Answers to Frequently Asked
What is PHPM 504?
Integrative experience in the MPH
Worth 3- 6 credits
Taken after completion of Epi 1 and
Biostat 1 (or Spring Qtr statistics
training for MD/MPH students)
What is the purpose?
To provide an applied, integrative
experience. Allows students to apply
knowledge acquired in courses to field
Opportunity to ―work‖ in a setting with
possibility of future employment
Chance to experience a new public health
Opportunity to reflect on learning/career
Who takes PHPM 504?
All MPH students (no exceptions)
If you have questions about application of
experiences, contact the Director of the
Epidemiology and Biostatistics track
What are the prerequisites?
Complete at least Epi 1 and Biostat 1 or
MD/MPH statistics training
Complete a signed ―Internship Proposal‖
form —1st steps in the process:
Meet with your faculty advisor to discuss your
interests and relevant sites for an Internship
Attend the PHPM 504 Orientation and review
the internship guidelines
What is involved in PHPM 504?
Field-based applied experience
Placement negotiated by you to meet your
career and learning objectives
Minimum of 3 credits = 1 day or 10 hrs per
week over one quarter plus research and
writing time (100 total hours)
Or 6 credits = 1 day per week or 10 hrs/wk
over two quarters plus research and writing
time (200 total hours)
Develop final product AND Internship report
How do I find an Internship?
Information on program listservs
Department website: http://www.ohsu.edu/public-
Suggestions from your faculty advisor or other
Your own contacts – develop your own idea!
Conduct informational interviews
A special project arrangement at the organization
where you work (NOT your regular duties and job)
How do I determine a relevant
Something of interest to you
Something of interest and relevance to the field
Work that integrates across the curriculum—
MUST include data analysis (not just descriptive
Can complete within timeframe available
Must have relevant expertise/coursework
For example, do not take on a project if you have not
taken a course or do not have relevant expertise
Where have students found
internships in the past?
Oregon Public Health Division
Providence Health System
OHSU departments and clinical research
Rotary International - eye information
What is a preceptor?
A preceptor is your site supervisor
Preceptors provide guidance while you
are at the site
Preceptors may provide research
expertise and/or data sources for a
Preceptors do not replace your program
Can I get paid?
May be negotiated between student and
Not a condition of establishing the
University usually not involved in such
What needs to be done?
1. Meet with your faculty advisor
2. Find a placement and site preceptor
3. Negotiate project(s) and expectations
with site preceptor; list learning
4. Complete all elements of the proposal
in draft, email to faculty advisor, receive
feedback, revise, and email track
Director for review of draft.
What needs to be done, cont.
5. Sign and obtain signatures of
preceptor and faculty advisor
6. Submit revised proposal to track
Director for approval
7. Complete online registration
What do I need to do if the data I am
analyzing might be used in my thesis
or get published?
Obtain IRB approval!
Your thesis advisor will probably need to
be the Principal Investigator
You can fill out the forms
Use the online tutorial
Complete the forms
Ask your thesis advisor to complete the
Take action before you touch the data!
Why is the learning contract
(proposal) so important?
Allows you to define a relevant learning
Builds upon your own career, skills and
Defines your expectations and those of the
Basis for final reflection and evaluation
How do I write learning
What will be different about you as a result of
what you learn/do in the Internship experience?
State in terms of new/enhanced knowledge,
4-5 objectives that integrate across your
courses completed to date
Define tasks for each learning objective
List in proposal form; see examples
Writing learning objectives:
Learning objectives should:
Describe the performance of a major cognitive skill
(knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis,
synthesis, and/or evaluation). Students should
pay particular attention to the latter three in
developing their objectives.
Begin with an action verb that matches the means
of performance assessment.
Describe the intended outcome or product, not the
Address a single activity in each objective.
