Capstone, APE, and Internship Resources – Preceptors

Preceptors play a critical role in the education of MPH students. They have the knowledge and experience to guide students to new opportunities and to demonstrate how skills introduced in the classroom are implemented in the real world. Preceptors for MPH students have:

  • A working knowledge and practical experience in the project areas assigned to the student
  • A graduate degree and at least three years of full-time, professional experience in public health OR a terminal degree (e.g., PhD or MD) and current, professional experience in public health, OR a BA/BS with 5+ years of public health experience
  • An interest in and commitment to helping a graduate student
  • Time to commit to mentor a student

Before the internship starts…

– Identify a project or set of projects for a student to complete.

– Interview with interested students who contact you.

– Review the student’s portfolio (if available) and discuss competencies that the student will work to develop during the course of the internship.

– Review and sign the student’s Internship Proposal Form.

During the internship…

– Arrange a schedule that will allow the student to complete their required hours.

– Orient the student to ensure a smooth transition.

– Allow sufficient time for supervision and instruction in the form of routine interactions.

– Guide the student throughout his projects as needed: review work, offer feedback, and ensure that the student has the resources and time for an optimal learning experience.

– Keep a record of the student’s progress, hours, and work.

After the internship…

– Complete the final evaluation of the student. Sign off on any logs/paperwork that the student needs to complete their internship experience.

– Touch base with the Internship Coordinator – offer feedback on the internship process.

– Let us know if there are upcoming internship opportunities!

What should my intern be doing?

While internships act as real-world experience for our students before they graduate, they allow our students to meet requirements for the MPH program. Students who’ve entered our program after Fall 2019 should have the following experience:

  • Students should be completing a minimum of 150 hours of internship in a semester.
  • Students should be able to produce portfolio products based off of their internship projects. PHC 6941 MPH Applied Practice Experience requires a minimum of two portfolio products that meet three foundational public health competencies and two concentration competencies. Students also have the option of basing the written report and presentation for PHC 6940 Public Health Capstone on their internship experience.
  • Students should be interacting with the site in a professional manner. In turn, they should be treated as a professional and offered constructive feedback and guidance.

Students who enrolled prior to Fall 2019 will have a slightly different internship experience:

  • Students should be completing 48 hours per credit taken of internship (240-384 hours total).
  • Students should be able to produce a special project and 15-20 page paper based off of their internship experience. The paper will include an in-depth, scholarly discussion of the manner in which 2 public health core competencies and three concentration competencies are involved, demonstrated, or strengthened by the project. These papers and projects are presented to faculty on the college’s Public Health Day (held each semester).
  • Students should be interacting with the site in a professional manner. In turn, they should be treated as a professional and offered constructive feedback and guidance.

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