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.
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 2020.
What does this mean?
- Students graduating in April 2020 and 2021 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.
Graduate Internship Requirements include:
- 318 hours (minimum)
- Completed Learning Agreement
- Internship Registration and search process
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.
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.