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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

Stipend Announcements

The announcement for the 2020-2021 student stipend opportunities will be made by the 31st of August, 2020. The stipend announcement (including submission deadline) is available here.


  • Interested students are invited to submit (1) their resume/CV, and either (2a) a rationale of interest in one of the OPHTC’s 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 our staff
  • Applications will be accepted throughout September and October each year.
  • Each November, 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 by the end of November.

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

2019-2020 Student Stipend Cohort

  • Terrance Todome, MPH student in Health Promotion Sciences, will be working with the Southern Plains Tribal Health Board to conduct community surveys focused on prescription drugs and behavioral health. 

  • Amanda Llaneza, doctoral student in Biostatistics & Epidemiology, will be working with the Southern Plains Tribal Health Board to analyze data on oral health and youth diabetes outcomes.

  • Caleb Alexander, MPH student in Epidemiology, will conduct a GAP analysis for Dr. Thomas A. Teasdale’s Step Up For Dementia Care. 
  • Tatiana Elonge, MPH student in Health Promotion Sciences, will collaborate with the Wellness Now Community Health Worker (CHW) Work Group to conduct a needs and assets assessment focused on social determinants of health in northeast Oklahoma City. 
  • Kelly Nguyen, Interdisciplinary MPH student, will collaborate with the Wellness Now CHW Work Group to conduct a needs and assets assessment in south Oklahoma City.
  • Atul Abraham Muttenchery will be working with OPHA to create member engagement and recruitment resources to increase membership and holistic public health approaches in Oklahoma. He will also assist the OPHA executive board with conference planning by creating surveys and evaluations for the conference in September.


Find a summary description of the 2019-2020 cohort celebration in the R6 SCPHTC September 2020 Newsletter.

Highlighted Student Success Stories

  • The experiences that I have gained through the project coordinated with the OPHTC and R6PHTC stipend opportunity will be invaluable to my future career as a physician. Learning to work with a team and developing a project to benefit a community will be skills that will allow me to better serve my future patients and the community in which I work and live in the future.
  • My time with the Oklahoma Public Health Association (OPHA) has allowed me to interact with various public health professionals who work in organizations such as the Oklahoma Hospital Association, Oklahoma State Department of Health, Oklahoma Healthcare Authority, OKC-County Health Department, Tulsa Health Department, and The Well of Cleveland County in Norman. I have utilized my past consulting experiences working with the Oklahoma State Department of Health and Ronnie K. Irani Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth to target new and existing markets of public health professionals, and to increase participation in OPHA’s activities and initiatives to improve public health outcomes for the state.
  • This internship allowed me the opportunity to apply epidemiological methods to real-life public health matters pertaining to tribal public health needs. As a research assistant, I was able to work on projects that were related to my research interests and interests of the Southern Plains Tribal Health Board for internal and external use. The skills I have further developed from this experience include data analysis, and communicating scientific information.

Video Link To Students' Stories of Impacts

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