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, 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 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 preceptor to provide constructive feedback regarding his/her academic preparation and the operation of the internship program.
  • Attend the poster session (if the student completes an alternative poster session, watch their internship video). 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  
  • Evaluate the progress of the intern using program goals, preceptor reports, his/her evaluation, final report, 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 AL, across the country, and internationally.  A sampling of these organizations is listed below.

Alabama Department of Public Health, CDC, AIDS Alabama, Mississippi State Department of Health, 1917 Clinic, Southern Nuclear Company, Cahaba Valley Health Care, Children's of Alabama, Translational Research for Injury Prevention (TRIP) Laboratory, CSX, Safe Kids Alabama, Coosa Riverkeeper, Pack Health,BAO/Magic City Wellness, and the 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 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.

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

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 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
  • 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 may 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 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 ( 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