MPH Orientation Videos
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Hello, and welcome to the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health. I'm Paul Halverson and it's my pleasure and honor to serve as the founding dean and professor here at the School of Public Health, and you're here for a very auspicious occasion. It's our opportunity to welcome you to this important school at this time in your life, when you have come to join us in what I hope will be a very exciting and a real meaningful turning point for you and for us. You're a special person. You chose us because you have trust and belief that we can provide you with a degree path that will allow you to do important things in your life.
And we chose you because of your intellect and your commitment, that commitment to important ideals. A commitment to your community, a commitment to serve and to be ethical in your performance of duties. This is not just a check the box opportunity, this is really life changing. That's the way I hope you'll see your investment of time and energy with us is that of making an investment and creating a new pathway to really make a difference in life. You see, being part of public health is a very exciting and incredible honor. We're here today because of commitment made by a number of people at the university, and important for you to understand is the history of our school. So let me just take a little bit of time to tell you about our school. We started actually 50 years ago and our commitment to begin as a School actually came much later. But our commitment to start to have a degree program started 50 years ago with our Masters in Health Administration degree that was part of the IU School of Medicine. And so that 50 years now are starting as a part of the school medicine and then eventually adding additional degree programs. And then six years ago, we became a fully independent school here at Indiana University on the IUPUI campus. And that our school actually the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health
came as a result of the commitment made by the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation. So you may be asking, well, who was this guy Fairbanks? He was an incredible philanthropist but he also was a very successful business executive and in Indianapolis you may have heard of a lot of things that have the Fairbank's name. But Mr. Fairbanks had a strong commitment to the to the ideals of entrepreneurship to the importance of building strong economic vitality within Indianapolis. And it was his interest to see health and well being and the economy of Indianapolis, grow, expand and be prosperous. And so one of the things that was inspiring I think, to the Fairbanks Foundation, was the idea of helping to make a critical difference in the long run for the people of Indiana, and especially for the people here in Indianapolis. So the Fairbanks foundation made a major commitment to help establish the School of Public Health, and we're very grateful, will always be grateful for that investment. So you wonder, so the Fairbanks, they helped start this school and the school is named after them. But we're an important part of Indiana University and especially here on the IUPUI campus. You may not know it, but you are in one of the most unhealthy states in our country, unfortunately. In this day and age, rankings are important for a lot of different reasons. And and again, unfortunately, Indiana ranks 41st in our national rankings. We didn't get that way by accident. We also ranked 49th in our funding of public health. And what's important for you to understand is that as low as that is, actually it could be worse, it could be a whole lot worse. It could be a whole lot better. As a school we were established because of the commitment of people to say it could be, it should be, and it will be better. And so as a school of public Health, I'm so proud of our faculty and staff because as we developed our strategic plan from the very beginning, this school was developed and committed to the ideal of improving the health of the people of Indiana and beyond. And so as we come together, as we began our new school year, as you come and be part of this group, understand you're joining a group of people who are committed to making a difference. I am so thrilled that you have chosen to be part of us. And I hope that as you begin to focus on understanding the principles related to public health and our related professions within the school, that you will keep in mind that big picture. The larger ideal, the ideal of improving the health of the public and making a difference expanding the life expectancy, creating a better quality of life for the people that are that are depending on us. You know, every year just as an example, we lose over 11,000 people a year unnecessarily to tobacco. Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death in our state. And and the good news is we know how to correct that problem. The bad news is we haven't yet found the political will to do that. And so why is that? Well, frankly, that's part of why we, why you're here to understand policy and to understand how we get things done through an array of different techniques. And so, again, that's just one tiny example, but it's a part of a much larger issue
around why public health is important. Our focus is really an improving health and we value community engagement and a commitment to health equity. The reality is that public health happens with the community. It's not what we do to them, it's what we do with them. And what we understand is that, and this is one of the things that makes us a little different than clinical medicine. You know, clinical medicine has a lot of individual patients, we have a patient and it's called the community. And the community is part of an overall organization of individuals who have a collective stake in their health. And our role in public health is to work with the community to help them find solutions and ultimately, to impact their life. And so we'll learn as part of being a public health student, what it means to engage with the community, how we can be respectful and yet effective in moving an agenda forward to improve the health of the community with the community.
