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Student Stipends

The OPHTC offers stipends to Hudson College of Public Health graduate students to complete program requirements such as a practicum, internship, dissertation, or other applied experiences. We announce student stipend opportunities annually during the fall semester. 

“Student stipend” refers to the “placement of a student in a public or nonprofit health agency or organization, particularly one serving under-served areas and populations, to work on a discrete public health project. This placement should provide structured opportunities and/or experiences to allow the student to apply acquired knowledge and skills in a public health practice setting. Field experiences are expected to contribute to the mastery of public health competencies, with a focus on balancing the educational and practice needs of the student with the needs of the community. Field experiences should culminate with a deliverable of a poster presentation or scientific report that must include the following sections: abstract, introduction, methodology, findings, conclusions and discussion.” (

Eligibility Criteria: 

  • Must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen U.S. national, or foreign national holding a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States.
  • Must be enrolled in a health profession graduate program (MPH, MSPH, DrPH or PhD program) at a CEPH-accredited school or program of public health.


How to Apply

Available Stipend Projects: 

Please review the projects on our stipend flyer. All application materials are due by September 29th, 2023, at midnight (CST). Incomplete applications will not be accepted.


  • Interested students are invited to submit (1) their resume/CV, and either (2a) a rationale of interest in one of the proposed projects, or (2b) a half-page description of the student’s own proposed project that aligns with behavioral health, mental health, opioid abuse or childhood obesity. To apply or to ask questions, please contact  
  • Applications must be emailed to 
  • Each fall semester, the stipend selection committee – comprised of the OPHTC and its Oklahoma partners – will review and discuss all applications, and will award available stipends based on the completeness, quality, and fit of the application.
  • We will notify successful applicants through an official letter of award.

Forms For Successful Applicants

1. Checklist

2. Student Agreement Form

3. Form A - Student Profile

4. Form B - Objectives

5. Form C - Preceptor Evaluation

6. Form D - Student Evaluation

7. Form E - Completion Form


Field Placement and Faculty-Student Collaborative Guide 

Practicum Handbook


Student Stipend Cohorts

2022-2023 Student Stipend Cohort

  • Desmond W. Delk, PhD, MPH Health Promotion Sciences student, conducted his practicum with Guiding Right, Inc., a community-based public health organization with an aim to help eliminate the spread of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Practicum activities included assisting with program planning and implementation, helping update and create documents, and leading sexual health initiatives at Langston University in collaboration with its peer educator program.
  • Angela M. Helt, MA , PhD Candidate in Health Promotion Sciences, conducted a scoping literature review to explore current strategies for collaborating with and incorporating doulas into maternity care teams. 
  • Brittany L. Hudson, MPH , PhD Candidate in Health Promotion Sciences, conducted a scoping literature review to identify and assess the status of mental health and available services in Oklahoma’s rural Black Communities in addition to the barriers and facilitators to the use of those services.

2021-2022 Student Stipend Cohort

  • McKenzie CowlbeckMPH-MHA student, operated LegisOK software including tracking legislation, setting action alerts, and disseminating updates on the legislation of interest to create summaries of legislative action. 

  • Emily Eischen-Martin, MPH Epidemiology student, developed a COVID-19 related needs assessment project for the IHS service units.  This will be used to assess the providers' needs to better serve the patients, as well as evaluate patients' attitudes and beliefs about vaccination. 
  • Tavis Phan, PhD student in Health Promotion Sciences, used a mixed-methods research design to gain an understanding of the perspectives of Vietnamese-Americans in urban Oklahoma in relation to health beliefs, nutritional health behaviors, and cultural experiences pertaining to Type 2 diabetes mitigation, education, and control.
  • Matthew Reeves, MHA student, used social marketing strategies for engaging Oklahoma public health workers to engage them into various programs and opportunities.
  • Adam Warren, MPH Epidemiology student, reviewed the previous CHW COVID-19 Impact Survey via a virtual town hall to disentangle what was learned and what can be improved on for the forthcoming updated CHW survey.

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Student Stories of Impact