate assistantships and learn more about holding a position here. 


Meet some current MPH students who hold different positions in the Department of Public Health Science and around the university…

Alexandra Alcorn is a 1st year MPH Student who holds two different assistantships.  

 She works as a teaching assistant in the Department of Public Health Sciences for Dr. Elizabeth Racine.  

  • What do your responsibilities include? I grade quizzes and papers for students taking Global Health. Other duties include writing quiz questions and proctoring quizzes. 
  • Why do you enjoy having an assistanship? I enjoy this position because I have the opportunity to learn as I am grading the students’ work. While grading papers, I get to learn about interesting topics that the students have chosen to write about.

She also works as a research assistant in the School of Nursing for Dr. Jan Warren-Findlow and Dr. Maren Coffman

  • What do your responsibilities include? I recruit participants for Dr. Warren-Findlow and Dr. Coffman's study on health literacy and hypertension management. I will also be delivering the intervention, which is a 2-hour class with the goal of improving health literacy and hypertension management through medication adherence.
  • Why do you enjoy having an assistanship? I enjoy this position because I have the opportunity to work within the Charlotte community in a very hands-on way.

Lindsey Bryie is a 1st year MPH student working as a graduate assistant in the Department of Public Health under Dr. Pilar Zuber

  • What do your responsibilities include? I compile research into spread sheets; research on different majors/minors at UNCC, different public health related programs in NC, different public health minor programs across the US, BSPH graduates of UNCC, intro the public health undergraduate enrollments 

  • Why do you enjoy having an assistanship? It has been nice working for a professor that is a graduate of the MPH program. It has been a good opportunity to interact with faculty on a higher level than just a student-teacher relationship


Bhaktiben Dave is a 2nd year MPH Student. She is a graduate assistant in the Department of Public Health Sciences with Dr. Jessamyn Bowling

  • What do your responsibilities include? I help mainly with her qualitative research, including literature reviews, interviewing participants, transcribing interviews, helping with other paperwork needed to complete the preliminary research process. 
  • Why do you enjoy having an assistanship? I enjoy having this position because it has given me the opportunity to have experience working first hand on a research project that will be published. I have learned so much about the different topics Dr. Bowling covers, and I am excited to help her with the second phase with interviews and transcription. This is an exceptional experience to help with qualitative research, since my background has been mostly in quantitative research. Dr. Bowling is very knowledgeable and incredibly helpful with giving me exposure to different facets of the research process.

Victoria Jercich is a 1st year MPH Student. She is graduate assistant in Department of Public Health Sciences with Dr. Jan Warren-Findlow.

  • What do your responsibilities include? I update the MPH website (i.e. Internship Profiles page), assist with program marketing (newsletter, open house), and other miscellaneous assignments involving the MPH program. 
  • Why do you enjoy having an assistanship? I enjoy this position because I am able to build a relationship with a faculty member. Additionally, through my assignments I get to know people in the MPH program (students and faculty) better, which is a helpful perk because I am in my first year.

Gabrielle Purick is a 1st year MPH student who is a Residential Graduate Assistant for Housing and Residence Life.   

  • What do your responsibilities include? I supervise Resident Advisors, serve as on-call member for campus for several weekdays and weekends throughout the semester, serve as adviser for Hall Council, monitor student development, and ultimately ensure that the Residence Hall is a safe, healthy, and respectful environment for all residents.

  •  Why do you enjoy having an assistanship? This position is great for being involved directly in a community. The staff and community support is tangible and this position offers a great way to impact the lives of students on campus. You will learn valuable team development skills, conflict resolution strategies, and supervisory experience. Also... free housing!

Click here to learn more about assistantships in Housing and Residence Life.  


Robert Talam is a 1st year MPH student who works as a teaching assistant in the Department of Public Health Sciences for Dr. Pilar Zuber.

  • What do your responsibilities include? I grade assignments, teach, and work on special projects.
  • Why do you enjoy having an assistanshipThe position greatly helps with getting along with daily living expenses and also the kind of experience you get helps build you as a person in terms of organization, public speaking, etc.  

Farida N. Yada is a 2nd Year MPH student working as a teaching assistant in the College of Health and Human Services for Dr. Pilar Zuber.

  • What do your responsibilities include? Teach Small Discussion groups twice a week for an undergraduate course LBST 2214: Health Issues and Quality of Life and grading.
  • Why do you enjoy having an assistanshipI enjoy the experience of interacting with undergraduate students to discuss health issues. Doing this assistantship has also greatly improved my public speaking skills which is a skill I will need in my public health career.