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Public Health
The internship experience (HTH 4936) is required for seniors seeking a degree in health or public health. It is required to complete the internship during the final semester of the degree. The internship gives the student an opportunity to apply and integrate the cognitive knowledge and skills developed in the classroom in real-world settings.

The major goals of the program are:

  • To prepare students for entry into the public health, community health, and health service related fields.
  • To ensure that graduates are knowledgeable regarding program development, planning, implementation and evaluation.
  • To ensure that graduates have internalized positive attitudes and values toward the mission and goals of health and public health fields.

Health and Public Health majors are eligible to apply for an internship if they have:

  • Completed all degree requirements of the major and support work.
  • A minimum UTSA GPA of 2.5.
  • For the fall and spring semesters interns need to be within 13 hours of graduation including the 6 hours of the internship. During the summer semester, interns need only HTH 4936 and HTH 4921 (if required for their degree).

Academic Year 2020-21 Public Health Internship Information

The internship provides valuable real-world, degree-related experience that can assist with decisions about interest, career paths and graduate school. While we strongly encourage students to secure an internship, the Department of Public Health realizes the challenges of the current situation. As a result, all Health and Public Health students who are expected to graduate in Fall 2020, Spring 2021 and Summer 2021 will have the option to substitute two (2) 3-credit courses to replace the 6-credit internship course HTH 4936.

For fall 2020, Health and Public Health students can take any two of the following courses that are not already needed for their degree plan.
• HTH 3303 Physical Activity and Health
• HTH 3513 Community Health
• HTH 3543 Growth and Development
• HTH 3553 Emotional Wellbeing
• HTH 3563 Child and Adolescent Health Promotion
• HTH 4513 Consumer Health
• PUB 4043 Global Health
• PUB 4053 Health Care System
• KIN 3103 Motor Development
• KIN 3113 Scientific Principles of Physical Activity
• KIN 3413 Instruction of Sports and Games
• KIN 4023 Exercise Psychology
• PSY 4253 Psychology of Health
• SOC 3203 Gerontology/Aging in Society
• SOC 3213 Medical Sociology
• SOC 3283 Poverty
• SOC 3323 Introduction to Social Research
• SOC 4023 Violence and Society
• SOC 4683 Health Disparities
• COM 3293 Intro to Health Communication

  1. For students choosing the two course substitution, please note the following guidelines:
    Courses must be taken during your final semester at UTSA.
  2. Previously taken courses will not be substituted for the internship class.
  3. If there are prerequisite courses that you have not taken, you will need to obtain permission from the instructor and department chair to enroll in those courses.
  4. Once you have registered for your two courses, please email your advisor so they can adjust your degree plan. In this email indicate if you need HTH 4921 and copy PublicHealth.Internship@utsa.edu so the department is aware of your decision and can register you for HTH 4921 if needed.
  5. The above list of classes applies to Fall 2020. The course listing will be updated for Spring 2021 and Summer 2021 once schedules are posted.

For students who plan on completing the internship during Fall 2020, you will need to:

  • Review the PowerPoint lectures and Internship Manual below
  • Secure an internship site from the list on this page
  • Once a site is secured, complete the Internship Overview Form and submit it with your signed Internship Site Guidelines Form and Contingency Plan Form online
  • NOTE: only remote internships are permitted for the academic year 2020-21; therefore, it is imperative that you complete and submit the Contingency Plan Form. This form documents that the site is willing to support a remote internship.
  • The deadline for internship paperwork is before 12noon August 1, 2020

Key Internship Documents

2020 Public Health Internship Process

Internship Manual

Contingency Plan Form Fall 2020

Internship Guidelines Form

Professionalism in Your Internship

Deadline: Internship paperwork must be submitted by 12noon August 1, 2020

All internship paperwork should be submitted here: https://utsa.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3l1ZDimhvRnw4fz


Internship Sites

Health Agencies

Research Agencies

Department of Public Health

Phone: 210-458-6023
Location: MB 3.324
The University of Texas at San Antonio
One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, TX 78249-1644