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How to apply for an internship at the Master's programme in Public Health Science

Are you studying the Master's programme in Public Health Science and want to apply for an internship? Choose between an internship course for 20 or 10 weeks. Here are some tips on possible internships and information on how to apply.

When?

During the second year, you will have the opportunity to complete an internship. Choose between two internship courses, either a 20 weeks course or a 10 weeks course. Read more about the courses and how to apply below.

Where?

You may intern in a number of settings, such as at a company, an organization, or in a research setting. You are ultimately responsible for finding an internship placement that matches your interests though opportunities will be continually shared with you by the course coordinator. Internships should have a clear connection to the field of public health and must be approved by the course coordinator before the internship begins.

Here are som tips on possible internships:

  • FoU R&D Primary Care for Region Västra Götaland (a centre for research and development in the field of welfare)
  • The Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, Sweden
  • RFSU (Swedish non-profit organization with a focus on sexual and reproductive health and rights)
  • Choices Program (help consumers make healthy choices)
  • IQVIA (collect data and give advanced analysis to healthcare system)
  • Boston Scientific (global life science company)
  • Cochlear (world-leading within hearing device implants)
  • Mahidol University in Bangkok (work with public health in an international environment)
  • Rajarata University i Sri Lanka (improve population health with local researchers)

20 weeks internship

MPH235 Public health work: interventions, implementation and evaluation, 30 hec 


About the course
The purpose of the course is to allow the students to gain knowledge of the assignments and conditions at work places relevant to public health work, and to give the opportunity to link theoretical knowledge to professional practice at a company, an organization, institution or public authority. The course is aimed at students who want a 20-week experience in an environment for public health work that enables deeper competence development in different areas of public health. The course is given during the fall semester, 30 hec.

Entrance requirements
In order to be accepted the grade pass is required for the courses MPH211 Public health science: foundations and applications (15 hec), MPH212 Health equality and the right to health (7.5 hec), MPH213 Qualitative methods in public health science (7.5 hec), MPH221 Epidemiology and biostatistics (15 hec) or equivalent, as well as completed the courses MPH222 Advanced course in health economics evaluation (15 hec) or MPH223 Social epidemiology: theories, methods and practical implications (15 hec).

More information
A random selection process can be applied if the number of applicants who meet the prerequisites exceeds the number of available course places. All requests or suggestions for internships must be notified to the course coordinators, who must make an assessment prior to the placement.

How to apply

  • Send a CV (see template on the internship resource page) to the course coordinator and potential hosts.
  • Send a letter of motivation (see template on the internship resource page on Canvas) to the course coordinator and potential hosts.

Only students who study the Master's programme in Public Health science can apply for MPH235.

You will receive information from the programme administrator about how to register.

10 weeks internship

MPH303 Public health work: intervention planning and evaluation, 15 hec 


About the course
The course MPH303 Public health work: intervention planning and evaluation will focus on practical application of public health theories and methods. The course contains a theoretical part in which the practical implications of previous courses are discussed, in particular how scientific methods can be used in evaluating targeted public health interventions. The course is given during the later part of the fall semester and lasts for 10 weeks (15 hec).

Entrance requirements
Qualification for admission to the course requires professional degree/Bachelor's degree of at least 180 credits in a health science, social science, science, economics, arts or engineering field of education and grade Passed/E in English B/English 6. In addition, the grade pass is needed on MPH211 Public health science: foundations and applications (15 hp), and MPH221 Epidemiology and biostatistics (15 hp) or equivalent.

Admission to the course also includes students who have passed the course MGH101 Global Health Issues in an Interdisciplinary Context (15 credits) and have a registration on the course MGH201 Governing health and illness in a global perspective (15 credits) or MGH202 Global health economics (15 credits).

Selection
Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 165 credits.

More information
All requests or suggestions for internships must be notified to the course coordinator, who must make an assessment prior to the placement.

How to apply if you are an MHG student taking MPH as free-standing 

*N.BYou can apply for the course MPH303 both as a programme student and if you study freestanding courses. To apply for this course, you do not need to attach a CV or motivational letter in your application.

 

If you are a program student, you do not apply via admissions.  You will receive information from the program administrator about how to register.

All interested students should send a CV and motivational letter to the course coordinator and potential hosts.

  • Send a CV (see template on the internship resource page) to the course coordinator and potential hosts.
  • Send a letter of motivation (see template on the internship resource page on Canvas) to the course coordinator and potential hosts.

Questions? Contact us

Monica Hunsberger
Course coordinator
monica.hunsberger@gu.se