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Office of Public Health Practice and Training

Opportunities for Students

The Bloomberg School offers a wide array of opportunities for students to participate in the real world of public health practice.

Students can engage in a range of practice activities with varying time commitments in Baltimore, across the nation, and globally. Opportunities range from one-time community service options and short-term projects to longer term for-credit internships, special projects, field experiences, and practice-based courses.

Below are examples of practice experiences available at the School.

Public Health Applications for Student Experience (PHASE) Internship (non-paid, for-credit) offers opportunities for public health graduate students to apply academic knowledge and theory in real-world professional practice settings. Placements are with local and state health departments and agencies. Eligibility: Bloomberg School masters and doctoral students.

Johns Hopkins Health Policy Internship (HPI) (non-paid, for-credit) offers the opportunity to gain experience and insight into how public health policy knowledge can be applied in real-world public health policy settings. Placements are with local, state, and federal policymakers in the MD/DC/VA region. Eligibility: Bloomberg School masters and doctoral students.

Baltimore Community Practicum course (non-paid, for-credit) is a field experience offered through SOURCE that allows public health graduate students to apply public health skills alongside experienced public health practitioners. Placements are with Baltimore City community-based organizations. Eligibility: Bloomberg School masters and doctoral students.

Practicum and Service-Learning courses are courses with real-world practice components, connecting students to outside organizations and agencies. Eligibility: Bloomberg School masters and doctoral students.

SOURCE provides many opportunities to engage with the Baltimore Community.

The Anna Baetjer Society for Public Health Practice (ABS) is an MPH student-run organization that enables students to augment their formal training with extracurricular public health experiences, service, and networking.  

The Public Health Practice Certificate provides formal education and training in public health principles, problem solving skills, quantitative methods, social and behavioral determinants of disease, organization and management of health programs, and preparation for new and emerging threats to the health of the public. Eligibility: Open to anyone who is not matriculated in a Bloomberg School degree program.