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Dr. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, MPH '05
Professor of Epidemiology, University of Washington

Real World Application of Public Health Skills and Training

When you enroll at the Yale School of Public Health, you'll hear a lot about the internship and applied practice experience practicum requirements. These immersive experiences are carefully planned, supported and evaluated by our practice and career management staff. Both experiences provide robust opportunities for the real-world application of public health knowledge and skills and support your career goals. Many students report inspiring, life changing experiences from their time around the world and in local settings. Your internship may fulfill the applied practice experience requirement, but if not, there are multiple practicum courses from which you can choose that will provide the hands-on public health practice training required for your MPH degree.

Student Research

Contributing to science is important to many of our students and opportunities for research abound at Yale. Many students use their summer internship to do research that culminates in the MPH thesis required by this department. Others work with faculty labs and research teams to access data and formulate their analysis. In addition many students work as research assistants at the Yale School of Public Health, Yale School of Medicine, Yale New Haven Hospital or the VA on faculty research, culminating in peer review publications.

Applied Practice Experience and the Internship

Sample practicum projects

  • Develop training modules for domestic violence agencies about PrEP while conducting data collection pre- and post-training sessions to understand the efficacy of the modules for The Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
  • Conduct community outreach for cancer prevention and a needs assessment for cancer patients utilizing virtual services while providing support during online workshops. Results of the outreach and assessment were utilized by BOLD (Bronx Oncology Living Daily) to increase virtual delivery of their programming during the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Process weekly COVID-19 data to be utilized in presentations for the community, a dashboard for city use, and during a live question and answer session over Facebook Live for the City of Middletown.
  • Interdisciplinary Spatial Informatics for Global Health (INSIGHT) Lab, University of Ottawa: Tick and Lyme Disease Surveillance in the Greater Ottawa Area
  • Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs/US Naval War College/YSPH: Local response to COVID-19: Interaction between Public Health and Governance
  • Sean's Legacy: Health Communications for LGBTQ+ youth; Systematic Literature Review
  • Mahidol University's Center of Excellence in Research on Gender, Sexuality, and Health: An exploration of Thai physicians’ perspectives on and willingness to prescribe Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis
  • Emerging Infections Program: Foodborne disease surveillance
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Recent Thesis Topics


