Internship Policy


The MPH is a professional degree that prepares individuals to develop basic public health skills.  The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), our accrediting agency, requires that each MPH student be able to demonstrate the application of these concepts through an internship experience that is relevant to his or her area of specialization.  This experience must be appropriately planned, supervised, and evaluated.  Students must have completed the core classes before registering for an internship, so that usually means internships are performed in the summer of the first year at the earliest.  Some programs vary from this general policy.  To be sure about when you are eligible to register for your internship, check with your department’s program coordinator.  All internships are graded on a Pass/No Pass basis. 



A final grade will be awarded by the faculty internship advisor and based upon the internship supervisor's evaluation and the student's final product.  All internships are graded on a Pass/No Pass basis.



At the end of the internship, prior to the end of exams for that semester, a poster session will be held to showcase the internships completed during that semester. You will receive additional instructions on creating your poster prior to the event. Attendance is mandatory, as it is a required component to the internship experience. Failure to attend without permission from the Internship Coordinator will result in a No Pass grade for the internship course. Limited exceptions will be made for students completed internships out of the state or country, that are completing the MPH program online, or cannot attend due to medical reasons. Students who are unable to present during the poster session must request for an alternate presentation option by completing the request form below. This form should be turned in to the internship coordinator, Kimberly Hunter at or RPHB130, no later than 2 weeks prior to the internship poster session.

Please click HERE for more information on the alternative option, and to download the Alternative Poster Session Request Form



Please click HERE to view the Public Health Internship syllabus.