MPH Internship Overview


What is the MPH internship?
The internship is a 3-credit hour course requirement of all MPH-seeking students.  According to the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), all graduate professional public health degree students must demonstrate the application of public health concepts through a practice experience that is relevant to the student’s area of specialization.  This experience is planned, supervised, and evaluated throughout the semester of the internship.

What are the requirements of the MPH internship?
In order to register for the internship course, students must have completed all public health core coursework.  Usually, this means that students must wait until their 3rd semester to complete the internship.  Students must complete a minimum of 180 contact hours with the organization during the semester in which they register for the internship, however the student's preceptor (site supervisor) can request that the student complete additional hours.  Students cannot start the internship prior to the first day of class, and must have all hours in by the last day of class for that semester.  Learning objectives for the internship must be set based on the MPH foundational and departmental competencies. The following documents are required as part of the planning and evaluation of the internship. Specific due dates will be listed on your homepage of InternTrack.

  • Internship Description and Agreement (completed by the student; approved by the faculty advisor & site supervisor)*
  • Student Midpoint Meeting Form
  • Faculty Advisor Midpoint Meeting Confirmation 
  • Final Student Evaluation of the Internship Experience
  • Student's Final Paper
  • Student's Final Internship Poster and Attendance at Internship Poster Session
  • Preceptor Midpoint and Final Evaluations of the Student Intern
  • Other Deliverables and Products as determined by the site and Preceptor

* Note: You CANNOT REGISTER until your Internship Description and Agreement form is complete with signatures in InternTrack.

How do I find an internship and when should I start looking? 
Students should start looking for internships at least 2-3 months prior to the semester in which they intend to complete their internship. Timelines can be found below. Students can apply to internships coordinated through the school, or they can identify their own opportunity.  Students are encouraged to first review posted internships coordinated through the school.  Opportunities coordinated through the school will be posted in the Get A Handle Student Newsletter, and HireABlazer, UAB’s Career Management Site.  

Visit Hire A Blazer to view the list of available internships

Considerations when selecting an internship
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. Activities meeting the applied practical experience should be mutually beneficial to both the site and the student. Applied practice activities should allow students the opportunity to address a critical public health issue in the community and should not be primarily administrative or research in nature.