H510 MPH Internship

Andy Chuinard, MPH
Internship Coordinator
Contact info

The internship is a 200-hour professional internship where knowledge from coursework is applied in a real-world setting. This is your opportunity to apply your existing skills and learn new ones by working within the field of public health.


Site List

Students find internships in many different ways. Some ideas might be:

  • Announcements on the OSU MPH listserv
  • OSU MPH Internship Coordinator Internship Database
  • A faculty member’s recommendation
  • Your own ideas and contacts
  • Office of International Degree and Education Abroad (IDEA)
  • Previous student experience


Before your first meeting with the Internship Coordinator


The Internship Planning Process Timeline
Step 1
  • View orientation slideshow on MPH website

3 terms in advance

Step 2
  • Do preliminary thinking about areas of interest and potential placements
  • (If considering International placement meet with IE3 Advisor regarding requirements)

3 terms in advance
Step 3
  • Meet with MPH Internship Coordinator and faculty advisor to discuss ideas and receive further direction
  • Have faculty advisor sign Advisor Approval Form

2 terms in advance
Step 4
  • Research potential sites for availability of placements, type of work environment, and range of opportunities.
  • Identify a selection of sites

2 terms in advance
Step 5
  • Schedule an appointment with MPH Internship Coordinator.
  • Bring site research and internship handbook

1 terms in advance
1.5 terms if international placement

Step 6
  • Contact site(s) of interest
    • discuss activities and terms of placement
  • Make final decisions.
  • Have preceptor sign Preceptor Signature Form .
  • Begin draft of Application and Learning Contract and learning objectives

1 term in advance
Step 7
  • Bring a draft of Application and Learning Contract and learning objectives to faculty advisor and MPH Internship Coordinator.

1 term in advance
Step 8
  • Revise and submit signed copies of the following to faculty advisor and MPH Internship Coordinator
    • Final Application and Learning Contract
    • Advisor Internship Approval Form
    • MPH Internship Coordinator Signature Form
    • Preceptor Signature Form

Due week 10 of the term PRIOR to internship placement
Step 9
  • Turn in "To Be Arranged Course form" (downloadable from Graduate Student Resources) to MPH Internship Coordinator
  • Register for H510 credits
  • You must register for H510 credits for the entire duration of actual internship

See University Academic Calendar for registration deadlines
Note: You will not be able to register for H510 credits until your paperwork has been received by the Internship Coordinator


Writing learning objectives

Learning objectives should

  • Describe the performance of a major cognitive skill (knowledge, comprehension, analysis, evaluation, synthesis, and application)
  • Begin with an action verb that matches the means of performance assessment
  • Describe what you will be able to do as a result of the objective
  • Describe the intended outcome or product, not the process
  • Use only one objective for each skill
  • Be measurable
  • Reference and build upon Track Competencies

Appropriate verbs to use

  • Knowledge-arrange: define, duplicate, list, label, memorize, recall, meet, review
  • Comprehension-classify: describe, explain, identify, locate, report, translate
  • Application-apply: demonstrate, illustrate, schedule, solve, use, write
  • Analysis-analyze: calculate, categorize, compare, contrast, differentiate, examine, experiment, test
  • Synthesis-arrange: collect, design, develop, compose, formulate, manage, prepare, set up, write
  • Evaluation-argue: assess, defend, estimate, judge, rate, predict, support, value, evaluate

Also see Bloom's taxonomy of Measurable verbs (pdf)


Sample learning objectives

You can either list your Track Competencies with your learning objectives underneath each one like this:

  1. Design and deliver health communication messages
    1. Develop smoking cessation messages that are salient to the target population, while utilizing relevant media outlets to deliver the message
    2. Analyze and evaluate cultural perceptions of messages through surveys and focus groups
  1. Solicit and integrate input from community and organization stakeholders
    1. Utilize approaches such as community-based participatory research to involve community members and facilitate empowerment to ensure sustainability

OR you can list learning objectives and in parentheses number the associated track competencies like this:

  1. Analyze existing data in order to assemble training manuals for field workers taking into consideration the social, political, cultural, and environmental factors that are barriers to women reintegrating into society after obstetric fistula (IHC I, II, III, IV, VI, VII)
  2. Organize and design materials for awareness and advocacy efforts of xyz organization that provide information in a culturally appropriate manner to partnering organizations and community at large to increase visibility of xyz organization (IHC I, II, III, VI, VII)



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