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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 2021-2022 student stipend opportunities will be made by November 30, 2021. 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 the Graduate Research Assistant at
  • 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 December.

Forms For Successful Applicants

  1. Checklist
  2. Student Agreement Form
  3. Form A - Student Profile
  4. Form B - Objectives
  5. Form C - Preceptor
  6. Form D - Student Evaluation
  7. Form E - Completion Form

Field Placement and Faculty-Student Collaborative Guide 

Practicum Handbook

Student Stipend Cohorts

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.

2020 - 2021 Student Stipend Cohort

  • Amber Anderson, PhD candidate in Health Promotion Sciences, conducted a scoping literature review describing the current role of Indigenous cancer patient navigators and cultural/spiritual support services in healthcare systems.
  • Andrew Schaff, MPH Epidemiology student, worked with the Oklahoma State Department of Health. He utilized his GIS skills to investigate the distribution of COVID-19 cases across Oklahoma and produce maps to visualize current and predicted future spread.
  • Flor De La Garza, PhD student in Health Promotion Sciences, collaborated with the Oklahoma Dementia Care Network to evaluate the use of iPads in nursing homes for virtual family visits and as potential “post-COVID” education model.
  • Garrett Pierce, MHA Health Administration and Policy student, worked with the Public Health Policy Board of the Oklahoma Public Health Association (OPHA) to assess and evaluate policy that aligns with OPHA’s policy agenda, such as obesity, opioids, and Medicaid expansion.
  • Spencer Hall, MPH Biostatistics student, worked with the Oklahoma City County Health Department alongside Dr. Aaron Wendelboe (faculty at the Hudson College of Public Health) to develop target metrics to act as “control” for Oklahoma COVID-19 statistics.
  • Joshua Moore, MPH Epidemiology student, worked with the Southern Plains Tribal Health Board to evaluate the effects of rural/urban location on the association between diabetes and obesity among Native Americans hospitalized in Kansas between 2011 and 2016.
  • Birjis Khan, MHA student in Health Administration and Policy, helped with the preparation and completion of a Hazard Communication Protocol that provided preparedness training and emergency response guidance to a tribe in central Oklahoma.
  • Heather Scott, MHA student in Health Administration and Policy, assisted OPHA with planning the annual conference, developing marketing materials for social media and newsletters, and engaging in outreach to OPHA members and conference sponsors.



2019-2020 Student Stipend Cohort

  • Terrance Todome, MPH student in Health Promotion Sciences, worked 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, worked with the Southern Plains Tribal Health Board to analyze data on oral health and youth diabetes outcomes.
  • Caleb Alexander, MPH student in Epidemiology, conducted a GAP analysis for Dr. Thomas A. Teasdale’s Step Up For Dementia Care. 
  • Tatiana Elonge, MPH student in Health Promotion Sciences, collaborated 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, collaborated with the Wellness Now CHW Work Group to conduct a needs and assets assessment focused on social determinants of health in south Oklahoma City.
  • Atul Abraham Muttenchery worked with OPHA to create member engagement and recruitment resources to increase membership and holistic public health approaches in Oklahoma. He also assisted the OPHA executive board with conference planning by creating surveys and evaluations for the annual conference.


 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.

Student Stories of Impact