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Frequently Asked Questions for PHASE Preceptors

What Kind of Projects Qualify as PHASE Internships?

PHASE Internships should be developed based on a public health practice need. The main objective is to expose Bloomberg School graduate students to various aspects of public health practice in a public health practice setting. Projects should focus less on academic research and data ‘crunching’ and more about the impact(s) of the project on public health policy. To see the types of projects PHASE Interns have participated in, please click here.


How Long Should a PHASE Internship Last?

PHASE Internships cover three academic terms. Bloomberg School students have a January Intersession and break which runs from December 23, 2016 – January 23, 2017. If you require your intern to work through the Intersession, please indicate that on the Internship Application.

The duration for the 2016-2017 program is:

  • 2nd-4th terms:  October 27, 2016 – May 19, 2017 (exception of winter intersession)

How Much Time Should I Expect My PHASE Intern to Devote to the Internship?

PHASE Interns are expected to spend a minimum of 6-8 hours per week, on-site, towards their internship. This is an expected average, and from week-to-week, the time spent on-site should be negotiated with the student. Most interns are full-time students, and therefore will have relatively demanding academic schedules. 


How Many Interns Can I Precept?

It is recommended that each preceptor only be responsible for one intern. If your project requires more than one intern, please consider revising the project description so that it can be submitted as separate and distinct projects with separate supervisors/preceptors.


Which Agencies Can Participate in PHASE?

Due to the rigor of Bloomberg School graduate programs, and therefore, the limited amount of time students can spend traveling, PHASE internships are limited to organizations within a 30-minute travel distance (by car) from Baltimore city to the public health agencies.

The following agencies are eligible:

  • Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH)
  • Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE)
  • Maryland General Assembly
  • Baltimore City Health Department
  • Baltimore County Health Department
  • Anne Arundel County Health Department
  • Harford County Health Department
  • Howard County Health Department

If you are interested in having a Bloomberg School graduate student as an intern, but are not one of the agencies in the above list, please contact Paulani Mui at who will be able to assist you in project development and placement.


Who Selects My PHASE Intern?

The PHASE Course Faculty and the Program Manager serve as the PHASE Admission Committee and review the applications submitted by students. From this list, they select no more than 5 interested and qualified students and ask the Preceptor to interview student(s).  The preceptor is given about 2 weeks to complete the interviews.  Interviews will be from September 26 - October 12, 2016. These interviews can be in person or over the phone, and do not need to be more than 15 minutes in length. The preceptor then informs the PHASE Program Manager of the student(s) they wish to host. A couple of weeks later, preceptors and students are informed of final placements.


How Do I Submit a PHASE Project Description?

Preceptors can submit PHASE project descriptions through the Practicum Opportunity Site.  Review detailed instructions about how to submit an opportunity HERE.

Please note that it is of the utmost importance that prospective preceptors provide as much detail in their internship description. If there are specific skills and qualifications you would like your intern to possess, please provide this information when you submit an internship.


Who Can I Contact for More Information?