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Department of Public Health Sciences

Health Science Internship Experience

Clemson University's Department of Public Health Sciences undergraduate program requires that all students complete an internship experience in their senior year (Fall, Spring, or Summer). The internship is a required course that prepares students to gain professional public health work experience outside the classroom. This experience is an opportunity for students to integrate classroom learned concepts into a working health care related setting in a directed and focused manner.

The internship experience requires 180 hours under the supervision of a designated site preceptor and under the guidance of our Internship Coordinator, Kathleen Meyer. The internship is a graded practical experience in which the intern maintains a professional workload in a health related setting. Only through a practical experience such as this can the efficient application of knowledge, ideas, and skills in a realistic work setting occur. With this, both the intern and agency should benefit immeasurably.

Requirements for Placement in the Health Science Internship:

Step 1: Complete the Health Science Internship Preparation Seminar (HLTH 419)

Requirements for placement in HLTH 419:

  • Health Science major;
  • Junior or Senior Standing; 
  • Most major specific coursework completed; and
  • Consent of Instructor

Course Description - HLTH 419:

This course provides preparation for the internship course (HLTH 420). You will be asked to participate in a series of lectures, presentations, and exercises designed to assist you in maximizing your internship experience. The professional development project will be the creation of a digital portfolio

Course Objectives - HLTH 419:

  1. Identify several internship/professional goals.
  2. Conduct an informational interview.
  3. Participate in a mock interview session.
  4. Complete a cover letter.
  5. Prepare a resume.
  6. Begin the development of a professional digital portfolio.
  7. Understand Health Literacy issues at the 80% grading criterion.
  8. Interview for an internship. (As applicable)
  9. Secure an internship site. (As applicable)

Step 2: Be Accepted into and Complete the Health Science Internship (HLTH 420)

HLTH 420 Credit Hour Information: 1-6 credits (45 contact hours per academic hour)

Requirements for placement in HLTH 420:

  • Completion of HLTH 419;
  • Junior or Senior Standing;
  • Secure reliable transportation to get to/from the internship site; and
  • Obtain the two-step tuberculosis skin test (PPD); and provide current documentation (test administered in the past 12 months)

Course Description - HLTH 420:

Under supervision in an approved agency, the student will have an opportunity for on-the-job experiences. The student will be placed in an agency and develop personal/professional goals and objectives appropriate to the setting, population and health issues. Internships may be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

Course Objectives - HLTH 420:

  1. Develop goals and objectives based on health-related theoretical concepts and skills.
  2. Implement steps to meet personal and professional goals and objectives for the internship.
  3. Observe and actively participate in decision-making and strategic planning involved in program design, implementation, and evaluation.
  4. Prepare to enter the workforce/graduate school by completing a professional career portfolio.

For more information contact:
Kathleen Meyer, M.Ed.
Internship Coordinator and Senior Lecturer
Department of Public Health Sciences
Tel. (864) 656-1898
kathm@clemson.edu

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