I also think it's important to recognize we have made a strong commitment to health equity. Health equity is an important concept, meaning that we all have, we all suffer, but we don't suffer equally, we don't suffer equitably. You may know that the infant mortality rate for black babies is three times that for white babies. You may also understand that there are differences in based upon race or race or ethnicity or
even gender, sometimes differences in life expectancy or in quality of life. Our goal and public health is to reduce these inequities and to try to create the circumstances by which everyone can live their full potential and improve their quality of life. So welcome to a learning organization. We're pretty excited about the work that we do, but we also recognize that as we do our work, we value highly innovation, we value individual contributions. But that doesn't mean that we've got it all perfect. You're coming into a learning organization just as we expect you to learn. Learn from the theory, learn from the reading, learn from your writing and your group work. We also want you to know that we understand we're not perfect. And as an organization, we may make some flaws, we may have areas that we can improve, and I know that's true. So as an organization, we want to be a learning organization. Help us be the best we can be. If you observe things that could be done better, if you want to be part of making an improvement, we welcome that input. We want to do as good as we can for you today and tomorrow. I hope you'll be a proud alumnus and you'll want to help us even as you graduate to continue to do better. So that learning organization commitment means you do your best, you help us to do our best and we work together to make important improvements. You learn from us and we learn from you. And that's part of being being in an educational system. So we want you to go above and beyond just what's the minimum necessary to get the best grade. But really to think about what what does it mean to really learn and to move beyond just the minimum expectations but put your heart and soul in this thing work, let's work together. And I think that you will find that old maximum you get what you put into it to be the case with the Richard M. Fairbanks as a student, get as much as you can out of being a student.
This is a terrific campus. Indianapolis is a great place to be and to learn. Get involved. We know that students that get involved above and beyond what may be the minimum required, will actually learn more, do more, and get more. And so to that end, I would suggest to you try new things. This is a place where you ought to feel comfortable in stretching and growing and trying new things. This is a safe space. And if you don't feel like it's safe, let me know because we need to make this as safe as possible so that you can learn and grow and stretch. And please do that as you think about your career with us at the school. We really appreciate you and we want you to have a great experience as a student. We treasure you as an alum, and we welcome you as a member of the public health family. So it is with great pleasure and honor that I welcome you as a new student and I wish you the very best. I know that I can speak for all of the Deans and faculty, we want you to be successful. Please let us know what we can do to be helpful to you. And again, we wish you the best and welcome to the Fairbanks School of Public Health.
Welcome New MPH Students
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Hello and welcome to the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health! My name is CaroIe Kacius and I am the Associate Dean for Education. I am so happy you decided to join our MPH Program! I look forward to getting to know you over the next couple of years.
This presentation will provide an overview of the MPH student handbooks, policies, and program competencies. We will also explore opportunities to get involved in student government and interprofessional education. Let’s get started.
First, I’ll talk about the MPH Student handbooks, which are available on the school’s website.
There are 3 handbooks on the website that will be of particular interest to you:
- MPH Student Handbook
- MPH Internship Handbook for the Applied Practice Experience
- MPH Final Project Handbook for the Integrated Learning Experience
These handbooks can be accessed by clicking on the “Student Portal” tab in the upper right hand corner of the school’s homepage. You may need your CAS (or Central Authentication Service) log-in to access the handbooks.
The MPH Student Handbook provides information on the mission, values, policies and resources of the campus and school. The mission of our school is to cultivate innovative, interdisciplinary, community engaged education, research and service, and prepare leaders in public health and health care.
Our vision as a school is to be a leader in improving the health of the people of Indiana, the nation and the world.
Faculty, staff and students came together a number of years ago to develop our core values. They support our vision, shape our culture and reflect what the school believes. These 8 core values are truly the essence of our school’s identity.
