Student Opportunities

  • The center provides hands-on learning opportunities for students interested in working in the public health field.

    Justine FoxJustine Fox, an Exercise Science major from Warren, PA., received hands on experience through her internship at the Center for Rural Health Practice. Fox graduated in fall of 2016 and will be attending Bloomsburg University in the fall of 2017 as a master’s degree student in Exercise Science.

    "The focus of my internship was geared towards the WalkWorks program. Throughout the semester I had the opportunity to work with both the community and Pitt's campus to encourage people to live healthier and more active lifestyles."

    "This experience afforded me the opportunity to use what I learned in the classroom and apply it to the real world. It has also taught me valuable experiences that could not be learned specifically in a classroom setting. I am fortunate to have learned a lot during this experience and I am eager to continue to help improve the health of individuals and communities in the future."


    Student Yara Elbeshbishi, a chemistry major from Montgomery Village, Md., took advantage of the opportunity by participating in a directed study at the center. Elbeshbishi is graduating this spring and will be attending the University of Pittsburgh this fall to get a master's degree in public health.

    "I had the chance to work on the WalkWorks program, Nursing Education Preparation Initiative, Community Health Needs Assessment, A Randomized Study on College Health Center based Alcohol and Sexual Violence Intervention and many more projects," Elbeshbishi said.

    "Getting the experience I have received from working with Dr. Lisa Fiorentino and her staff at the Center has given me perspective on the rural health setting of the public health field, which I would not have had the opportunity to get anywhere else. This directed study has helped me go beyond and the best part is that it is in Pitt-Bradford’s backyard. I am pursing my master’s degree in Public Health in the Fall of 2015, and I hope to affect lives and help people on the global level in the future."