550.851.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 4th Term | 99 Credit(s)
  • Contact Information
    Beth A. Resnick
  • Course Learning Objectives

    Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

    • Apply academic knowledge and theory in a real world public health practice setting
    • Write a concept paper outlining the project aims, objectives, timeline, and specific deliverables
    • Perform background research and data analysis as necessary
    • Synthesize the PHASE experience and project findings in a final paper
    • Present the project at the PHASE symposium
  • Course Description
    Public Health Applications for Student Experience (PHASE), offers students the opportunity to gain real world public health practice experience. PHASE internships require students to synthesize, integrate and apply academic theory in public health practice settings. By working on-site, students see first-hand how public health agencies function and engage in public health decision-making on a daily basis.

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    PHASE is a non-paid, for-credit internship program sponsored in partnership with the Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DHMH), the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH), and the Mid-Atlantic Public Health Training Center (MAPHTC). It enables public health graduate students to gain insight on how a degree in public health can be applied to practice-based careers, outside academia. Internships are developed so that students synthesize and integrate knowledge acquired in course work and other learning experiences and apply theory and principles in a situation that approximates some aspect of professional practice.

    The primary goal of PHASE is to provide students with 'real-world' exposures and opportunities for hands-on experiences that are otherwise missing from the academic curriculum. A secondary goal of PHASE is to expose students to the environment of a state-level public health department. By working on a project on-site, students will develop a better appreciation of how a health department functions and be presented with the opportunity to participate in vital public health decision-making.

  • Intended Audience
    Appropriate for masters students but open to all degree candidates.
  • Methods of Assessment

    Students are evaluated on their field placement efforts, attendance at monthly check-in meetings with the PHASE support team, a concept paper, and a final paper and presentation.

    Additional Faculty Notes:

      5% Completion of Internship Agreement Form
      5% Attendance at PHASE Meetings (orientation, check-in meetings once a term, and others as announced)
      5% Submission of PHASE Student Monthly Update Report
    15% Course Director/Preceptor Evaluation of Concept Paper 
    20% Course Director/Preceptor Performance Evaluation
    25% Course Director/Preceptor/Program Manager Evaluation of Oral Presentation
    25% Final Paper


  • Prerequisites

    Application and placement process.

  • Course Schedule

    Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.

  • Academic Ethics Code

    Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.

  • Welcome Message

    Why Do We Need PHASE?

    In January of 2003, the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) published a report, which indicating that “approximately 42% of the current epidemiology workforce in state and territorial health departments lacks formal academic training in epidemiology and few engage in systematic research and publication activities.” CSTE issued the recommendation that states and territories needed increased epidemiology capacity with highly trained epidemiologists in greater numbers.

    Additionally, in late 2002, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) published a report titled, “Who Will Keep the Public Healthy: Educating Public Health Professionals for the 21st Century,” which outlined that in order to appropriately train future public health professionals (and in light of the aging workforce), it was necessary on the part of schools of public health for “classroom teaching [to] be substituted to the extent feasible by hands-on ‘rotations’ with agencies and organizations of the type in which trainees are being prepared to function.” In this same report, it was also recommended that the role of a public health agency regarding the training of public health professionals include “improve[d] practice experiences for public health students through support for increased numbers and types of agencies and organizations that would serve as sites for practice rotations.”

    Through PHASE, we hope to enhance the education of public health graduate students. Furthermore, by exposing students to public sector public health, we open doors to careers in local and state health departments, and thereby strengthen and add to the existing workforce.

  • Contact Information(from old syllabus)

    Jennifer Le
    Office: 615 N Wolfe St, Room W1504
    Tel: 410-502-8952

  • Course Objectives(from old syllabus)
    Additional Course Objective(s):

    The internship requires the completion of the following:

    • A public health practice experience involving average of 6-8 hours/week spent at the hosting agency) over 2-3 academic terms
    • Attendance at the PHASE orientation lunch 
    • Attendance at check-in meetings once a term with PHASE course faculty, and other meetings as needed
    • Submission of PHASE Student Monthly Update Reports on the 15th of each month
    • An internship agreement form to be completed with the preceptor 
    • A concept paper outlining goals and intent of project 
    • A final paper highlighting the student's experience, results, and lessons learned 
    • A 15-minute oral presentation of the student's experience at the mandatory final PHASE symposium at DHMH.  Symposium attendance includes course faculty, preceptors and other interested public health practitioners and academicians
  • Contact Information(from old syllabus)

    Jennifer Le
    Office: 615 N Wolfe St, Room W1504
    Tel: 410-502-8952

  • Disability Support Services
    If you are a student with a documented disability who requires an academic accommodation, please contact the Office of Student Life Services at 410-955-3034 or via email at