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Applied Health Policy Experience: Health Policy Internship

East Baltimore
4th Term
Health Policy and Management
Variable Credit
Academic Year
2023 - 2024
Instruction Method
Independent Study
Auditors Allowed
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year
Next Offered
2024 - 2025

All students must submit a required application and be approved for the course.

Interested in learning more about how policies can impact public health? Want to gain firsthand policymaking experience? The Johns Hopkins Applied Health Policy Experience: Health Policy Internship (HPI) is a for-credit graduate internship course in partnership with the Maryland General Assembly. Students in this course will gain policy experience by providing legislative assistance to their assigned policymaker throughout the legislative session. Additionally, HPI have been approved to fulfill the entire MPH Practicum requirement; students from other degree programs can check with their program directors about HPI fulfilling their applied learning experience requirements.
Provides JHSPH graduate students with experience and insight into the public health policy research and development process. Gains insight, while working directly with legislators, into the inner workings of the policy-making process, including legal research, stakeholder engagement, and coalition building. Allows interns to provide legislative assistance to the policymaker throughout the legislative session, including legal research and analysis, stakeholder engagement, and writing testimony, bills and amendments.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Apply academic knowledge and theory in a public health policy setting
  2. Perform policy-driven background research and analysis
  3. Engage with diverse stakeholders on specific policy-related issues
  4. Prepare materials to support policy efforts including but not limited to policy briefs, memos, position papers, written/oral testimony, and legislation
  5. Synthesize and share the HPI experience in a final symposium presentation
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 40% Participation
  • 30% Final Presentation
  • 10% Internship Agreement Form
  • 20% Preceptor Final Performance Evaluation
Enrollment Restriction
undergraduates are not permitted in this course
Special Comments

Selected interns are expected to spend a minimum of 6-8 hours in the internship while the Maryland legislative session is underway (January – April). Depending on the specific needs of the legislator, the student may need to travel to Annapolis, MD, during the course of the internship. Students must enroll in BOTH 3rd and 4th term to receive grade/credit. (Travel Restrictions Permitting)