Public health undergraduate internship

Public Health Undergraduate Internships

Public Health Undergraduate Program

Important updates

Effective Summer 2023, the pre-internship course and the internship course will be listed as new numbers.

H407 will be H419

H410 will be separated into three classes based on the option:

  • H439 will be the internship course for the General Option
  • H459 will be the internship course for the Health Management and Policy Option
  • H469 will be the internship course for the Health Promotion and Health Behavior Option

The internship is completed in a public health setting which can include health departments, OSU Extension Service, nonprofit organizations such as schools, local shelters, clinics, hospitals, and international internships.

The internship is a 12 credit experience for the Public Health major (Health Management and Policy, HMP, Health Promotion and Health Behavior, HPHB and the General option). It can be split into two terms, 6 credits each term.  For double option students, it is 18 credits. For more information on the internship process go to the Before the Internship section. Please review the Undergraduate Internship Requirements for the complete hours description and range.

Courses

H439 Public Health General Option Internship

H439 provides an opportunity for public health students to gain a field experience under the guidance of the preceptor at a public health-related organization and apply health equity lens. Allows students to choose an internship in local, domestic and global settings in order to their needs and specific interests.

H459 Health Management and Policy Option Internship

H459 emphasizes directed field experience with a focus on health management and policy projects and activities that are completed with a public health related organization including health departments, hospitals, schools, shelters, and other community organizations. Provides individually arranged experience to meet student needs and specific health management and policy interests.

  • Please see the H459 syllabus for the specific details.
  • The prerequisites are H419 and H436.
  • Please note that H436 can be a co-requisite if needed.

H469 Health Promotion and Health Behavior Option Internship

H469 emphasizes directed field experience with a focus on health promotion and health behavior projects and activities that are completed with a public health related organization including health departments, hospitals, schools, shelters, and other community organizations. Provides individually arranged experience to meet student needs and specific health promotion and health behavior interests.

Deadlines

Deadlines for internship registration approval

The Learning Agreement (located in step 3 on the Before the Internship section on this website) must be emailed to the internship coordinator by the following dates.

Winter Term 2024

If you want to intern in:

Winter term 2024

The Learning Agreement is due:

November 29, 2023
11:59 p.m. PST

(Week 9 due to Thanksgiving holiday)

Spring Term 2024

If you want to intern in:

Spring term 2024

The Learning Agreement is due:

February 21, 2024
11:59 p.m. PST

Summer term 2024

If you want to intern in:

Summer term 2024

The Learning Agreement is due:

May 22, 2024
11:59 p.m. PST

(Summer Session 1 only, a final extension will be provided until June 7)

Fall Term 2024

If you want to intern in:

Fall term 2024

The Learning Agreement is due:

August 14, 2024
11:59 p.m. PST

Scholarships

There is a new College of Health scholarship for required Experiential Learning opportunities including internships! Learn more at Experiential Learning Scholarship.

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Internship Postings

Internship Site Listing

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Information or questions

For more information or questions about the Public Health Undergraduate Internship Program contact Public Health Internship Coordinator Karen Elliott, CHES, MS, PhD .

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