Translation of skills into
Skill Areas Appropriate Verbs for Learning Objectives
Knowledge arrange, categorize, define, organize, recall, reproduce,
Comprehension classify, describe, discuss, explain, identify, indicate, locate, recognize, report, select, translate
Application apply, choose, demonstrate, employ, illustrate, interpret, operate, practice, schedule, solve, use,
Analysis analyze, appraise, calculate, compare, contrast, differentiate, distinguish, examine, question,
Synthesis assemble, collate, create, design, develop, formulate, manage, organize, plan, prepare, propose,
Evaluation appraise, assess, compare, defend, estimate, evaluate, measure, predict, select, synthesize
Sample learning objectives:
Determine data necessary to assess and
develop recommendations for program
Attend staff meetings regarding outbreak
Develop tools and identify resources for
implementation of final products.
Analyze X data to look for patterns of X.
Prepare a report on these results for the site.
Demonstrate relevant subject/industry
knowledge through including literature review
as part of the agency report.
What are the final products?
1: Product of work completed
Written documentation for organization including:
Outcomes and accomplishments
Processes and challenges
2: Reflective final report based upon the
experience – use categories of report--includes
New insights into work, career directions
Thoughts about relevant coursework
Thoughts on accomplishment of objectives
Attach work product if desired
What are the report components?
1. Apply population-based concepts of
epidemiology and risk determination to the
assessment of health problems
2. Apply evidence-based knowledge of health
determinants to public health issues
3. Apply and interpret a variety of statistical
4. Identify ethical problems that arise
Report components, cont.
5. Identify cultural dimensions of conducting
6. What specific lessons did you carry away
from this experience regarding epidemiology
or biostatistics and its application?
7. What were the benefits for you and for the
agency of this internship?
8. Preceptor’s assessment and grade
What can I do to make sure it is a
Clarify your objectives with the preceptor and
Do what you say you are going to do in a
Follow professional standards (HIPAA,
Respect, dress, etc.) -- Act as if you were a
If you have any problems or questions,
contact your advisor and/or the track
How do I register for PHPM
Complete all the pre-work for the proposal and
May register for 3-6 credits in one quarter, or 3
credits each in 2 consecutive quarters
Complete 1 registration (3-6 credits) or 2 registrations
for 2 quarters (3 credits each)
If you do not plan to complete in one quarter, specify
separate objectives for each quarter so you do not
need to take an Incomplete or do not register until the
quarter in which you intend to finish. However, get
your proposal approved in advance!
What are the deadlines?
Must meet registration deadlines
Must submit an acceptable proposal prior to the
beginning of classes
To receive a final grade, must submit all final
reports in hard copy to the MPH Education office
by the last day of finals week.
Incompletes will only be assigned if there are
extenuating circumstances beyond your
control (e.g., illness, death in the family, etc.).
A petition for Incomplete must be completed
and signed by the student and the track
Incompletes automatically become ―F’s‖ if not
completed within one quarter.
How is the grade determined?
Pass: Satisfactory Internship report
documenting work and products and
thorough written reflection on:
Accomplishment of learning objectives
Insights about relevant previous coursework
Preceptor’s recommended assessment of
Fail: if insufficient documentation
Track Director will provide guidance if
performance is insufficient
Who is the faculty member
overseeing PHPM 504 and deciding
the final grade?
Katie Riley, Director of the Epidemiology
and Biostatistics track, firstname.lastname@example.org
Most important things to
Plan ahead to select placement
Your first draft of the proposal may need
revision for clarity
Allow time to revise proposal prior to
Allow adequate time to conduct, complete
and document your project(s) in order to
submit materials in time for deadlines
Take this opportunity to
Develop your career goals
Write your resume
Develop a presentation for the
Oregon MPH Student Symposium
How do I write career goals?
Articulate what you want to do in the near-
Articulate where you want to be in 5 years in
terms of professional work
2-3 pages in length
How do I write a resume?
Online resources for writing/updating
17481999 (Monster resource)
For questions &