Public Health Madison and Dane County is the official local public health agency for the city of Madison and Dane County. It is a level 3 health department offering a wide range of population, prevention and environmental health services.

What Public Health Madison and Dane County offers

  • Practical, real world experience in a Level 3 local public health agency, serving a densely populated county with diverse urban, suburban and rural populations and issues
  • Opportunity to develop valuable public health skills:
    • Assessment
    • Epidemiology
    • Program planning, implementation and evaluation
    • Policy development and systems improvement
    • Developing and working in collaboration with community partners
  • Knowledge that your work is needed, will be used, and will make a difference!
  • Excellent support from highly skilled public health professionals who are committed to training future public health professionals
  • Exposure to a variety of public health programs and public health professionals as well as a multitude of students from different disciplines
  • Flexibility in terms of timeline to complete your project

Project opportunities

Public Health Madison and Dane County determines and implements strategies based on several determinants, including the leading morbidity/mortality indicators, social and economic determinants, as well as the identified needs and priorities of the residents and stakeholders in Dane County and Madison.

The health department organizes efforts around the National Prevention Strategy profile areas in addition to locally identified priority areas. Public Health Madison and Dane County is currently conducting its CHA/CHIP. Specific interventions are yet to be determined but will fall under these four overarching goals as articulated in our strategic plan: Healthy Beginnings, Healthy Minds and Bodies, Healthy Eating and Active Living and Healthy Places.

Project opportunities will likely include:

  • Compiling, integrating and understanding the relevant and available data on the issue
  • Research, collection of evidence of best practice in prevention and intervention strategies
  • Collaboration with critical local partners and stakeholders to prioritize issues and strategies
  • Ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the effectiveness of strategies implemented
  • Communicating challenges and successes to key stakeholders