Next, let’s look at several key campus and school policies. One of them is the timeframe in which you should complete the MPH program. Whether you enroll part-time or full-time, you will have up to 5 years to complete the MPH program. Keep in mind that students who do not complete the program within a 5-year window will need to reapply to the program.
Another policy pertains to GPA and course grades. As an MPH student, you will need to maintain a 3.0 GPA to remain in good academic standing. In each of your courses, you will need to earn a grade of “B” or better in order for the credits to count toward graduation. If a “B-” or lower is earned, the credits will not count toward the MPH degree.
If you need to withdraw from a course, you may do so anytime during the first 8 weeks of a fall or spring semester course. If you want to request a withdrawal after the first 8 weeks, you will need the signature of your instructor. Withdrawals occurring late in the semester are rarely granted, and require the Dean’s signature.
An “I” grade can be requested if you are experiencing a hardship or illness that makes finishing the course unreasonable or even impossible. You must be doing satisfactory work in the course in order to request an “I” grade from your instructor. After the semester ends, you will have up to 12 months to remove the “I” grade.
“R” grades are typically used for internships or projects that take more than a semester to complete. Once the internship or project is finished, the “R” will be converted to a grade.
All MPH are assigned a faculty advisor in their concentration. You should meet with your faculty advisor before you begin your internship and before starting your final project or capstone course. Your faculty advisor is here to help and provide guidance as you navigate the program, so feel free to make an appointment to meet with your advisor in person or remotely via Zoom each term, if you’d like.
If you need to take a leave of absence for personal or financial or health reasons, talk to your faculty advisor about it and take the time you need to get your life back in order. While on a LoA, the time away from school is not included in that 5-year window we talked about earlier.
The next policy we’ll discuss is the order in which you should register for your courses. You should take P510 Intro to PH and P511 Biostatistics & Epidemiology BEFORE you register for P512 Communication & Leadership and P513 Program Planning, Evaluation and Management.
During each of these 4 core courses, you will participate in a campus-wide interprofessional education or IPE experience. There will be one IPE experience or ANCHOR associated with each core course. All MPH students must complete IPE Anchors 1, 2, 3, and 4 as part of the core. More information will be included in your syllabus. You will see an IPE fee included in your bursar bill to cover the campus wide IPE anchors.
Course evaluations are administered at the end of each term. Please complete them. We value your opinion, and we want to use your feedback to improve our courses. All course evaluations are anonymous and administered by BLUE, the online course evaluation system. We strive to obtain high response rates on our course evaluations, so please take the time to complete them.
If you are taking courses on campus, and the weather in inclement, consult your instructor and use your best judgment about coming to class. Instructors will notify students of course cancellations through the CANVAS course site. Always contact your instructor if you are going to be late or absent from a class session.
Finally, we’ll spend a few minutes reviewing the campus policies regarding professionalism and academic integrity.
They are outlined in the IUPUI Code of Student Rights, Responsibility and Conduct.
The code explains expectations for academic integrity and civility.
Academic integrity includes avoidance of plagiarism of any kind. If you are uncertain what constitutes plagiarism, consult the IUPUI tutorials, available through the library titled “Exploring Academic Integrity, A Self-Guided Tutorial”. It will help you understand the principles of when you must cite and demonstrate citation software available to help you track your sources as you write your papers.
To ensure originality of thought and writing, many instructors will run students’ papers through Turn It In.com, which is available in your Canvas course sites. We’ve covered a little about Academic Integrity, now let’s turn to Civility.
IUPUI fosters a climate of civility and mutual respect for others. The IUPUI Code specifically outlines what is the expected of all students attending this institution.
The MPH student handbook provides a summary of the many campus and school resources available to you as a student, including Adaptive Educational Services, libraries, student financial services, student health services, and the university writing center to help you with your papers before you submit them. We’ve looked at some of the information in the handbooks … and now let’s turn to a discussion about the MPH competencies that will be covered in the courses you’ll be taking.
There are 22 foundational competencies assessed of all students in the MPH program, regardless of the concentration.
