Each Master of Public Health Program student is required to complete a 360-hour internship in a public health agency under the supervision of an experienced public health professional. Internships become available through contacts with faculty, other students, and community partners, and through the limitless imagination of Master of Public Health Program candidates. During an internship, each student works under the supervision of a qualified preceptor and is engaged in a concrete and challenging public health project.

Please contact the appropriate Master of Public Health Program Field Placement Coordinator,  for more information about Master of Public Health Program internships.

(Health Promotion and Policy) Internship — Lynelle Phillips 

(Veterinary Public Health) Internship — Tom Rose

Master of Public Health students come to the program from backgrounds as varied as biology, political science, social work, animal science, communications and architecture. What unites them is the desire to effect positive change in the world by improving the health of communities and the quality of life here in Missouri and around the globe. Gifts to the Current Student Fund will enable MPH students to travel to national meetings to present posters, complete internships overseas in developing countries and raise awareness about public health to the camps community.

The MPH Program recognizes that rural public health internships are very valuable to student learning. To identify the barriers to place students in a rural settings for their field practicum, the MPH Program conducted a student survey in Fall 2017 semester. The results of the survey are available HERE.

This video describes the internship process.

Below is a sampling of the places where current and former Master of Public Health students have found internships:

  • The Office of Medicaid and Medicare in Washington, DC
  • The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
  • The Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services
  • The Institute for Advanced Policy Solutions at Emory University, Atlanta, GA
  • The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Jefferson City, MO
  • The City of Detroit Health Department, Detroit, MI
  • University of Missouri Hospitals and Clinics
  • The MU Sexual Health Advocate Peer Education (SHAPE) program