All MPH students are required to complete an internship with a public health or related agency. Hours for internships must total 150 hours for on campus students and 48 hours per credit taken for online students. While every internship involves different goals and activities, all of them provide numerous opportunities for students to enrich and expand on one or more of the MPH core competencies and one or more of their concentration-specific competencies.
Internships are usually completed in the student’s final semester in the MPH program. Within each internship experience, students must complete a deliverable for their MPH portfolio that demonstrates their ability to define an issue, apply methods appropriate to their concentration, and produce results. The deliverable will consist of a final written report and either an oral or poster presentation staged on Public Health Day.
These final activities of the MPH program are intended to encourage students to understand their projects in the larger context of public health as a cross-disciplinary field and in relation to the competencies expected of all MPH graduates.
Submit to the internship coordinator 1-2 semesters before beginning the internship. Specific deadlines are emailed to students. See the Forms link.
Internship Project Proposal and Work Plan Due Dates
Internship proposals must be submitted in advance of the semester in which students plan to start internships. Submit to the internship coordinator by the deadlines listed below. See the Forms link.
- Summer 2021 – Friday, April 9th
- Fall 2021 – Friday, July 30th
Submit all proposals to the Internship Coordinator.
Public Health Day
An oral or poster presentation based the student’s special project is made during a Public Health Day near the end of the student’s final semester in the program. Presentations are made to faculty, preceptors, fellow students, and family.
Public Health Day Dates
- Spring 2021 – Friday, April 2nd
- Summer 2021 – TBD
Check out Forms for documents to be filled out by students, faculty, and preceptors.
Additional information on Public Health Day can be found here.
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