Public Health Internships

Graduate Requirements

Important for Summer/Fall 2020: We have made some changes to requirements for Summer/Fall 2020 semesters so please review the Announcements page prior to submitting your request.
  1. PH 650R (3 units) is required for graduation for all divisions. This is a course that includes four components:
    • Foundations of Public Health – Online modules that must be completed prior to the internship.
    • Internship - Requires completion of 140 hours (approximately 8-9 hours/week if completed in a regular fall or spring semester).
    • Interprofessional Education – Students are expected to watch two pre-recorded lectures and attend one in-person class session). Includes individual and group assignments.
    • Professional Development – Students are expected to watch one pre-recorded lecture and one in-person panel discussion. Includes individual assignments.

  2. Once PH 650R has been fulfilled, additional units of PH 650, 750 or 850 (Global Health students only) may be approved as prescribed electives for your division. Up to 12 combined units for all internship credit is allowed.
    IMPORTANT: It is highly recommended that you review your division-specific Road Map and speak to your faculty advisor for guidance regarding best time to register for PH 650R or other applied practice credit.

  3. Criteria for site approval includes:
    • Site or project is public health related.
    • Appropriate sites include, but is not limited to, hospitals, managed care organizations, health care organizations, government agencies, community organizations, research institutions, advocacy and policy programs, and private institutions. Internships with academic research centers or institutes may be approved; however, PH 650R credit requires that the research project be one that would allow the student to perform duties involving engagement with community members and/or organizations outside of the academic instution.
    • There is an established Service Learning Agreement (SLA) with the site. A comprehensive list of all SDSU SLA’s can be found here.
      Contact the Applied Practice Advisor to initiate the SLA process if the site is not listed.

    NOTE: Students in paid positions working in a public health or related role may be eligible to receive credit for hours if 1) employment is less than six months or 2) there is agreement with supervisor to work on a public health project with duties different from regular duties. Students can submit the Employer Verification of Internship Requirements to the Applied Practice Advisor at the time of submitting the Request for Applied Practice Approval.

  4. The internship primary duties and responsibilities should be aligned with the MPH Public Health Competencies.

    NOTE: While it is expected that most positions will include general office duties, the majority of the time should be spent assisting with designing, implementing or evaluating a public health project or program.

  5. Students will be added to a Blackboard Course (PH 650R/650/750/850) Course on Blackboard at or near the start of the semester. Students are required to submit the following documents and assignments. Actual dates provided at the start of the internship and/or semester once the student is registered:
    • Liability Waiver
    • Internship Agreement – Prior to starting the internship
    • Mid-semester Progress Report & Log of Hours (both student and supervisor must complete)
    • Final Evaluation (same as above)
    • Additional assignments required for PH650

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