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 2nd year MPH student. She is a graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Public Health Sciences for Dr. Racine.
What do your responsibilities include? My responsibilities include grading and keeping attendance as well as performing other tasks needed for Dr. Racine's Global Public Health course.
- Why do you enjoy having an assistantship? 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.
Prince Bonsu is a 2nd year MPH student. He is a graduate assistant in the Department of Public Health Sciences for Dr. Racine.
- What do your responsibilities include? I currently work on the evaluation of an integrated behavioral health training grant, a childhood obesity prevention grant, and a quality improvement project at Atrium (healthcare organization). My responsibilities include planning project logistics, collecting quantitative and qualitative data, data analysis, and creating evaluation and grant reports.
- Why do you enjoy having an assistantship? I enjoy my graduate assistantship because of the public health experience and skills that I am gaining from it. Dr. Racine has exposed me to public health practice outside of the classroom and she has provided me opportunities to put the knowledge that I have gained in class into actual practice. Dr. Racine has taken the time to teach me more about research and having the opportunity to learn from her has been a great experience for me.
- What do your responsibilities include? My responsibilities include grading assignments, meeting with students during office hours to answer any questions that they may have, and providing assistance to Dr. Zuber and Miss Beete with other tasks related to their courses.
- Why do you enjoy having an assistantship? I enjoy having a graduate assistantship because it allows me to build relationships with faculty members within the department, help students to develop a deeper understanding of public health, and gain new skills that will be of benefit to me within the field of public health.
- What do your responsibilities include? I am primarily responsible for grading, leading discussions and helping to monitor class meetings on large lecture days.
- Why do you enjoy having an assistantship? I enjoy interacting with students and helping them. I have always been interested in teaching one day, so TA-ing is definitely giving me an insight into what that may be like in the future.
Julia Stullken is a 1st year MPH student. She is a graduate assistant for Dr. Jan Warren-Findlow in the Department of Public Health Sciences
- What do your responsibilities include? My responsibilities include creating and distributing recruiting material, writing program newsletters, acting as secretary for program committee meetings and other tasks as assigned by Dr. Jan.
- Why do you enjoy having an assistantship? I enjoy having an assistantship because it gives me the opportunity to get to know the professors and students in our department really well. Having an assistantship also makes graduate school a lot more affordable.
Elizabeth Novak is a 2nd year MPH student working as a graduate assistant in the Center for Wellness Promotion on Campus.
- What do your responsibilities include? My responsibilities surround educating the campus on domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Our office provides this education through the creation and distribution of passive print and media materials, presentations and workshops, tabling, and large scale events such as Take Back the Night.
- Why do you enjoy having an assistantship? I enjoy having a graduate assistantship because it gives me the opportunity to work and earn money in an atmosphere that allows me to put my role as a student first. One of my favorite things about my role at the Center for Wellness Promotion is being able to present our program "Interpersonal Violence 101" to freshman seminar classes and other classes and organizations that request this educational experience!
Lance Rhyne is a 2nd year student in both the MPH and MS Health Informatics and Analytics programs. He is a graduate assistant in the University Center for Academic Excellence.
- What do your responsibilities include? My roles and responsibilities are scheduling, marketing on campus, and data analysis to provide the necessary tutoring to the campus population.
- Why do you enjoy having an assistantship? I enjoy having this position because it affords me on the job training in data analysis and the role data plays in decision making. I enjoy getting to market our services on campus at campus events such as convocation, and reading day. Lastly, I enjoy alleviating some of the financial strain that graduate school presents.