Frequently Asked Questions - Faculty

  • Assist the student in identifying organizations interested in participating in the internship program.
  • Review and approve the intern’s plan. Aid the student in outlining the objectives, competencies, and activities, if necessary, ensuring that they meet CEPH requirements.
  • Advise the student if IRB approval is necessary.
  • Be accessible to students and the agency supervisor as needed during the period of field training. Discuss the student’s progress at least once midway through the internship.
  • Call the student for a conference whenever a potential problem appears to have arisen.
  • Remove the student if it is deemed that either the student or the setting is inappropriate.
  • Encourage the intern and the agency supervisor to provide constructive feedback regarding his/her academic preparation and the operation of the internship program.
  • Evaluate the progress of the intern using program goals, supervisor reports, his/her evaluation, final report, and internship poster.
  • Assign a final grade (pass/fail) for the internship based on the evaluation.

Students have completed internships locally, within the state of AL, across the country, and internationally.  A sampling of these organizations is listed below.

Alabama Department of Public Health, CDC, Jefferson Country Department of Public Health, Mississippi State Department of Health, 1917 Clinic, Alabama Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, Southern Nuclear Company, The Bethesda Life Center, Translational Research for Injury Prevention (TRIP) Laboratory, CSX, Safe Kids Alabama, M-POWER Ministries, Success by 6, American Heart Association

The internship must allow the student to practice the skills learned in the classroom relevant to his/her department or program for a minimum of 180 contacts hours.  It should be project-oriented and focus on an issue relating to public health.  It should require the student to complete graduate-level work under the supervision of an experiences site supervisor.  It should be an opportunity where the student can identify an appropriate MPH competencies to become more proficient in and activities within the internship project that will allow the student to reach that objective.  The student should also have opportunities to engage with other professionals and participate in activities that will advance their public health career potential.  It should not be heavily focused on administrative tasks or research.  Internships should not take place in the School of Public Health.

InternTrack is the online database used to manage all documents related to the MPH internship.  You will see your student advisee’s name when you log in to the system.  Click on his or her name to view the corresponding documents.  Information will be organized by the role you have (review and sign, review only), and you will be notified when action is needed in the system.  Log in with your BlazerID and password at www.soph.uab.edu/interntrackv2

Review and approve/electronically via InternTrack:

  • Internship Description and Agreement
  • Midpoint Meeting Confirmation

All other documents will be in the InternTrack system for you to review, but they will not require you to take any specific action.  You will also be required to assign a pass or no pass grade to your student at the end of the semester.

No.  You will not enter any final grade in to InternTrack.  Please assign grades as normal according to University procedure and deadlines.

When assigning the grade to your student intern, in addition to confirming the student completed 180 contact hours.  The following documents are required to be completed and are stored in InternTrack:

  • Internship Description and Agreement
  • Midpoint Meeting Form
  • Student Final Evaluation
  • Student Final Paper
  • Final Internship Poster and attendance at internship poster session
  • Supervisor Evaluations (midpoint and final)

Yes, international students will need a letter from the Office of Public Health Practice as part of the Curricular Practical Training Requirement.  For more information and an example letter, see the Internship Polices and Procedures page.

As your student completes the Internship Description and Agreement form, he or she must select your name from a dropdown list of faculty. You must login to InternTrack and create an account in order for your name to appear on the dropdown list. Please see the below steps for creating an account in InternTrack.

  1. Login to InternTrack at www.soph.uab.edu/interntrackv2/saml_login with your BlazerID and Password.
  2. Click “Edit” at the top of the screen.
  3. Fill in your first and last name in the blocks provided.  If you want titles added, they should go after the first name.
  4. Click “Save”.
  5. Send an email to the Office of Public Health Practice (ophp@uab.edu) stating you have registered in InternTrack (we will add you to the dropdown list). 

If you have already completed this step, please notify your student to ensure that he or she has selected you as their faculty advisor. If you are still having issues, please contact the Office of Public Health Practice at ophp@uab.edu