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 to the MPH program early (January or February) for fullest consideration. Students are automatically considered for Department assistantships, if available, upon being accepted into the program. 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 year. 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…
Laurin Brown is a 1st year MPH student. She is a graduate assistance in the Department of Public Health Sciences with Dr. Carolina Campos.
- What do your responsibilities include? My responsibilities include grading and keeping attendance as well as other assignments Dr. Campos needs done concerning her class.
- Why do you enjoy having an assistanship? I enjoy my position because it allows me to begin networking with those that are in my department and gain useful knowledge of my field that can be used in the future.
Lindsey Bryie is a 2nd year MPH student working as a teaching assistant in the Department of Public Health for HLTH 3101 Foundations of Public Health.
- What do your responsibilities include? I primarily am responsible for grading assignments and exams. I also hold office hours to answer student questions.
- Why do you enjoy having an assistanship? It has been nice working for a professor that is a graduate of the MPH program (Dr. Pilar Zuber). It has been a good opportunity to interact with faculty on a higher level than just a student-teacher relationship. In addition, working with undergraduates has helped me to grow as a MPH student.
- What do your responsibilities include? I provide feedback to students via grading and editing of documents. I assist in the administering of quizzes and tests. I also, am another resource for undergraduate students who have questions about the course.
- Why do you enjoy having an assistantship? I enjoy this position because I am able to build a sound relationship with faculty members. I am also able to work with and develop relationships with students who are interested in the health field.
Victoria Jercich is a 2nd 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.
Gabrielle Purick is a 2nd 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!
Ryan Siebens is a 1st year MPH student. He is a graduate assistant in the Department of Public Health Sciences with Dr. Rajib Paul.
- What do your responsibilities include? I assist with data analysis and other miscellaneous tasks given to me by my supervisor.
- Why do you enjoy having an assistanship? I enjoy my position because it allows me to acquire skills I might not get in class and build a relationship with a faculty member.
Robert Talam is a 2nd 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 assistanship? The position greatly helps with getting along with daily living expenses and also the kind of experience you get helps to build you as a person in terms of organization, public speaking, etc.