MPH Internship Experience 

A public health internship is a requirement for the Master of Public Health degree. It is a separate experience from the project/thesis requirement. All core program competencies must be met between both culminating experiences (internship and project/thesis).

The 240 hour internship is designed to enable students to gain practical experience as professionals under conditions conducive to educational development. The internship is a time-limited, supervised period of epidemiology and/or biostatistical activities carried out in a public health organization that works with epidemiologic studies and/or uses biostatistics methods. The internship provides students with the opportunity to integrate and apply knowledge and skills obtained in the MPH program.

EPIB students have found internships at a wide variety of organizations, including: National Center for Health Statistics, National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Mental Health, Food and Drug Administration, National Human Genome Institute, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Adventist HealthCare, Pan American Health Organization, IOWA Foundation for Medical Care, and Consortium Health Plans.

The full description, timeline, and instructions for the completion of the internship requirement can be found in the Internship Handbook, which is to be reviewed carefully prior to the beginning your internship search.

General guidelines:

  • Students identify several specific internship learning goals and select an appropriate work environment that offers opportunities to achieve the goals.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to choose an internship site, but with the consultation of the faculty advisor and MPH Internship Coordinator.
  • Site election is due by the end of the semester prior to the internship semester.
  • If students are full-time employees, the internship must be separate and distinct from the student’s regular job assignments/duties.
  • The internship must total a minimum of 240 contact hours at the placement site (approximately 2 days per week over a 15-week period). Part-time students with full-time job duties may need to break up the internship over a 2-semester period.
  • Grading will be based on the learning objectives and educational work plan, biweekly correspondence with faculty supervisor, the internship report and oral presentation, and mid-term and final evaluations by the site supervisor.