Student Resources

Before graduating from the MPH program, all students complete an Applied Practice Experience (via completion of public health service hours, an internship, and PHC 6941 enrollment).

Applied Practice Experience Handbook

Applied Practice Experience Components

  • Public Health Service Hours (50 hours)
    • Accumulated throughout time in the program.
    • Self-tracked by students.
    • Factual Report written for each experience.
    • Time logs and reports are posted to students’ e-folios as an assignment in PHC 6941.
    • See the Forms link for both the PHS timelog and PHS factual report templates.
  • Internship (150 hours)
    • Internship is completed as part of PHC 6941.
    • Internship Proposal and supporting materials are approved by Faculty Advisor and turned into Internship Coordinator approximately one month prior to beginning internship. See the forms link for the Internship Proposal template.
    • Students complete a minimum of two portfolio products that show mastery of a minimum of 5 public health competencies, at least three of which are MPH foundational competencies.


While the 150 hours of internship are typically completed during the student’s final semester, preparation occurs throughout the program.

  • Two semesters prior to internship:
    • Student meets with Faculty Advisor to discuss internship.
    • Student begins to seek out internship sites and arrange interviews and meetings with potential preceptors.
  • Semester prior to internship:
    • Contact and interview with internship sites. (Note: some sites have specific processes and deadlines they follow. Be sure to ask.)
    • Establish an internship.
    • Submit your Internship Work Plan and Internship Proposal Form to your Faculty Advisor (no less than two weeks before deadline).
    • Submit your work plan and proposal, with Faculty Advisor and Preceptor signatures, to the APE Coordinator for final approval. Be sure to also include your preceptor’s resume or CV.

Internship Proposals for Spring 2023 internship are due Friday, November 18th.

A list of Internship Opportunities and Additional resources can be found here.

The internship proposal paperwork can be found here.

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