Internship Requirements

Suspension of Internship Requirement

Due to extenuating circumstances of COVID-19, we have suspended current internship requirements for public health students pursuing internships for summer 2021.

What does this mean?

  • Students graduating in April 2021 and 2022 will not be required to do an internship.
  • Students may opt to do an internship experience this summer or during the academic year.
  • Internships and project-based activities may be completed remotely.
  • International students completing either or both should still consult with the international center regarding CPT (Curriculum Professional Training) visas.

Travel Resources

Up to date information can be found on Global Michigan or UofM COVID website.Internships are a graduation requirement for all Master of Public Health (MPH) and Master of Health Services Administration (MHSA). Most students will complete their internship in the summer between their first and second years.

Graduate Internship Requirements

Students will be eligible to fulfill the internship requirement after completion of 1 semester of Public Health graduate coursework. Additional requirements include:

  • 168 hours minimum (departments may choose alternative hours/duration minimums)
  • Internship Registration and Search Process including signed expectations packet
  • Pre-departure Learning Plan or Agreement per departmental guidance
  • Self-Evaluation

Epidemiology, Environmental Health Sciences, Health Behavior Health Education, and Nutrition required a poster and presentation on the internship experience in the fall of their second year. These departments also offer a credit reduction reflecting hours completed.

Applied Practice Experience (APEx)

Many internships will also fulfill an APEx curriculum requirement. The APEx experience can be met through one or multiple experiences and can occur throughout the student's time in the degree program.

In addition to the above requirements, and APEx will:

  • Thoughtfully engage a non-academic practice partner
  • Connect to public health or departmental competencies
  • Product (or 2) useful to community member which integrate public health competencies.

Additional information regarding the APEx requirement.

Departmental Requirements

The internship and applied practice are important parts of your curriculum and therefore each department has unique requirements. Your department will provide you with guidance in identifying internship resources and understanding program requirements. Should you have questions, your department Program Coordinator or internship can help you to ensure all criteria are met and proper steps are followed.