MPH Internship FAQ


MPH Internship

Students can complete their internship after they have completed at least half of the program credits. Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Health Promotion Health Behavior options strongly recommend students complete the internship in the final – or 2nd to final – term before graduation so the student has more coursework to draw upon in the internship.

Students can complete their internship Fall, Winter, Spring or Summer terms.

Internships can be local, statewide, national or international.

Students who are interested in completing an international internship are encouraged to contact IE3 Global Office on campus to discuss available options and safety protocols.

200 hours (6 credits). This can be done in one term (20 hours per week for 10 weeks), or split over two consecutive terms (3 credits each term; 10 hours per week).

It’s never too early to start planning for your internship. Start thinking about what interests you, and the types of jobs you would like to have. Look for agencies that fit with your interests and skills. Make connections with staff and management at these agencies. Talk to the MPH internship coordinator. Talk to your advisor and other professors. Send your resume and cover letter to contacts asking about internship opportunities (or submit an application). 

Please note, it is best to have your internship secured no later than the middle of the term before you do your internship. Earlier is better! Once the internship is secured, work with your preceptor, faculty advisor, and MPH internship coordinator to complete the H510 Learning Agreement.

Encourage them to contact the MPH Internship Coordinator (Tonya Johnson) to discuss details.  

Additionally, you can direct them to the host an MPH intern page, and/or have them watch the MPH Internship Preceptor Orientation

The site should do public health work, and the preceptor should have a graduate degree (or a Bachelor’s degree with at least 5 years relevant public health experience) and relevant public health experience. Discuss options with the MPH Internship Coordinator and Faculty Advisor.

Internships must fit with the foundational and/or option-specific MPH competencies. Over the course of the internship, students work on identified projects that tie to the competencies chosen. Internship projects should result in at least two products.

Examples of portfolio products may include (depending on the option):

  • conduct an evaluation and write a report of the results
  • conduct a needs assessment and write a report of the results
  • analyze data in order to assemble training manuals for field workers, incorporating social, cultural, and environmental components
  • design and deliver a health communication messages/campaign
  • conduct focus groups around a research question and analyze results and report findings
  • develop and implement a health program; and solicit and integrate input from community stakeholders.

Apply and/or contact sites with resume/cover letter, then interview and secure a site.

BE EARLY AND PROACTIVE! See the MPH Internship Coordinator too!

Once you have secured an internship, email the MPH Internship Coordinator your completed H 510 Learning Agreement by Friday of Week 10, the term before, to get an override to then register for H510.

The official start date of an internship is the first day of the academic term, and the end date is Friday of Dead Week for MPH students. All due dates follow the academic calendar.

Your IE3 Advisor can sign your Form to get it submitted by their deadline. Once a site has been secured, submit the H 510 Learning Agreement to your faculty advisor and MPH internship coordinator for review and approval.

Before seeking signatures on the Learning Agreement, it is recommended to submit a draft of the H510 Learning Agreement to the MPH Internship Coordinator for feedback.

Once you have a final version, the MPH Internship Coordinator can route the H510 Learning Agreement through DocuSign for signatures from you, your preceptor, your faculty advisor, and the MPH Internship Coordinator.

Alternatively, you can gather hand-written signatures and submit the fully signed form via email to the MPH Internship Coordinator.

The internship must be separate from a current job, with separate projects, hours and a separate supervisor.

Past experiences cannot be counted for the internship. You must be registered for the term you plan to complete your internship to receive credit.

Internships are meant to take place in the community, working with community partners. Working with academic faculty is considered more individualized work; it may count as a project or a practicum but not an internship.

All requirements need to be submitted by Finals Week in order to submit a grade and finalize the graduation application process. If you take an incomplete, note that you will need to change your graduation term to the next term, and change your graduation application.


Students will be expected to complete a few assignments during their internship. The assignments are meant to help students reflect on their experiences, which helps with the learning process.

The assignments are submitted in Canvas, and include:

  • Discussion boards (4)
  • Informational interview of preceptor
  • Mid-way progress report (completed by student and preceptor)
  • Internship Portfolio (e.g., products that are developed in the internship)
  • Internship Summary Report
  • Final evaluation (completed by preceptor)
  • Time log