Frequently Asked Questions - Faculty

For general information about the MPH Internship, please read through the MPH Internship Policies and Procedures page and the frequenty asked questions (FAQs) below to find the answers to the most common questions regarding the internship. If you still have any questions regarding the internship, please contact the Office of Public Health Practice

  • The focus of internship must be public health practice. The internship cannot be SOLELY clinical, research or administrative.
  • Internship sites may include governmental, non-governmental, non-profit, industrial and for-profit settings or appropriate university-affiliated settings. If the internship occurs in an university-affiliated setting, the internship must provide an opportunity for the student to interact with external community partners/stakeholders. University health promotion or wellness centers may be appropriate.
  • Work completed by the student should be reflective of an entry-level MPH professional.  
  • The internship must allow the student to demonstrate competency attainment in 5 MPH Competencies (3 Foundational Competencies & 2 Departmental Competencies, if applicable). 
  • The student will demonstrate competency attainment by developing work products, which are tangible items developed by the student during the internship. Students must ensure all five competencies are represented in the work products they submit and must submit a minimum of 2 work products. 
  • Students must submit an Internship Description and Agreement form in InternTrack which will describe their internship plan and anticipated 5 MPH competencies. For each competency, the student will identify the work product which represents that competency and describe how the work product will demonstrate the competency. 
  • Work products must mutually beneficial to student and internship site (i.e. the internship poster DOES NOT count as a work product). 
  • Work described should be reasonable for the student to complete 180+ hours in one (1) semester.
  • Assist the student in identifying organizations interested in participating in the internship program.
  • Review and approve the student's internship plan. Aid the student in outlining the objectives, competencies, and activities, if necessary, and ensure that they meet CEPH requirements.
  • Advise the student if IRB approval is necessary.
  • Be accessible to students and the agency preceptor as needed during the period of the applied practice experience. 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 preceptor to provide constructive feedback regarding his/her academic preparation and the operation of the internship program.
  • Attend the poster session. If you are not able to attend the poster session, please arrange for another faculty member in your department to stop by your student's poster. Make sure you convey this to your student. If you are unable to find someone, please notify the Office of Public Health Practice (ophp@uab.edu).  If the student completes an alternative poster session, watch their internship video.
  • Evaluate the progress of the intern using program goals, preceptor's evaluations, the student's evaluation of the internship, final products, and internship poster.
  • Assign a final grade (pass/fail) for the internship based on the final deliverables and evaluation.

Students have completed internships locally, within the state of Alabama, across the United States, and internationally.  A sampling of these organizations is by department can be found on the Field Placement Website under For Students --> Internship Placement Data.

Applied practice experiences may involve governmental, non-governmental, non-profit, industrial and for-profit settings or appropriate university-affiliated settings. To be appropriate for applied practice experience activities, university-affiliated settings must be primarily focused on community engagement, typically with external partners. University health promotion or wellness centers may also be appropriate. Generally, internships should not take place in the School of Public Health.

  • Read the Get a Handle Newsletter to learn about new internship opportunities 
  • Attend a seminar or other networking opportunities within the SOPH or with the UAB Career Center
  • Schedule an individual appointment with their Internship Coordinator to to discuss resources avaialble for students looking for internhips
  • Meet with the UAB Career Consultant, Meagan Butler (or attend drop-in hours) for assistance with resume and cover letter
  • Apply to internships on Handshake which are posted all year
  • Look through a sampling of our Past Internship Placement Sites to find sites of interest

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 within a single semester.  The internship 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 preceptor (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. 

Applied practice experiences may involve governmental, non-governmental, non-profit, industrial and for-profit settings or appropriate university-affiliated settings. To be appropriate for applied practice experience activities, university-affiliated settings must be primarily focused on community engagement, typically with external partners. University health promotion or wellness centers may also be appropriate. Internships should not take place in the School of Public Health.

NOTE: According to CEPH guidelines, internship which occur in a university or academic-affiliated setting must allow the student to engage with community partners. For more information, please contact the Office of Public Health Practice. 

 

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.

Review and approve/electronically via InternTrack:

  • Internship Description and Agreement Form
  • 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.

  1. Log into InternTrack
  2. From your home page, click on the student’s name to access their internship documents
  3. To view, request edits, or approve the IDA form, click “Edit/Approve Form”.  As the student completes other forms, you will see their form appear underneath the student’s name. You can also view these forms or edit your midpoint meeting form once complete. You will see their status under “Student Internship Status”.
  4. Scroll through the IDA Form until you reach the Approvals page.
  5. Under “Faculty Edits”, select “I Approve” to approve the IDA Form as is or “I do not approve” to request edits. After you make your selection, remember to Save the document. If this is your first time viewing, "I do not approve” will be selected as a default.
  6. Once you submit the IDA, you will receive an email notifying you that you have successfully requested edits or approved the students IDA Form.
  7. At any time, if the student makes changes to their IDA Form (on their own, requested by you, or requested by their preceptor), you will receive an email notifying you and requesting that you re-approve the form, even if you already have approved it.

Yes, international students may need a letter from the Office of Public Health Practice and their internship site as part of the Curricular Practical Training Requirement.  Once the student submits both letters to ISSS, they verify that the student is getting academic credit, etc. and update their immigration documents.For more information, see the Internship Polices and Procedures page.

In the summer, international students can complete an internship outside of Alabama because it falls into what is considered their “vacation” semester. During fall/spring semesters, international students must be enrolled as a full-time student, complete their internship in the Birmingham area, and are limited to 20 hours/week maximum for their internship. International students completing their internship during the final semester MUST also enroll in an in-person course. 

No.  You will not enter any final grade in 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, and any additional hours required by the site, the following documents are required to be completed and are stored in InternTrack:

  • Internship Description and Agreement Form
  • Student Midpoint & Final Evaluation of Internship Experience
  • Student Final Products and relevance to MPH Competencies*
  • Final Internship Poster and attendance at internship poster session
  • Hours Log
  • Preceptor Midpoint & Final Evaluation of Student Performance 

* Final products should align with the competencies the student selected. Final products should represent graduate-level work. Products with typos or mistakes, haphazardly designed, plagiarized, poorly organized or presented do NOT reflect graduate-level work.

YES! Even if the student if from that country, any student completing their internship internationally or traveling internationally as part of their internship MUST register with Education Abroad prior to their departure. This is for both international insurance and approval of travel by UAB.