  • Vector Status of Aedes albopictus in Connecticut: Analyses of Invasion Pattern, Geographic Distribution, and Disease Risk
  • Towards a Saliva-Based PCR Test for the Detection of Mpox Virus
  • Protection against cholera from killed whole-cell oral cholera (kOCV) vaccines: Systematic review and meta­ regression of randomized control trials and observational studies
  • Impact of SARS-CoV-2 Variants on Vaccine Breakthrough Infections
  • Epidemiology of human hookworm (Necator americanus) infection in rural Ghana: Investigating host-parasite factors that mediate infection
  • Effect of Digital Public Health Campaigns by the World Health Organization on Self-Reported Behavior, Recall/Knowledge, and Attitude toward Interventions Related to COVID-19: A Meta-Analysis
  • TB burden among people living in informal settlements in South Africa between 20 IO and 2022: a systematic review and meta­ analysis
  • Perceptions of HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis and Correlates of Interest among Women at Shebeens in Rural South Africa
  • The Ethical and Legal Challenges Associated with AI­ Driven Healthcare
  • A Phylogeographic Analysis of SARS-CoV-2 Variant Introduction
  • Exploring the Role of Trypanosome Infection on Tsetse Host Metabolism: Insights from microRNA and Transcriptome Sequencing
  • HPV Vaccine Effectiveness by Age at Vaccination in New Haven County, Connecticut Women, 2008-2019
  • Associations of diurnal temperature range with pediatric influenza hospitalization rates in U.S. states
  • The year of Omicron - Tracking SARS-CoV-2 evolution in 2022
  • Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices (KAP) About Lassa Fever Prevention and Control: a Survey of Three Rural Communities in Central Liberia
  • The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on non-Typhoidal Salmonella Incidence and Exposures in Connecticut, 2015-2022
  • Estimation of Rotavirus Vaccine Effectiveness Based on Whole Genome Sequences
  • Optimization of an ELISA­ Based Diagnostic for Leptospirosis
  • Cost-Effective Analysis of Rotavirus Vaccination in Dhaka, Bangladesh using a Dynamic Model of Rotavirus Transmission
  • Association Between SARS­ CoV-2 Reinfections and Anti­s Antibody Levels at the First Omicron Wave in Salvador, Brazil
  • The Impact of Spiroplasma infection on tsetse physiology
  • Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV(PMTCT) Efforts in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa: Lessons from Botswana
  • HIV Treatment Patterns Across a US Data Network: 2012-2021
  • Evaluating Environmental Risk Factors for Community-Associated C. difficile Infection in New Haven County, Connecticut 2016-2021
  • Demographics of Hospitalized COVID-19 and Influenza Cases in Connecticut during the 2021-2022 flu season: is there evidence of viral interference?
  • Developing and Using Cholera Models in Northwest Syria
  • Intersectoral responses to climate change and waterborne diseases in the Caribbean region: mixed method research of current actions and pathways forward using the One Health framework
  • A scoping review of the clinical implications of illicit xylazine use
  • Attribution of febrile illness to circulating respiratory viruses in the United States, July 2016 - March 2023
  • Travelers Diarrhea? The Epidemiology of Enterotoxigenic Escherichia Coli in Connecticut, 2019- 2022
  • Scoping review on gonorrhea vaccine
  • Prevalence and Genetic Determinants of Vancomycin resistance of Clostridioides difficile isolates in Connecticut
  • Indirect Effects of Covid-19 Vaccination Against SARS­ CoV-2 Omicron: Rapid Review
  • The Institution of Slavery's Impact on the Spread of Malaria in the Antebellum South
  • Does Environmental Testing of C. difficile Predict If a Patient is Positive with C. difficile
  • Molecular detection of Streptococcus pneumoniae carriage in saliva using DNA extraction-free method.
  • Impact of temporary storage conditions on the viability of non-typeable Streptococcus pneumoniae in saliva
  • Primary Liver Cancer in China: from 2000-2020: Evolution of epidemiology, clinical disease, and therapy
  • Antibiotic prophylaxis for prevention of surgical site infections in orthopedic surgery
  • Shiga Toxin Producing Escherichia coli (STEC) in Connecticut, USA, 2017-2021
  • Chagas Disease Screening: Awareness, Practices and Perceived Barriers Among Health Care Providers in Connecticut
  • Fairness in Machine Learning: Predicting agitation in mental health patients at Emergency Rooms
  • Social vulnerability and viral respiratory infections in Connecticut ( 2018-2021): A modeling approach to identify salient measures


  • Evaluating the Cost-Effectiveness of Varied Vaccination Strategies for Ebola Virus Disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Using a Dynamic Model to Assess Maintenance of Deer Tick Virus via Horizontal Transmission in Ixodes Scapularis Populations
  • Quantitative Real-Time PCR Assays for the Detection of Leptospira
  • Adenovirus-based Vaccines and Thrombosis in Pregnancy: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
  • Plasmodium Infection is Associated with Cross-reactive Antibodies to Carbohydrate Epitopes on the SARS-CoV-2 Spike Protein
  • Comorbid Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders among Refugees and Forced Migrants in Jordan and Connecticut, U.S.: A Proposed Mixed-Method Research
  • Identification and Correction of Normalized Deviance in Healthcare Systems to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections and Improve Patient Outcomes
  • Estimating the Burden of COVID-19 Associated Hospitalizations in Connecticut
  • Syphilis Control in Navajo County, Arizona: A Multi-Methodological Approach to Program Evaluation
  • Characterizing Introductions of SARS-CoV-2 to the U.S. Virgin Islands using Pathogen Genomic Surveillance
  • Trends in Antimicrobial Resistant Non-Typhoidal Salmonella before and after the Food and Drug Administration's Guidance for Industry #213, United States
  • The Impact of Self-Reported Adherence Measures on Viral Suppression of Individuals with HIV-1 on Dolutegravir-Containing First-Line Antiretroviral Therapy
  • Stigma, Cisgenderism, and the Pathologization of Transness
  • Comprehensive West Nile Virus Phylogenetic Analysis: Europe and Beyond
  • Modeling the Effects of Climate Factors on the Incidence of Future Campylobacter Infections in Connecticut
  • Meta-Analysis for Rotavirus Vaccine Performance and Variable Selection for a Prediction Model


