H510 MPH Internship

Develop professional capabilities, build networks, and learn from experts in the field

The MPH internship is a 200-hour professional experience in which students apply the knowledge and skills gained in the classroom in real-world settings. It is an opportunity to further develop professional capabilities, build networks, and learn from experts in the field. The internship is 6 credits (20 hours per week for 10 weeks).  If desired, the internship can be split over two consecutive terms (3 credits each term; 10 hours per week). 

 

Tonya Johnson, MPH
MPH Internship Coordinator
Contact info

Internship planning process

 

Step 1

Approx. 2 terms in advance

  • Read the MPH Internship Handbook
  • Contact the MPH Internship Coordinator and inquire about upcoming orientations, office visits

Step 2

Approx. 2 terms in advance

  • 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

Approx. 1-2 terms in advance

  • Meet with MPH Internship Coordinator and faculty advisor to discuss ideas and receive further direction.

Step 4

Approx. 1-2 terms in advance

  • Research potential sites for availability of placements, type of work environment, and range of opportunities.
  • Identify a selection of sites

Step 5

Approx. 1 term in advance or 3 terms if international placement

  • Schedule an appointment with MPH Internship Coordinator.
  • Bring site research and internship handbook

Step 6

Approx. 1 term in advance

  • Contact site(s) of interest
    • discuss activities and terms of placement
  • Make final decisions.
  • Complete Agreement and Learning Contract and learning objectives with preceptor

Step 7

Approx. 1 term in advance

Step 8

Due week 10 of the term PRIOR to internship placement

Revise and submit signed copies of the following to faculty advisor and MPH Internship Coordinator

Note You will not be able to register for H510 credits until your paperwork has been received by the Internship Coordinator

Step 9

See University Academic Calendar for registration deadlines

  • Receive override from the MPH Internship Coordinator to register.
  • Register for H510 credits
  • You must register for H510 credits for the entire duration of actual internship

How to find an internship Site

Students are responsible for finding an internship site with the support from the MPH Internship Coordinator and faculty advisor. 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
  • IE3 Global
  • Previous student experience

 

Resources to review during the internship selection process

 

International Internships

Plan early for an international internship!

Students interested in an International Internship opportunity should contact the IE3 Office. Opportunities and the application process is posted on their webpage.

Please note Application deadlines are several terms before the actual internship take place.

 

 

Host an MPH intern

If you are interested in hosting a Masters of Public Health intern, see information for domestic preceptors and internship sites.

 

Additional resources