Frequently Asked Questions for PHASE Interns
What is PHASE?
PHASE is a non-paid, for-credit placement program sponsored in partnership with the Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DHMH), the Bloomberg School and the Mid-Atlantic Public Health Training Center (MAPHTC). PHASE offers opportunities for Bloomberg School public health graduate students to apply academic knowledge and theory in real-world professional practice settings. The primary goal of PHASE is to enrich Bloomberg School academic degree programs with hands-on public health practice experience. Additionally, by working directly on-site, students develop a better appreciation of how the organization functions on a daily basis and gain insight into the public health decision-making process.
Who is PHASE Appropriate For?
PHASE is open to all students enrolled in graduate degree programs at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
What are Prerequisites/Registration Requirements of PHASE?
All PHASE students are required to register for PHASE Internship Course class 308.851.01 for at least two consecutive terms for at least two credits per term.
There are two rounds of PHASE internships available. The first round of PHASE commences in the 2nd academic term (end of October) the second round of PHASE begins in the 3rd academic term (end of January). Students participating in either round of PHASE must commit to a minimum of 2 terms.
All PHASE students are expected to abide by the Bloomberg School Academic Ethics Code. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the Academic Ethics Module and review these guidelines, particularly the definitions of academic dishonesty, and to be sure they understand the actions and potential consequences when in violation of the code. Additionally, the students are expected to abide by DHMH policies. The Preceptor will review these policies with the student.
PHASE requires the completion of the following:
- A public health practice experience involving average of 6-8 hours/week spent at the hosting agency) over 2-3 academic terms
- Attendance at the PHASE orientation lunch
- Attendance at check-in meetings once a term with PHASE course faculty (other meetings as needed)
- Submission of PHASE Student Monthly Update Reports on the 15th of each month
- An internship agreement form to be completed with the preceptor
- A concept paper outlining goals and intent of project
- A final paper highlighting the student's experience, results, and lessons learned
- A 15-minute oral presentation of the student's experience at the mandatory final PHASE symposium at DHMH on Friday May 8, 2015. Symposium attendance includes course faculty, preceptors and other interested public health practitioners and academicians
What is the Selection Process for PHASE Interns?
Students are required to submit an online PHASE application.
Round 1 student applications deadline for the 2014-2015 academic year is September 17, 2014 at 11:59 p.m.
Round 2 student applications deadline for the 2014-2015 academic year is November 26, 2014 at 11:59 p.m.
After students submit an application, the PHASE Admission Committee will review the applications and select up to 3 organizations for each student to interview with (interviewing does not guarantee placement). After the interviews, the student informs the PHASE Program Manager of the organizations that they would accept as an internship site (and the preceptor informs the PHASE Program Manager of the student(s) they wish to host). A couple of weeks later, students and preceptors are notified of placements. For Round 1, students must be available from September 22 - October 8, 2014 for interviews (via phone or in person). For Round 2, students must be available from December 3 – December 15, 2014 for interviews (via phone or in person).
How Do I Find More Details Before Applying?
You can review the most recent PHASE Course Syllabus (Round 2, 2013-2014) for more detailed information about the course. The 2014-2015 syllabus is currently being updated. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more details.
How to I apply for a PHASE Internship?
You can review internships here: https://my.jhsph.edu/Resources/SearchTools/pos/Pages/home.aspx (select "PHASE Internships", under Type of Opportunity) starting on September 2, 2014. Link to the application: http://tinyurl.com/PHASEApp2014Round1.
Who Can I Contact for More Information?
Beth A. Resnick, MPH
PHASE Course Faculty
Jennifer X.T. Le, MPH
PHASE Course Faculty