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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) and the Bloomberg School. 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 (JHSPH). Students must be currently enrolled in JHSPH as a graduate student in order to be eligible for PHASE.


What are Prerequisites/Registration Requirements of PHASE?

All PHASE students are required to register for PHASE Internship Course class 308.851.01 for three consecutive terms for at least two credits per term.

PHASE commences in the 2nd academic term (end of October). Students participating in PHASE must commit to all 3 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.


What are the Program Requirements for PHASE?

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 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 12, 2017.  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.

Student applications deadline for the 2016-2017 academic year is September 19, 2016 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.  Students must be available from September 26 - October 12, 2016 for interviews (via phone or in person). 


How Do I Find More Details Before Applying?

Please send an email to if you would like more details.


How Do I Apply for a PHASE Internship?

The application period for the 2016-2017 PHASE program has closed. Please check back in September 2017 for information on the 2017-2018 PHASE program.

Who Can I Contact for More Information?