  • Assessing the Influence of Individualism VS. Collectivism at the National Level on Government Response Measures to COVID-19
  • Determining Polymorphisms in TNF Production as They Relate to Infection with EBOV
  • Changes to Worship and Perceptions of the COVID-19 Pandemic by Religion in the US
  • Developing a Framework for Civilian-Military Public Health Operations Involving Non-State Armed Groups
  • Determining the Relationship Between SARS-CoV-2 Infection and Streptococcus Pneumoniae in Clinical Saliva Samples
  • Longitudinal Serological Responses to SARS CoV-2 in Healthcare Workers
  • Exploring Thai Physicians’ Perceptions of and Willingness to Prescribe Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)
  • Was New York City a Source of Global SARS-CoV-2 Spread?
  • Evaluation of a pilot modified SBIRT strategy to scale-up opioid agonist therapy utilization in Moldovan prisons
  • Utilizing COVID-19 Models in Humanitarian Crisis Settings
  • Sexual Orientation Disclosure and Depression among Thailand Men Who Have Sex with Men: Associations with Intimate Partner Violence and Social Support
  • Analyzing the Restriction of Mass Gatherings and School Closures/Reopening in China and Iran during the COVID-19 Pandemic with a Public Health Ethics Framework
  • Why Not Here? An Examination of Statewide Hospital Use Among Patients with IDU-Associated Diagnoses and Procedures in Lawrence and Lowell MA, 2005-2019
  • The Epidemiology of COVID-19 Hospitalizations in Connecticut, July – December 2020
  • The Utility of a Maximum Entropy Species Distribution Model for Ixodes scapularis in Predicting the Public Health Risk of Lyme Disease in Ontario, Canada
  • Gastrointestinal Microbiome Disruption and Antibiotic-Associated Diarrhea in Children Receiving Antibiotic Therapy for Community-Acquired Pneumonia
  • Vector-host Interactions of Culex pipiens Mosquitoes and Their Role in Arbovirus Transmission in the Mid-Atlantic United States
  • Transmission Dynamics of COVID-19 under Differential Levels of Masking and Vaccination
  • The Impact of COVID-19 on Backyard Poultry-associated Salmonella in Connecticut
  • Impact of Serial Point Prevalence COVID-19 Testing on Severe Disease Outcomes in Connecticut Nursing Home Residents
  • Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices Concerning Breast Cancer, Cervical Cancer and Screening Among Healthcare Professionals and Students in Mogadishu, Somalia
  • Without a Trace: Is Technology the Next Stage in Contact Tracing’s Evolution?
  • Assessing Changes in the Epidemiology of Cutaneous Leishmaniasis in Southwest Colombia Following the Peace Accord with Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC)
  • Impact of Health Care Access on Delayed or Missed Adolescent Vaccinations for Tdap, Meningococcal and HPV Vaccines among U.S. Adolescents, NIS-Teen 2018
  • Public Health Ethics Education at Schools of Public Health in China
  • The Role of Histone Demethylase KDM6A in Mouse Coronavirus Infection
  • Unmasking America's Reaction to Face Masks: A Review of the Literature
  • Racial and Ethnic Disparities in COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy among a Diverse Community-based Population in Connecticut

