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.  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 school-wide and departmental competencies. The following documents are required as part of the planning and evaluation of the internship:

  • Internship Description and Agreement (Filled out by the student; signed by the student, faculty advisor, & site supervisor)
  • Student Midpoint Meeting Form (and confirmation of meeting from faculty advisor & site supervisor)
  • Final Student Evaluation of the Internship Experience
  • Student's Final Paper
  • Student's Final Internship Poster and attendance at internship poster session
  • Site Supervisor Midpoint and Final Evaluations of the student intern

How do students find an internship?
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 Hire A Blazer (UAB’s Career Management Site). In order to view opportunities listed on HireABlazer, you will need to submit a request for an account through HireABlazer. 

Visit Hire A Blazer to view the list of available internships

Faculty internship orientation slides are avaliable here