Students who enrolled in the MPH program post-Fall 2019 will complete PHC 6941: MPH Applied Practice Experience, which encompasses both internship and public health service hours (PHS). While PHC 6941 is typically taken in the final semester, students can accumulate public health service hours throughout their time in the MPH program.
MPH program students in the 48-credit-hour program are required to complete 150 hours of internship, in addition to another 50 hours of public health service hours (to be completed as an internship, volunteer hours, or through experiences) for a combined total of 200 hours. Students may complete their public health service hours at any time during the MPH program.
Accelerated 42-credit-hour program students are not required to complete public health service hours.
In their final semester, students will also take PHC 6940: MPH Capstone. It is an integrative learning experience that pairs students with community public health agencies and culminates with students producing a high-quality written report for their agency.
Public Health Service (PHS) Hours
48-credit students must accumulate 50 PHS hours. These are completed outside of courses; hours will be logged and factual reports will be placed in their e-folio. The MPH program will provide some opportunities, but students are encouraged to find their own unique experiences in the field of public health. PHS hours can be completed at multiple sites and throughout the student’s time in the program. The internship coordinator will evaluate factual reports and verify and approve PHS hours.
Students enrolled in the program in Fall 2019 or later will complete 150 hours of an internship as part of PHC 6941 Typically taken in the last or penultimate semester, the internship assists the student in strengthening the public health competencies. internships must be approved by the Faculty Advisor and the Internship Coordinator via the Internship Proposal form found on the Forms page. Two work products associated with the internship will be approved, evaluated, and graded by the Faculty Advisor. The 150 hours of internship paired with the 50 hours of PHS (for 48 credit hour students) will equate to 200 work hours in the Applied Practice Experience.
This course is not tethered to internship, and the major paper and presentation that the student completes in Capstone will be guided by the instructor of the course. Presentations will be presented on public Health Day.
Guidelines and details on PHC 6940: Capstone can be found on the PHC 6940: Capstone page.