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What kind of projects qualify as PHASE Internships?Preceptor

PHASE Internships should be developed based on a public health practice need. The main objective is to expose JHSPH graduate students to various aspects of public health practice in a state or local health department setting. Projects should be less about academic research and data ‘crunching’ more about the impact(s) of the project on public health policy. To see the types of projects PHASE Interns have participated in, please click here.

How long should a PHASE Internship last?

PHASE Internships should be developed to cover 16-24 consecutive weeks. The JHSPH academic calendar runs on a quarterly system, so PHASE begins with the 2nd Term (mid-October) and runs through the 3rd or 4th Term (mid-March or mid-May). JHSPH students have a January Intersession and Break which runs from mid-December through mid-January. If you require your intern to work through the Intersession, please indicate that on the Internship Application.

How much time should I expect my PHASE Intern to devote to the Internship?

PHASE Interns are expected to spend a minimum of 6-8 hours per week, ON-SITE, towards their internship. This is an expected average, and from week-to-week, the time spent at DHMH or at the LHD should be negotiated with the student. Most interns are full-time students, and therefore will have relatively demanding academic schedules. Please keep this in mind when negotiating the time that will be spent on the internship.

How many interns can I precept?

It is recommended that each preceptor only be responsible for ONE intern. If your project requires more than one intern, please consider revising the project description so that it can be submitted as separate and distinct projects with separate supervisors/preceptors.

Which agencies can participate in PHASE?

Due to the rigor of the JHSPH Graduate Program, and therefore the limited amount of time students can spend traveling, PHASE Internships will be limited to the following agencies:

  1. Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH)
  2. Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE)
  3. Baltimore City Health Department
  4. Baltimore County Health Department
  5. Anne Arundel County Health Department
  6. Harford County Health Department
  7. Howard County Health Department

If you are interested in having a Bloomberg School graduate student as an intern, but are not one of the agencies in the above list, please contact Jennifer Le at who will be able to assist you in project development and placement.

Who selects my PH​ASE Intern?

The PHASE Course Faculty and the Program Manager serve as the PHASE Admission Committee and review the applications submitted by students. From this list, they select no more than five interested and qualified students​ and ask the Preceptor to interview student(s). The preceptor is given about two weeks to complete the interviews. For Round One, interviews will be around the end of September/early October. For Round Two, interviews will be around early December. These interviews can be in person or over the phone, and do not need to be more than 15 minutes in lenght. The preceptor then informs the PHASE Program Manager of the student(s) they wish to host. A couple of weeks later, preceptors and students are informed of final placements.

How do I submit a PHASE project description?

Preceptors can submit PHASE project descriptions through the Practicum Opportunity Site here. Review detailed instructions about how to submit an opportunity here​.

Please note that it is of the utmost importance that prospective preceptors provide as much detail in their internship description. If there are specific skills and qualifications you would like your intern to possess, please provide this information when you submit an internship.

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