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Dr. Marian LevyThe Master of Public Health (MPH) program integrates the academic study of public health theory with principles of public health practice in order to prevent disease, promote healthy lifestyles, and protect the community. In accordance with national accreditation standards, our MPH students spend 240 contact hours in a practicum (internship) experience. The Memphis and Shelby County Health Department serves as the primary location for MPH students practicum. Students have gained valuable experience working directly with top administrators and health officers on projects related to HIV prevention, breastfeeding, immunization, TB control, community health promotion, and emergency preparedness. The practicum provides graduate students the opportunity to apply academic concepts and models learned in the classroom to the real world of public health practice. It also provides relevant experience that serves as a foundation for their public health careers.

—Dr. Marian Levy

Interested in Sponsoring an Intern?

An internship is a cooperative educational arrangement between the student, the University of Memphis, and a community partner. Each year more than 5,000 U of M students are interning in schools, hospitals, businesses, government agencies and nonprofit organizations.

Summer 2012 Video

 

See our 2012 interns in action and hear from employers about their experience.  Click here to view.

 

Sponsoring an Intern can...

  • Bring fresh ideas, talents and skills to your organization.
  • Identify prospective employees to meet future staffing needs.
  • Provide cost-effective recruitment and training.
  • Enhance community/university relationships.
  • Encourage more practical training in the educational process.
  • Provide staff for special projects.
  • Contribute to the development of young professionals in our local and regional communities - help build the future of Memphis.

Through internships, the community offers students the opportunity to:

  • Enhance professional development with first hand experience in the world of work
  • Build an effective resume that results in better job offers after graduation
  • Improve knowledge, skills, and abilities to meet career goals
  • Develop a network of professional contacts
  • Reinforce learning received in course work experience
  • Become familiar with future opportunities in Shelby County

Employers rate relevant work experience as the most important criteria during the job selection process. A high quality internship provides the key to a more meaningful education and a brighter future.

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