Public Health FAQ

  1. What can I do with this degree?
    Students with a public health degree may pursue a variety of different paths, including master’s programs, certifications, professional school, and much, much more! The job outlook for public health majors is growing rapidly! Check out what past alumni are up to
  2. What is a capstone experience?
    A capstone experience can be an internship or an assistantship designed to provide supervised entry-level public health practical experiences. An internship takes place within a community setting, such as government agencies, voluntary health organizations, hospitals, corporate worksites, or K-12 schools. An assistantship is an on-site experience, within UMD, and led by a faculty member within the public health department. 
  3. How do I prepare for a capstone experience? 
    HLTH 4000, Health Education Specialist, a 4-credit course, should be completed before pursuing a capstone experience. This course will lead you through the policies and expectations outlined in this internship manual. During this course you will also identify your public health interest areas, identify potential agencies for your internship, update your resume and cover letter, and conduct informational interviews. You will gain an in-depth understanding of the eight  areas of responsibility for a Certified Health Education Specialist and apply those skills in a community based setting.
  4. Where can I find an internship?
    Typically, students begin looking for their internship one or two semesters prior to participating. Students must complete prerequisite coursework before beginning an internship. Students must complete an affiliation agreement with their desired internship site. This agreement allows the student to receive internship credit through UMD. Students are responsible for finding an internship site, interviewing for the internship position, being accepted as an intern, and getting approval from the Public Health Internship Coordinator for any and all Public Health internship experiences. While students are strongly encouraged to pursue internships that reflect a health-related topic and geographical area of great interest to them, final approval of a site must be granted by the Public Health Internship Coordinator.  No credit will be given if a student fails to obtain approval from the Public Health Internship Coordinator. 
  5. What are ways that I can get involved with the public health program outside of the classroom?
    UMD Public Health Majors and Minors are truly a community! Outside of the classroom, many students are involved in public health-related activities. One club that you can join on campus is the Public Health Student Group (PHSG), which is comprised of students interested in public health! Another way students can be involved in public health, and earn credit is by participating as a health coach or lab assistant. 
  6. If I have questions regarding classes, declaring a public health major/minor, or how to be placed with an advisor, who should I contact?
    The College of Education and Human Service Professions (CEHSP) advising office is always happy to help answer any questions you may have, along with our wonderful faculty! Ann Miller, [email protected], is the director of CEHSP and one of her many responsibilities is to advise public health majors and minors. Students can book an appointment with Ann online, or feel free to stop into the CEHSP advising office located in 125 Bohannon Hall.