NEPHTC Health Equity Stipend Program

NEPHTC provides stipends of $3,500 to 27 students per year for field placements and faculty-student collaborative projects throughout New England. To qualify, you must be a graduate or doctoral student pursuing a degree in a health profession, or a 3rd- or 4th-year undergraduate student pursuing a public health degree, and work with a public health or nonprofit agency supporting underserved areas and populations.

Diversity: NEPHTC’s Health Equity Stipend Program supports the Diversity & Inclusion Oath of the Boston University School of Public Health, including the shared mission to improve the health of local populations, particularly the disadvantaged, underserved, and vulnerable. Read more about BUSPH’s statement on diversity and inclusion. NEPHTC’s Health Equity Stipend Program aims to increase the supply and diversity of the public health workforce through student field placements, especially placements serving rural or medically underserved communities. As such, we encourage applications from students with underrepresented or disadvantaged backgrounds and/or with project characteristics that include serving medically underserved/rural areas or populations.

Field Placements

Health Equity field placements are structured opportunities for students to apply their acquired knowledge and skills in a public health practice setting working in or with a medically underserved area/population. 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 students with the needs of the community.

Faculty-Student Collaborative Projects

These are research projects or community interventions identified by a governmental public health agency or other public health service entity. Students and faculty advisors collaborate with the agency to enhance public health services to medically underserved communities, and address specific public health issues among a specified target population.

See NEPHTC Student Projects!

What is a Health Equity Project?

Health equity means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible. Health equity projects focus on removing or reducing barriers to health caused by race or ethnicity, education, income, location or other social factors. Proposed projects must benefit medically underserved populations and may address any health or social problem. Highly desired are projects for agencies located in medically underserved areas or rural areas.

To learn more or if you have any questions about the application process, please contact: NEPHTC Health Equity Internship Coordinator, Maurine Crouch, at or NEPHTC Regional Coordinator, Karla Todd Barrett,

Students applying for NEPHTC Health Equity stipend must have their project approved and confirmed by their university and field placement site prior to application.

NEPHTC, whose central office is located at Boston University, strives to be accessible, inclusive and diverse in our programming. Your experience is important to us. If you have a disability (including but not limited to learning or attention, mental health, concussion, vision, mobility, hearing, physical or other health-related), require communication access services for the deaf or hard of hearing, or believe that you require a reasonable accommodation for another reason, please email the names on this page as soon as possible, preferably 3 weeks prior to deadlines to discuss your needs.

Proof of Impact

By the Numbers…

  • 100% of students agreed* that learning objectives of the placement/project were met.
  • 100% of students agreed* that they identified actions they will take to apply information they learned.
  • 96.15% of students agreed* that information they learned during the placement/project is relevant to their future public health career plans.
  • 100% of students agreed* that the placement/project increased their interest in working with vulnerable/underserved populations.

agreed or strongly agreed*
data from Common Metrics Reporting period 7/1/22-6/30/23

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