The first 4 competencies deal with evidence-based approaches to public health.
The next 2 deal with public health and health-care systems.
The next 5 deal with planning and management to promote health.
The next 4 deal with policy in public health.
There are 2 competencies on leadership.
3 on communication
1 on interprofessional education or IPE
And 1 on systems thinking
The MPH program has an active student government, and there are numerous ways to get involved!
If you’d like to serve as a leader in student government, just let us know! Opportunities to participate in student government are available to all students, whether they are enrolled on campus or online.
Student government leaders participate in school curriculum committee meetings, serve on the MPH community practice committee, and meeting with the dean and me on a regular basis (usually several times each semester) to provide input on the direction of the school.
We touched a bit on IPE, and now I’ll elaborate a bit further on what you can expect.
IPE provides an opportunity for public health students to learn and interact in teams with other health professionals. For students who are enrolled in the online MPH program, IPE experiences are available online.
When you get out in public health practice, you’ll find that it takes collaborate community practice to address our world’s complex public health problems.
These IPE experiences will help you prepare for collaborative community practice through 6 learning anchors, the first 4 of which are associated with the 4 core courses in the MPH program. The last 2 anchors are associated with the internship and final project. I hope you will take advantage of these opportunities to learn with, from and about other health professionals.
We’re about at the end of this presentation, but before we conclude, I wanted to reiterate what a wonderful campus this is – rich with resources to help you flourish as a student in the public health program!
I also want to remind you that our school’s website offers excellent resources and information about the curriculum in each program, sample plans of study and class schedules.
In conclusion, please know that we are excited that you’ve chosen the Fairbanks School of Public Health and we hope to hear from you throughout your time with us. We value your feedback and hope that you’ll share your thoughts with us at the conclusion of each course and when we distribute annual student satisfaction surveys. You’re also welcome to schedule appointments to meet with faculty and staff to share your input.
My door is always open and I would love to hear from you! Please send an email message or stop by any time you’d like to discuss something. Again, welcome to the Fairbanks School of Public Health!!
School and Campus Resources
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Hi everyone. My name is Rachel Hinrichs, and I'm the liaison librarian to the School of Public Health. I'm specialized in public health information and have a background in nutrition science. Some of you may not have worked with a librarian before but we are essentially free Research Help. One of my favorite sayings is work smart not hard. If you spend more than 20 minutes looking for a resource, such as an article, contact me. Librarians spend a lot of time in the databases and can find what you need quickly. You're going to be very busy as graduate students. So make sure you spend your time wisely and use the resources available to you. Here's what we're going to go over for this orientation. Most involves how to find and access public health resources through the library website and the Public Health Research Guide. So there are five libraries on IUPUI's campus. The University Library is the main library, but we also have four professional libraries including the Medical Library. You are welcome to study in and check out resources from any of the libraries on campus. So you won't be kicked out of the dentistry law library for example, if you're not a dentistry student.
Also electronic access to
resources is the same across all the libraries. So if you access a database through the university library's homepage, that is the same accesses that you would get from going through the medical library's homepage. In the university library, we have more than 200 computers for students to use with printing access. The third floor is the quiet floor for solo study. The fourth floor is for group collaborative work. We also have group study rooms of varying sizes for reserve. There's also a virtual and augmented reality lab and a 3d printing studio available for students. If you need help with writing, the University Writing Center is located in the library and does one on one appointments. This is the homepage at the university library. The URL is here at the bottom. You could also just Google IUPUI University Library and it should be the first one to come up. I
recommend bookmarking this page. If you need help, you can use this "ask us" button to talk to a librarian. We have a chat service that runs Monday through Friday 10 to 6pm. That's good for just general research questions or reference questions like, "How can I access this article?" If you need more specialized help with public health research, there will also be a link here where you can make an appointment with me. The default search box is called One Search. This is a discovery layer that searches across all the library databases and the catalog. It's really a very broad search that covers every discipline on campus. Right now it's really designed more for undergraduates who we are transitioning away From just using Google for research. As graduate students, you should really be using more of the public health and medicine specific databases, which I'll show you in a bit. So at this point for you all, I wouldn't bother using One Search. You can toggle back and forth on the website between One Search and IUCAT.
