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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).

Fall 2021 information will be posted in April. Please check the website for more details at that time. The below information applies to summer 2021 internships only.

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 Summer 2021, Health and Public Health students can take any two of the following courses that are not already needed for their degree plan.

HTH 3543 Growth and Development
HTH 3553 Emotional Wellbeing
HTH 3663 Program Planning and Evaluation
HTH 4513 Consumer Health

PUB 4043 Global Health (credit cannot be earned if taken SOC 4043 Global Health previously; identical course)

KIN 3103 Motor Development
KIN 4023 Exercise Psychology
KIN 4123 Introduction to Sport Psychology

PSY 3303 Psychological Perspectives on Gender
PSY 3523 Psychology of Adulthood and Aging
PSY 4253 Psychology of Health

SOC 3213 Medical Sociology
SOC 3223 Population Dynamics/Demography Techniques
SOC 3283 Poverty
SOC 3323 Introduction to Social Research
SOC 4023 Violence and Society

COM 3293 Intro to Health Communication


For students choosing the two course substitution, please note these guidelines:

  1. 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 is for Summer 2021 based on the schedule posted February 15, 2021. If there is a 3000 or 4000 course that you would like to take during summer for an internship substitution, please email publichealth.internship@utsa.edu and submit a request.

For students who want to complete an internship during Summer 2021, you will need to:

  • Review the PowerPoint lectures and Internship Manual below
    • Only remote internships are permitted for the academic year 2020-21; if the site cannot host you remotely, you cannot complete and internship with that agency
    • Because internships must be remote, a minimum of 200 hours is required.
  • Secure an internship site from the list on this page
  • Once a site is secured, complete the online Internship Overview Form and upload it with your signed Internship Site Guidelines Form and Remote Internship Plan Form at the website listed below
  • The deadline for internship paperwork is before 12noon Monday, May 3, 2021.

Frequently Asked Questions

Key Internship Documents

Summer 2021 Public Health Internship Process

Internship Manual

Remote Internship Plan Form

Internship Guidelines Form

Professionalism in Your Internship

Deadline: Summer 2021 internship paperwork must be submitted by 12noon Monday, May 3, 2021.

All internship paperwork should be submitted here: https://utsa.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3Qm3EkA7dV7uz9I

Health Agencies

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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