B.S. in Public Health Internship Information

HLTH 499: Professional Internship in Health Promotion

All students enrolled in the Public Health Major, Health Promotion Concentration or the prior Health Promotion Major, CHES Concentration must complete a 3-credit-hour internship in an approved organization or agency that will allow the student to fulfill three of the seven Areas of Responsibility for a Health Educator. 

Public Health, Pre-Clinical Concentration students may choose between a 2-hour internship or a Senior Seminar (Research) class. The goal of the internship is to provide students the opportunity to use knowledge and skills acquired in the academic program under the direction and supervision of a preceptor/supervisor. The internship allows students to gain valuable experience as he or she prepares to enter the workforce upon graduation. 

Students typically do their internship in the senior year, however juniors who have completed all of the prerequisites may do their internship between their junior and senior year. Each credit hour of internship equals 60 hours of work at the internship site, meaning that for a 3-credit-hour internship a student must complete 180 work hours. For a 2-credit-hour internship, a student must complete 120 work hours.

Students are responsible for finding their own internship site. The site must be approved by the Internship Advisor before a student is permitted to register for the Internship Class, HLTH 499.

Prerequisites

  • Public Health or Health Promotion major of senior status or  junior status, upon approval
  • GPA of at least 2.35
  • Complete HLTH 452 & 453
  • Stay up to date on CSERs
  • Current First Aid certification and CPR certification cards for adult, child, and infant
    • Online certifications will not be accepted. The training must be in person from either the American Heart Association, the American Red Cross, or National Safety Council
  • Attend the mandatory orientation meeting held at the beginning of semester prior to the semester when you plan to do your internship. The orientation meeting is held by Dr. Sherry Jarrett (1 year prior) or Annette Florence (1-2 years prior).
    • Course points are earned for attendance for the meeting held the semester prior to your internship.

Course Requirements

  •   Attend the internship meeting (1 year, or 1-2 years) prior to doing your internship
  •   Locate potential internship sites and determine if the potential internship will fulfill your credit hours
  •   Determine if the potential internship will fulfill a minimum of 3 Areas of Responsibility
  •   Determine if the potential internship will fulfill your credit hours
  •   Get final approval of your internship choice
  •   Complete the Liberty University Internship Registration form and each of the Agreement Forms
  •   Attend the mandatory first class of HLTH 499
  •   Begin your internship