Health Disparities Field Experience

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Health Disparities Field Experience

Health Disparities Field Experience for Graduate Students

University of Washington Health Services graduate students and New Mexico State University Public Health graduate students are invited to apply for a unique, three-week experience to learn more about health disparities throughout the state of New Mexico. Jointly sponsored by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and New Mexico State University, the experience will be led by Dr. Ernesto Moralez, Assistant Professor in the NMSU Department of Public Health Sciences.

The 2019 program dates are Sunday, July 7 – Sunday, July 28, 2019. Students must be able to commit to the full three weeks in order to participate in the program.

  • Week 1 (July 7-13) consists of online trainings and readings to prepare for the field experience.
  • Weeks 2 and 3 (July 14-27) will take place in New Mexico, traveling to different regions of the state.

About the Health Disparities Field Experience (HDFE)

During the three-week session [1 week online and 2 weeks in New Mexico], the HDFE program will provide UW/Fred Hutch and NMSU graduate students with the opportunity to observe and participate in clinics and services for underserved and underrepresented populations in New Mexico including Native American/American Indian reservations. This program will provide essential formative experiences and the opportunity to develop research skills to critically analyze health disparities and health education interventions. HDFE participants will spend time with public health faculty, health educators, and staff at community and clinical sites in order to fully understand the regional issues related to the existence of health inequalities and disparities. Activities will include shadowing health personnel at their worksites, and field data collection.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Students with an interest in health disparities research - especially in the area of cancer health disparities - and those interested in health promotion and disease prevention are encouraged to apply. To be eligible for this program, participants must be:

  • A Health services/Public Health graduate student enrolled at the University of Washington or New Mexico State University.
  • A U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • 18 years of age or older


The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center will cover the cost of airfare, ground transportation to and from the experience sites, and overnight accommodations. Travel arrangements will be made by Fred Hutch staff unless otherwise requested.

How to Apply

Graduate students interested in applying to participate in the HDFE can download an application here. Applications are  due April 30, 2019. Applicants can expect to hear back regarding their application status in mid-May.

For More Information

If you have questions or would like more information about the HDFE, please contact Marilyn Drennan at: