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					H510
INTERNSHIP/ORGANIZATIONAL
EXPERIENCE
          Orientation
               and
          Answers to
   Frequently Asked Questions
What is an internship/organizational
experience?


   Final, practical experience in the OMPH
    program
   Worth 6 credits (200 hours), over one
    ten week term
   Taken 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 setting
   Opportunity to apply existing skills and learn
    new ones
   Opportunity to gain experience within the field
    of public health
   Opportunity 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, Epidemiology, Biostatistics,and
    International Health tracks require an
    internship.
   The Health Management and Policy track
    requires an organizational experience.
What are the prerequisites?
   Complete all MPH coursework
   Complete 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
    approved
   6 credits (total 200 hours)- register for H510
   Apply knowledge in a real-world competency
    based experience
   Full-fill track and student-specified
    competencies
   Develop final summary and evaluation
    reports
How do I find an
internship/organizational experience?
   Announcements posted on the OMPH listserv
   Site identified in consultation with faculty
    advisor or other faculty
   Your own ideas and contacts
Where have students found
internships/organizational experiences in
the past?

   Health departments
   Healthcare organizations
   Non-profit organizations
   Worksite programs
   International contacts
   Government agencies
   Industrial settings
What is a preceptor?
 Your site supervisor
 Appropriate mentorship preceptors must have
  public health credentials or appropriate health
  related credentials and experience
 Preceptor cannot be your faculty advisor
Are internships/organizational
experiences paid?
   Not expected or required
   May be negotiated between student and
    preceptor
   University usually is not involved in
    salary/wage arrangements
What needs to be done?
   Meet with your faculty advisor and the internship coordinator to
    discuss possible sites
   Have faculty advisor fill out form giving final approval to engage
    in an internship.
   Work with advisor and internship coordinator to find a placement
    and site preceptor
   Complete the Application and Learning Contract and the
    Internship/Organizational Experience Information Form and
    discuss with internship coordinator.
   Provide copies of both forms to the preceptor, to advisor, to
    coordinator, and to Eileen Kasper in the Dean’s office.
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 experience
What needs to be done?
   Maintain an ongoing
    internship/organizational experience
    journal
   Meet or communicate with internship
    coordinator as specified periodically
    during internship/organizational
    experience
   Immediately discuss any concerns or
    questions with internship coordinator.
What needs to be done?
   Fulfill the Learning Contract as specified
   Submit Internship/Organizational Experience
    Summary Report and
    Internship/Organizational Experience
    Evaluation Report to internship coordinator
    and faculty advisor
   Request that preceptor complete the Student
    Evaluation Form for submission directly to the
    internship coordinator
   Complete 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 members
   Gain approval of proposal
   Submit to IRB for approval, as
    necessary
Why is the learning contract
important?
   Identifies information about the site
   Defines learning objectives, skill
    requirements, and anticipated outcomes
   Establishes 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. Introduction

      II. Evaluation of Learning Objectives

      III. Evaluation of Track Competencies

      IV. 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 the
  internship coordinator
 Submit the Internship Checklist to internship
  coordinator
Summary of paperwork to be completed during
   internship/organizational experience

              See Internship/Organizational Experience section
                         of the OSU MPH Handbook

1. Faculty internship approval form
2. Internship/Organizational Experience Application and
   Learning Contract (copies to advisor, internship coordinator, preceptor,
     and Public Health Graduate Programs Manager, E. Kaspar)
3.   Internship/Organizational Experience Information Form
4.   Internship/Organizational Experience Summary Report
5.   Internship/Organizational Experience Evaluation Report
6.   Student Evaluation Form
7.   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 internship coordinator, faculty
    advisor, and preceptor to clarify learning
    objectives
   Complete all requirements in a timely manner
   Immediately discuss concerns or questions
    with the internship coordinator
How do I register for H510?
   Complete all required MPH coursework
   Complete Learning Contract and meet with
    faculty advisor/internship coordinator
   Complete the “Request for ‘To-Be-Arranged’
    Course Form (available online and in the
    department’s main office) and have signed by
    internship coordinator
   Register for H 510
What are the deadlines?
   Must submit the Learning Contract before
    registering for H510
   Registration for H510 must be done before
    the internship/organizational experience is
    started & must be for the duration of the
    actual internship/organizational experience
   To receive a final grade, you must submit all
    final requirements before the end of the term,
    as discussed with the internship coordinator.
    How is the grade determined?

   Graded Pass/No Pass:
      Pass: Satisfactory internship report documenting:

          Accomplishment of learning objectives

          Insights about relevant previous coursework

          Preceptor’s recommended evaluation of

           student’s progress
      No Pass: insufficient documentation

   Internship coordinator and faculty advisor will discuss
    final grade and options if unsatisfactory outcome is
    determined
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 internship coordinator.
   Student will orally present activities and respond
    to questions in an open forum, which includes
    three faculty members who will evaluate the
    student’s demonstration of stated competencies.
What are the Health Management &
Policy Track (HMP) Competencies?

