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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

Internship Opportunities at the U of M

An internship is a cooperative educational arrangement between a 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. 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

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.

Student Guide to Internships

Additional Resources for Students

Internship Orientation Powerpoint 

International Students - Curricular Practical Training (F-1) information  

Helen Hardin Honors Students- Honors Experience Information

Student Success Stories

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