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Purpose of Field Experience
The primary purpose of the field experience is to help students learn how to apply theory and principles to work situations and to develop and expand professional skills and competencies essential to these tasks. It is intended to help students explore areas of interest and affords the opportunity to become acquainted with agencies and community groups commonly engaged in public health education and behavioral change programs.
HBHE requires all M.P.H. students to have a field experience of at least 318 hours. The specific locale of the placement is an individual decision reached by students with the guidance of F.Ex.O. and their advisor. The field experience may be obtained via a block placement over the Spring/Summer Terms, concurrently with course work (beginning no earlier than second semester), or a combination of the two.
Students must complete HBEHED 600: Psychosocial Factors in Health-Related Behavior and HBEHED 651: Program Development in Health Education. These courses have been deemed necessary to the successful achievement of HBHE competencies during your field experience. Students may start their field experience, with permission of F.Ex.O. and their advisor, while concurrently enrolled in HBEHED 651.
NOTE: Students enrolled in the dual degree M.P.H. and M.S.W. program are required to complete two separate field placements. The M.S.W. field placement selection process typically takes place during the first semester of study. The M.S.W. field placement will begin the following winter semester and continue on part-time (with varying number of hours per semester) for one year (i.e. through end of fall semester of that year). Students will be taking courses while participating in their social work field placement each of the three semesters.
The Internship Office is an office within the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education with the objective of facilitating the field experience process for students. The Internship Office is designed to support students in their process of obtaining a site to conduct their field experience requirement and to improve the quality of the experience.