1. Conceptualize, analyze, and resolve problems
   related to health services delivery and finance.

2. Identify and apply economic financial, legal,
   organizational, political, and ethical theories and
   frameworks.

3. Employ appropriate qualitative and quantitative
   techniques to manage human, fiscal, technological,
   information, physical, and other resources.
What are the Health Management &
Policy Track (HMP) Competencies?
4. Establish and manage systems and processes to
   assess organizational performance for continuous
   improvement of quality, safety, and effectiveness.

5. Act ethically and professionally, and be responsive to
   community variations in cultures and
   sociodemographics.

6. Lead in all levels of public and private health services
   organizations.
What are the Health Management &
Policy Track (HMP) Competencies?
7. Communicate, solve problems and make decisions
   related to health policy and management in the public
   and private sectors.

8. Integrate theory and practice to plan, implement, and
   evaluate strategies and policies in health services
   programs, systems, and organizations.
What are the HMP Organizational
Experience Requirements?

   In consultation with the faculty advisor,
    student must enroll in either H510
    (organizational experience) or H506 (project)
    for the duration of the actual
    experience/project.
   Students in either option are required to
    present their final work product to a faculty
    committee during a presentation open to the
    university community.
What are the HMP Organizational
Experience Requirements?
   The student must work on an administrative, policy or
    management issue confronting a public, nonprofit or health
    services organization.

   The experience site and work scope must be pre-approved by
    the relevant faculty advisor.

   Student is encouraged to maintain a journal during the
    experience to help in the preparation of the reflective paper.

   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 HMP Organizational
Experience Requirements?

Upon completion of the 200 hours of practice
 work:
1. The community or organization preceptor will
   evaluate the student’s performance with respect to
   the competencies designated at the beginning of the
   experience, including at minimum Track
   Competencies 5, 6, and 8.

2. The student will document the experience and its
   product for the host organization.
What are the HMP Organizational
Experience Requirements?
3. The student will prepare a reflective paper (minimum
   10 pages) on the experience that addresses the utility
   of the experience for the student and offers personal
   reflection on:

    achievement of the student's learning objectives
     articulated at the beginning of the organizational
     experience, including Track Competencies 5,6,
     and 8; and

    opportunities for integration of curricular content in
     practice; and future career directions based on the
     experience and related learning.
What are the HMP Organizational
Experience Requirements?

4. The student will make an oral presentation of their
   final work product to a faculty committee. The
   presentation will be open to the university community.

5. Preceptor will submit directly to the internship
   coordinator a competency assessment instrument,
   which is provided in the field experience handbook,
   evaluating the student’s performance of stated
   competencies.
What are the Health Promotion (HP)
Track Competencies?
1. Apply theory in the development, implementation,
   and evaluation of health promotion interventions
   programs, and policies.

2. Develop interventions and programs to effect change
   at multiple levels, including individual, community,
   organizations, and policy.

3. Design and implement strategies to promote health.
What are the Health Promotion (HP)
Track Competencies?
4. Solicit and integrate input from community and
   organization stakeholders.

5. Design and deliver health communication messages.

6. Evaluate and interpret results from program
   evaluations and other research.

7. Define research problems, frame research questions,
   design research procedures, and outline methods of
   analysis.
What are the Health Promotion (HP)
Track Competencies?

8. Apply ethical principles that govern the practice of
   Public Health.

9. Enact cultural competency in diverse social and
   cultural communities.

10. Develop a substantive area of emphasis.
What are the Health Promotion
Internship Requirements?
• Student may seek H510 placement in public or private
   sector organization that offers qualified health
   promotion preceptors.

• Student must complete a learning contract, prior to the
   start of placement.

• 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 Health Promotion
Internship Requirements?
As part of the learning contract:

 Student must develop individual learning
  competencies for the internship;
 Student must describe how the area of emphasis,
  internship,and career objectives are connected; and
 Student must describe the Health Promotion track
  competencies of which they intend to gain mastery
  during their internships. These must include, at
  minimum, track competencies #1, 3, 4, 8, 9, and 10.
What are the Health Promotion
Internship Requirements?
 After completing the internship, student must
  complete an internship summary report,
  which must be approved by the internship
  coordinator and the faculty advisor.

 In the final summary report student must
  describe and evaluate the degree to which
  they accomplished their individual and track
  learning competencies during their internship.
What are the Health Promotion
Internship Requirements?
 Preceptor must evaluate, using a survey
  instrument provided in the Internship
  Handbook, the degree to which students
  accomplished their individual learning
  competencies and attained the track
  competencies.

 This evaluation must be submitted to the
  internship coordinator.
What are the International Health Track
Competencies?
1. Design and manage health development
  programs considering health, social, political,
  cultural, and environmental factors.

2. Work in, and adapt to, any global context for
  health development.

3. Integrate global, political, economic, and
  cultural systems knowledge into health
  development.
What are the International Health Track
Competencies?
4. Manage health development programs in global
   settings.

