School of Public Health
Master of Health Administration Internship
The purpose of the Health Administration internship is to provide students with the opportunity to test, through practical experience, the knowledge and skills acquired in academic courses. The experience also allows students to identify areas in which they need additional educational experience. Students learn role behavior and techniques necessary to function effectively as supervisors and managers.  The experience provides further value by helping students to decide what kind of position they wish to pursue after graduation. Internships primarily are to provide a learning experience for the student. Secondarily, internships provide a valuable community service to the organizations where students are placed in offering assistance on needed and valued projects and bringing new ideas to practitioners.

The internship experience is a requirement for graduation from the MHA program. Serving an internship earns the student three credit hours. A student must work a minimum of 300 hours. The internship must last a minimum of 10 weeks but cannot exceed six months in length. Most internships are conducted in the summer between the first and second year of course work. Students’ internships are conducted at most every healthcare facility in Memphis. This includes hospitals, clinics, physician offices, pharmaceutical firms, and long-term care facilities. Many of the part-time students who work in healthcare facilities locate their placements. For other MHA students, the program arranges either a paid or unpaid internship with facilities in Memphis.

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Deadlines for Applications

MHA—Fall Enrollment Only
Executive MHA Summer (June) Enrollment Only

Priority Application Deadline:
December 1

Guaranteed Consideration Application Deadline:
February 1

Final Application Deadline:
April 1

The launch of the Executive MHA has been delayed until May 2016. Applications may continue to be submitted through HAMPCAS and admitted applicants will automatically receive a one-year deferral to May 2016.

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