So if you want to, if you click on IUCAT, you'll be able to search just books across all Indiana University campuses. If you find another book from another campus, say Bloomington, you'll also be able to request that book gets sent to our campus for pickup.
When searching IUCAT, you may notice that some of the newer books 2018 on have this, "Get This for IUPUI" button. This is part of our new books on demand program. If you are interested in one of these books, you can request that we purchase either a print or electronic version. The book will then be bought and put on hold for you. This is an effort to give students more choice in the books we purchase, and more books will be available in the catalog for you to select from.
At this point while you are here, you will likely run into a paywall at some point for an article that you want. Or you may find that you need a book that's not available and IUCAT. Do not purchase articles or books. We can get you these for free through interlibrary loan. In fact, this is part of what your tuition pays for. The one exception to this is textbooks. Technically, we cannot purchase textbooks for everyone as per agreements with publishers. That being said some textbooks may be available through IUCATs and always check there first and we could try to get you a copy through interlibrary loan. That is not a for sure thing but we will do our best. Otherwise if it's just an article or book that you need for your research that is fair game and we will get you those resources for free. Because using interlibrary loan is really important, I'm going to give you a quick demo on how to access it here. So if you're on the University Library homepage and you click interlibrary loan, you'll need to first login using your regular IUPUI username and passphrase. I'll do that here.
Okay, so if you look over here under new request,
you're able to request articles, books, book, chapters, conference papers, theses, and so on. So all you'll need to do let's say you want to book if you click the new request form,
they'll just fill out the information about the
book. We don't even need all this information, just the stuff with astericks. you'll submit the request and then the book will be delivered to the library of your choice university library or Medical Library most likely for you to go pick up. For articles, there's a couple of different forms that you can use. If you use the
simple article request form,
you'll be able to just copy and paste the title of the book, or possibly the citation or DOI. And it'll try to locate an open access version
of that article for you.
If it does not find an article, you can still use the advanced article request form. Fill out the citation information about the article, submit your request, and we'll send you a PDF of that article to your email within a day.
Okay, so back to the library homepage. So I mentioned don't use One Search, you should use public health databases. There's several different ways you can get to these databases. Real straightforward one is just to click this button here that says databases. This will take you to a list of all the databases that
we have on campus.
Once you're at this list, it is called the A to Z Database List. You can filter using the "subjects" drop down here, just a public health and health administration databases.
Another way to access databases as well as public health data sources, citation information, tutorials, and other public health resources is to go to the Public Health Research Guide.
One way to get there is just to
click on the guides button on the homepage.
If you click on that button, you'll get to this big list of all of our subject guides. If you open up the public health guide box here, you'll see links to four different public health
guides. The main one is the one with the star here,
just the Public Health and Health Administration guide.
But I also have a few specialized guides for Health Statistics, Global Health, and Opiate Addiction and Treatment.
The link to the main guide is also this URL.
Another perhaps, even easier way to get to the library research guide is through your canvas classes. So Canvas is the course management system. So whenever you're in a public health Canvas class, you should look for the library research guide tab. If you click on that, the research guide is embedded directly into Canvas. I'll show
you a few things on the research guide.
It's designed to quickly
get you where you need to go based on resources you need, such as I need to find articles, books, evidence-based public health resources, or questions you may have. So I need help with finding Full Text citing, an APA, searching literature etc. So I'm going to go ahead and click on "I need to find articles" and that's most of what you'll be doing. So these are all links out to Article Databases. Another way to get to the article databases, I have them grouped first by database best bets. So this is the most used databases by public health students. So for example, PubMed is the biggest biomedical database, you may even have used that one before. And there's also ProQuest Public Health, which is one of the only core public health databases out there. Otherwise, I have it grouped by different concentrations like health services and administration type databases, more biomedical databases that also have more epidemiology information, social behavioral databases, and environmental health.