5. Develop a disciplinary subspecialty to be applied to
   international public health.

6. Identify culturally sensitive and socio-economically
   appropriate strategies in health development.

7. Design and manage health development programs in
   accordance to universally and locally acceptable
   ethical standard.
What are the International Health
Internship Requirements?

   Student must develop individual learning
    competencies for the IH internship.

   Student must describe how their area of
    specialization, internship, and career objectives are
    connected.

   Student must describe how the H510 practicum will
    offer opportunities to demonstrate International
    Health track competencies 1-7.
What are the International Health
Internship Requirements?

   The field experience must be community or
    population-based, preferably in a foreign
    nation or in an international or global setting.
    If the field experience site is domestic, the
    student’s tasks must address a minority
    population.
   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 International Health
Internship Requirements?
Student may choose from the following types of
  organizations:

   International supra-governmental organizations
   NGO’s with programs related to international health
    development
   Governmental international health development agencies
   Academic institutions’ health development programs or projects
   Domestic governmental agencies that address domestic
    minority population health
   Other nations’ governmental agencies (e.g., Ministry of Health),
    or NGOs focusing on domestic minority population health
    development
What are the International Health
Internship Requirements?

   Student must submit one copy of a mid-term
    report and one copy of a final report to the
    advisor for approval.

   In the final summary report, the student must
    describe and evaluate the degree to which
    individual and track learning competencies
    were accomplished during the internship.
What are the International Health
Internship Requirements?
   Student will orally present internship activities and
    respond to questions in an open forum, which
    includes three faculty members who will evaluate
    demonstration of stated competencies.

   Preceptor will submit directly to student’s advisor a
    competency assessment instrument, which is
    provided in the field experience handbook, evaluating
    the student’s performance of stated competencies.
What are the Epidemiology
Competencies?
1.   Recognize public health problems pertinent to the population
     and identify key related sources of data.
2.   Understand, calculate and apply the basic terms, measures,
     and methods used in epidemiology.
3.   Apply principles of good ethical/legal practice and cultural
     competency as they relate to study design and data collection.
4.   Draw appropriate inferences from epidemiological data
     including indentifying strengths and limitations of reports
5.   Apply epidemiologic skills in the formulation or application of
     public health programs or policies.
6.   Assist in communicating findings and developing recommended
     evidence-based interventions and control measures in response
     to epidemiologic findings.
What are the Epidemiology
Requirements?
   Students must complete all required courses before
    beginning an internship or have written consent from
    their faculty advisor.

   Students must complete an internship application,
    which must be approved by their major
    professor/advisor prior to the start of placement.
What are the Epidemiology
Requirements (cont)?
   As part of their internship applications:
       Students must develop appropriate learning competencies for
        the internship and document them in the internship
        application.
       Students must describe how their area of emphasis,
        internship, and career objectives are connected.
       Students must be able to demonstrate that the placement is
        competency-based including opportunities to develop Track
        Competencies #1-6.
   Students may seek placements in public and/or
    private sector organizations with qualified preceptors
    in the area of Epidemiology.
What are the Epidemiology
Requirements (cont)?
   Students 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, students must describe and evaluate the
    degree to which they demonstrated their individual and EPI
    Track learning competencies during their practica.
   Preceptors must evaluate the degree to which students
    accomplished the stated individual and EPI Track learning
    competencies, using a Likert-scale instrument provided in the
    MPH Student General Handbook. This evaluation form must be
    submitted to the student’s faculty advisor.
      What are the Biostatistics
      Competencies?
   Describe the roles biostatistics serves in the discipline of
    public health.
   Describe basic concepts of probability, random variation
    and commonly used statistical probability distributions.
   Describe preferred methodological alternatives to
    commonly used statistical methods when assumptions are
    not met.
   Distinguish among the different measurement scales and
    the implications for selection of statistical methods to be
    used based on these distinctions.
    What are the Biostatistics
    Competencies?
   Apply descriptive and graphical techniques commonly
    used to summarize public health data.
   Apply common statistical methods for inference.
   Apply descriptive and basic inferential methodologies
    according to the type of study design for answering a
    particular research question.
   Interpret results of statistical analyses found in public
    health studies.
   Develop written and oral presentations based on
    statistical analyses for both public health professionals
    and educated lay audiences.
      What are the Biostatistics
      Requirements?
   Student must describe how the H510 internship will offer
    opportunities to demonstrate Biostatistics track
    competencies.
   Student will orally present internship activities and respond
    to questions in an open forum, which includes three faculty
    members who will evaluate demonstration of stated
    competencies, followed by an oral examination on
    coursework taken.
   Preceptor will submit directly to student’s advisor a
    competency assessment instrument, which is provided in
    the field experience handbook, evaluating the student’s
    performance of stated competencies.
       Additional Information


   For more information, please refer to the
    MPH Handbook 2009-2010 and the MPH
    Internship Handbook available at:

http://health.oregonstate.edu/public-health/handbook

				
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