H510INTERNSHIP/ORGANIZATIONAL EXPERIENCE Orientationand Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
What is an internship/organizational experience?
Final, practical experience in the OMPH programWorth 6 credits, over one ten week termTaken after completion of all required MPH courses
What is the purpose?
To provide a professional experience where knowledge from coursework is applied in a real-world settingOpportunity to apply existing skills and learn new onesOpportunity to gain experience within the field of public healthOpportunity to reflect on learning objectives
Who takes H510?
All OMPH students must complete an internship or organizational experience. The Environment, Safety and Health, Health Promotion, and International Health tracks require an internship. The Health Management and Policy track requires an organizational experience.
What are the prerequisites?Complete all MPH courseworkComplete the Application and Learning Contract form, before meeting with your faculty advisor to:discuss interests and possible sites for an internship/organizational experience, and the requirements for completing the learning contract
What is involved in H510?Internship/organizational site selection Application and Learning Contract form approved6 credits (total 200 hours)- register for H510Apply knowledge in a real-world competency based experienceFull-fill track and student-specified competenciesDevelop final summary and evaluation reports
How do I find an internship/organizational experience?Announcements posted on the OMPH listservSite identified in consultation with faculty advisor or other facultyYour own ideas and contacts
Where have students found internships/organizational experiences in the past?Health departments Healthcare organizationsNon-profit organizationsWorksite programsInternational contactsGovernment agenciesIndustrial settings
What is a preceptor?Your site supervisorAppropriate mentorship preceptors must have public health credentials or appropriate health related credentials and experiencePreceptor cannot be your faculty advisor
Are internships/organizational experiences paid?Not expected/requiredMay be negotiated between student and preceptorUniversity usually is not involved in salary/wage arrangements
What needs to be done?Meet with your faculty advisor to discuss possible sitesFind a placement and site preceptorComplete the Application and Learning Contract and the Internship/Organizational Experience Information Form and discuss with faculty advisor Provide copies of both forms to the preceptor
What needs to be done?Complete, get signatures, and submit the Request for To-Be-Arranged Course Form; available in department office Complete registration for H510 must register for the entire duration of the internship/organizational experienceAdd Joyce Freds (Risk Management text)
What needs to be done?Maintain an ongoing internship/organizational experience journal Meet or communicate with faculty advisor periodically during internship/organizational experienceImmediately discuss any concerns or questions with your faculty advisor
What needs to be done?Fulfill the Learning Contract as specified Submit Internship/Organizational Experience Summary Report and Internship/Organizational Experience Evaluation Report to faculty advisor Request that preceptor complete the Student Evaluation Form for submission directly to faculty advisorComplete the H510 Checklist
What do I do if I am involved with data that might be used for my thesis?Develop proposal under supervision of faculty advisor and committee membersGain approval of proposal Submit to IRB for approval, as necessary
Why is the learning contract important?Identifies information about the siteDefines learning objectives, skill requirements, and anticipated outcomesEstablishes timeline for task completion
How do I write learning objectives?Begin with an action verb that matches the means of performance assessment.Describe what you will be able to do as a result of the objective.Describe the intended outcome or product, not the process.
How do I write learning objectives?Write only one measurable objective for each skill.Learning objectives must reference and build upon the track competencies.
What are the summary report components? The report should be a minimum of 10 pages, typed, double-spaced and must include the following sections:I. IntroductionII. Evaluation of Learning ObjectivesIII. Evaluation of Track CompetenciesIV. Conclusion and Recommendations
What are the other final requirements for the internship/organizational experience?Submit Internship/Organizational Experience Evaluation Report to faculty advisor Request that preceptor complete the Student Evaluation Form and return it directly to your faculty advisorSubmit the Internship Checklist to faculty advisor
Summary of paperwork to be completed during internship/organizational experienceSee Internship/Organizational Experience section of the OSU MPH Handbook
1. Internship/Organizational Experience Application and Learning Contract (copies to advisor, preceptor, and Public Health Graduate Programs Manager, E. Kaspar)2. Internship/Organizational Experience Information Form3. Internship/Organizational Experience Summary Report4. Internship/Organizational Experience Evaluation Report5. Student Evaluation Form6. Internship/Organizational Experience Checklist
How can I make sure my experience is a good experience?Talk with others who have interned at your site, interact with other OMPH students about possible sites Meet with your faculty advisor and preceptor to clarify learning objectivesComplete all requirements in a timely mannerImmediately discuss concerns or questions with your faculty advisor
How do I register for H510?Complete all required MPH courseworkComplete Learning Contract and meet with faculty advisorComplete the Request for To-Be-Arranged Course Form (available online and in the departments main office) Register for the H 510 section, which corresponds with your faculty advisor, for the duration of the actual internship/experience
What are the deadlines?Must submit the Learning Contract before registering for H510Registration for H510 must be done before the internship/organizational experience is started & must be for the duration of the actual internship/organizational experienceTo receive a final grade, you must submit all final requirements before the end of the term, as discussed with your faculty advisor
How is the grade determined?Graded Pass/No Pass:Pass: Satisfactory internship report documenting:Accomplishment of learning objectivesInsights about relevant previous courseworkPreceptors recommended evaluation of students progress No Pass: insufficient documentationFaculty advisor will provide guidance if performance is insufficient
What are the Track Specific Standards/Requirements?In addition to meeting the MPH program requirements for the internship/organizational experience, the student must meet track-specific standards and requirements for the internship or organizational experience.
What are the ESH Track Competencies?
1. Identify and assess the major environment, safety, and health hazards that impact workers and the general population.
2. Communicate culturally appropriate strategies for preventing and controlling environment, safety and health hazards.
3. Conduct environment, safety and health applied research.
What are the ESH Track Competencies?4. Analyze the interrelationship among the organization, delivery, and financing of environment, safety and health-related services.
5. Apply environment, safety and health knowledge and skills in practical settings.
6. Adhere to established ESH professional ethical standards and practices.
What are the EHS Internship Requirements? Student must develop appropriate learning competencies for the EHS internship and document them in the learning contract.
Student must describe how their area of emphasis, internship, and career objectives are connected.
What are the EHS Internship Requirements?Student must be able to demonstrate that the placement is competency based including opportunities to develop EHS Track Competencies #1-6
Student may seek placements in public and/or private sector organizations with qualified preceptors in the area of Environment, Safety, & Health.
Student must complete a Request for To-Be-Arranged Course Form before registering for H510 for the entire duration of the actual internship.
What are the EHS Internship Requirements?Student must submit both bi-weekly progress reports and a final summary of their work in the practice setting. These reports must be accepted by students faculty advisors.
In their final reports, student must describe and evaluate the degree to which they demonstrated their individual and EHS Track learning competencies during their field experience.
What are the EHS Internship Requirements?Preceptor must evaluate the degree to which student accomplished the stated individual and track learning competencies, using the student evaluation form provided by the student.The evaluation form must be submitted directly to the students faculty advisor.Student will orally present activities and respond to questions in an open forum, which includes three faculty members who will evaluate the students demonstration of stated competencies.
What are the Health Management & Policy Track (HMP) Competen