Public Health tends to be very interdisciplinary. So
most likely, you're going to need to access multiple databases in order to get all of the research that you need.
So going back to the homepage.
One question that I get asked a lot is getting off campus access to resources. So that link took you directly to a box about how to access resources off campus, most library resources are IP restricted, meaning that if you are on campus using IU Secure wireless, you can connect to any resource. But if you're off campus, you won't be able to do that unless you do one of two things. So one is to always access Databases and Articles and IU cache through the library's web page.
So if you click on
a link to a database off campus, it's going to ask you to authenticate using your IUPUI login. Once you log in, you'll have access just like you're on campus until you close out your browser window, and then you would have to re-authenticate. If you don't want to keep re-authenticating every single time you close out your browser. The other way to do it is to set up a VPN link. So our VPN on campus is called Pulse Secure. You can download Pulse Secure through IUware. Make sure you carefully read through this KB document which has all the information on how to configure the VPN. But the real benefit to using the VPN is once you log in, you don't have to keep re-authenticating. You'll have access to everything just like you are on campus. And lastly, if you're using a mobile device, instead of the VPN, you'll need to use the Citrix
receiver link. And the link to that is there as well. All right, go back to the homepage.
One last thing that I want to show you that I think will be really helpful is the citation management tools.
So I wish I had known about these tools in undergrad because
they would have been saved me a whole lot of time. So what all three of these tools do is keep track of your references on the one to use in a paper. And then when you're actually writing your paper in Word, you'll be able to insert a citation in whatever format you want, such as APA. It will all be perfectly formatted, you won't have to worry about italics and semicolons and commas and all that kind of stuff. So it really saves you a lot of time, I highly recommend it. We support three of them here: EndNote, Mendeley, and Zotero. I do have a chart here that compares these three citation managers. Generally, I recommend Mendeley or Zotero. They're easier to use than EndNote, and they're also free. EndNote has a lot more functionality, but it will cost money after you graduate and just has a higher learning curve. But whatever one you choose, there is a guide available to walk you through how to get it set up and how to use it and also download links. I'm also available to help you set these up if you need additional help.
And last but not least on any of the guides
that I have, my contact information is always on the left hand side, you can email me. I do have an appointment scheduler that's linked to my calendar so you can select a time that works for you. It'll go right on my calendar, and I will do in-person or virtual meetings, whatever works best for you. Okay, so that was a lot of information to remember. But if you can only remember a few things, um, here's what I'd recommend. So one, don't buy articles or books with the exception of your textbooks. We can get these for you for free. Two, use a citation manager it will save you a lot of time. In fact, I recommend getting it set up before you start your classes.
Three if you're off campus, Make sure to always Access databases through the library website or set up the VPN.
And for contact me if you need any help with your research assignments, or using library resources, thank you
Intro to Canvas and UITS Services
Professionalism and Integrity in Academics
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Welcome. I am Amelia Hurt, director of career and professional development at the Fairbanks School of Public Health. Today's presentation will focus on the Applied Practice Experience, or APE for short, which is the required internship in the Master of Public Health program. First, we are going to touch upon a few of the services that we provide to students and alumni. One of the most important resources we can provide our students and alumni is one-on-one career coaching. This allows us to get to know you as an individual and focus on your needs and goals. We cover everything from resume and cover letters to networking with other alumni, and even looking at your LinkedIn profile. We also provide several career events and other related programming throughout the academic year, some of which are panel discussions with alumni, career expos that are offered across the campus community, and other networking events.
Now, on to the Applied Practice Experience.
Again, our objectives for this portion of the presentation are to cover some of the most commonly asked questions; find out how students can attain their experiences; touch upon a few important resources; review required forms and documents; and then discover a little bit about the progression and process for completing the experience.
