Many MPH students choose to fulfill the Program’s internship requirement in an international setting. Global health experiences provide an exciting opportunity for students to impact positive change in public health around the world. Students learn to view complex social issues from multiple viewpoints, communicate effectively and respectively across cultures, and develop an understanding of the international components of health.

Students interested in international internships can either seek out their own opportunities (pending Program approval) or work with the Program to identify an international internship in global public health. The international internship search and selection process will take several months and students are encouraged to consult the MPH Program’s suggested flowchart for guidance. Most students support their international internship through fundraising activities or self-fund. Limited funding is available on campus.

Program requirements for the internship – whether international or domestic – are equivalent. The Program does, however, facilitate required pre-departure safety training and orientation for international interns. MPH students are prohibited from pursuing international internships to countries listed on the State Department Travel Advisory website at LEVEL 3 and LEVEL 4. The internship requires 360 contact hours (approximately six weeks abroad) with a public health agency under the supervision of an experienced public health professional with the exception of MPH/DVM students. MPH/DVM students require 240 contact hours.

Recent international internships

  • Conducted a community needs assessment using Photovoice in Guatemala
  • Implemented a series of health education and promotion activities in Bolivia
  • Worked with a health promotion and environmental sanitation NGO in Ghana
  • Studied the health implications of the human-camel interaction in Kenya 

MPH Program Resources

International Opportunities List

Proworld Ghana – Contact Teejay Sethi for more information

International Internship Process Flowchart

Graduate Certificate in Global Public Health

MPH Internship Handbook

Ethical Conduct Agreement

University of Missouri Resources

International Center

International Center Registration

International Center Orientation Manual

Mizzou Student Health Center

External Resources

State Department Travel Warning

University of Minnesota Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety

Funding Resources

Mizzou Advantage Student Travel Awards

Public Health Student Opportunities Fund

For more information, contact:

Lynelle Phillips, Field Placement Coordinator

Tarunjot ‘Teejay’ Sethi, International Internship Coordinator