Recent Practicum Topics


  • Health and Healthcare Issues - Pandemic Preparedness, Universal Health Coverage and Tuberculosis
  • Animal data collection for prevention policy
  • Health Equity Fellowship
  • Research and Analysis of Data Sources to Identify Factors Contributing to High STI Rates
  • Health Transformation of a Hospital System
  • Infection Prevention Internship
  • Jamestown Canyon Virus in the United States
  • Data Fellow
  • Long-COVID Patient Journey Mapping and Analysis of Patient Outcomes
  • Epidemic History and the Narratives of Infectious Disease
  • Development of One Health content for a community-based pandemic literacy intervention targeting reducing the risk of zoonotic diseases under conditions of climate change and ecological disturbance
  • Immune Profiling of Children With Sickle Cell Disease
  • Planned Parenthood Clinical Research Internship
  • Vaccine Rapid Community Assessments + Standard Outreach Worker Training Program Evaluations
  • Amplicon Multiplexed Sequencing for Malaria Genomic Surveillance in Resource Limited Settings
  • Developing Innovative Tools to Evaluate Gamification of Public Health Emergencies
  • Senior FoodCORE Research Assistant and Lead Cyclospora Surveillance Officer
  • Homeland Security Professional Opportunities for Student Workforce to Experience Research (HS-POWER) Internship
  • Repeat Ivermectin Mass Drug Administrations for Malaria Control in Burkina Faso- a Double Blind Cluster RCT
  • Programming Internship
  • AIDS health equity research
  • Uptake in bivalent Covid-19 vaccines
  • Assistant Analyst Epidemiology Forecasting
  • Impact of intersectional stigma on adoption of evidence-based harm reduction services, PrEP, and overdose prevention interventions among providers at federally qualified health centers
  • Climate & Health Communications
  • Using Xenosurveillance to Decipher the Eco-Epidemiology of Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus in the Northeast United States
  • Analyzing COVID disruption to TB services
  • UNDP projects
  • Dengue and other vaccines in Southeast Asia


  • Innovative COVID-19 Point-of-Care Diagnostics Suitable for Tuberculosis Diagnosis: A Scoping Review
  • HPTN 096 Getting to Zero Among Black MSM in the American South: Testing the Efficacy of an Integrated Strategy
  • Funding and Equity in Global Health Partnerships: A Case Study in Liberia
  • Facilitators and Barriers to Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and HIV Risk Behaviors Among Women at Alcohol Venues in Rural South Africa
  • Global Regulatory Affairs
  • Understanding doctor's diagnosis: An algorithmic approach
  • Identifying Barriers to IPT Prescriptions among Health Care Workers in Tugela Ferry, South Africa
  • Evaluations of pesticide use, landscaping and vegetation management, oral systemic pesticide delivery to deer, and use of pesticide-laced bait in rodents to control tick prevalence and pathogen presence in CT
  • SARS-CoV-2 Genomic Surveillance in Connecticut
  • Generating Real-World Evidence from Observational Health Data
  • Yale Covid-19 Genomic Surveillance Initiative
  • FoodCORE/FoodNet Disease Surveillance
  • Foodbore Disease Surveillance
  • Public Health Related Application/Web Development
  • Human hookworm prevalence, reinfection, and anthelminthic treatment response in rural Ghana: Investigating host-parasite factors that mediate infection
  • Foodborne Disease Surveillance
  • Mosquito Research and Surveillance Programs on West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus
  • Epidemiology Intern
  • Defining Vulnerability for Dara Institute: Classification Proposal
  • CRED Intern - Glacial Lake Outburst (Flood)
  • Leptospira Vaccine Research
  • HAIC - surveillance of the C. difficile infection cases
  • Intern Biostatistics Analyst
  • Biologic Clinical Trial
  • Nutrition Education Fellowship
  • Viral Respiratory Disease Surveillance and Social Vulnerability Index Project
  • Digital Hypertension Management to improve Cardiovascular Health
  • Working with community substance use prevention coalitions across the state of Connecticut to prevent community substance abuse
  • Investigating the immunization status of hospitalized influenza patients in New Haven and Middlesex counties to better understand the effectiveness of the influenza vaccine
  • Healthcare Product Manager Intern
  • Program analysis of intervention
  • Aledade Strategy Narrative 1-2 Years