Students must have completed their MPH core courses prior to logging any APE hours. For example, a full-time student beginning in the fall semester would be eligible to begin their experience at the end of the following spring semester. In rare instances, a faculty advisor may give permission for a student to begin an experience prior to completing all the required coursework. This is extremely rare, and written permission from the faculty advisor must be received by the Office of Career and Professional Development before authorization can be granted. Students who are considering starting their Applied Practice Experience should begin looking for an agency or organization that has a public health focus. This can range from working with the Indiana State Department of Health to a nonprofit organization that works with communities focused on public health outcomes. Please remember, the experience must align with the core and concentration competencies of the program. Ultimately, students will need to complete 240 hours, 160 of those hours are required onsite.
Students find their internship experiences in many ways. It is important to note that students are required to secure their own experiences, but there are several resources to assist students in this process. The MPH Internship Database catalogs all previously completed experiences and is a great way to begin your search for a potential site. Career Link is the school of public health’s online job and internship portal. Additionally, the Office of Career and Professional Development sends a weekly e-newsletter with job and internship opportunities. Students are also encouraged to consult with their faculty advisor, or make a one-on-one consultation appointment with our office to discuss options. If a student knows of an institution that they have an interest in pursuing, they should feel free to reach out directly.
The student portal is an important resource for MPH students throughout their studies. Today we are going to discuss a few of the required forms and the internship database in more detail. The student portal link is found on the main landing page of the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health website in the upper right hand corner. The MPH Applied Practice Experience: Internship Database is the tool that we recommend students begin their exploration. The Office of Career and Professional Development has catalogued all prior MPH experiences, and users can sort these experiences by organization, concentration, and internship focus, as well as by semester. This is a great tool to see the established partnerships and organizations the school works with.
Next, we will cover a few important documents. Before selecting or communicating with an internship site students should first consult the MPH Handbook. The handbook details everything from start to finish, including eligibility requirements, required documentation, and the process of completing the experience. The proposal template can be downloaded so that students can work through all the required information found on the online form. It is also a great tool when discussing your experience with a potential preceptor or your faculty advisor, so that you may obtain conditional approval for the experience. The internship agreement form process is completely online, which is why we highly recommend utilizing this downloadable form so you can work through the components. In a few minutes, we will look at the progression of the MPH APE process, but first we are going to take a quick look at a few of these documents online so you can familiarize yourself with their location.
Now, we are going to do a quick walkthrough of the progression for the APE. As stated before, it all begins with your electronic proposal or agreement form. This will automatically route to your preceptor and faculty advisor for their review and signature. Once this is completed, the Office of Career and Professional Development receives a notification; we will then send you a course authorization email. Once you receive the course authorization email you may begin logging hours at your site and enroll in your course. In this course authorization email, you will receive a link to the online Hours Log. This link is also found under the student portal in the forms area. Students may choose to log their hours weekly or bi weekly; in addition to recording your hours, you are also required to record accompanying reflective statements about your experience. It is important to note that the hours log system will send you a new email link, in which you will use to enter your hours either weekly or bi weekly.
At 120 hours, the system will automatically send both you and your preceptor a midpoint evaluation; the evaluations will also be forwarded to your faculty advisor. At the midpoint, students are required to make a meeting with their faculty advisor within two weeks. This short meeting is simply to discuss your progress in your experience. This meeting can take place face-to-face; on the phone; via email; or even a zoom call.
The next piece of the puzzle is the 200 Hours Form. This form is found under the student portal, again under forms. This is an important piece of your progression, as it notifies the appropriate people in the Student Services area of your next steps. Students will be required to register for either a capstone course or an independent research project. Please be aware that some concentrations mandate either a capstone course or an independent research project. If you do not know what your concentration requires, please consult the Integrated Learning Experience Handbook found under the forms section.
Once a student logs 240 hours, the system will send a final evaluation to both the student and the preceptor. The final student evaluation is where you will upload your required work products. These two work products are very flexible in format and will be reviewed by your faculty advisor. It is possible that these two work products will differ from those originally stated on your proposal. Once this process is completed, the student will be eligible to receive a grade at the end of the term.
We highly encourage students with questions to make a one-on-one consultation appointment with our office. Please reach out at any time during your studies; we look forward working with you!