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 for 2020-2021 can be flexible in length, up through the end of the 2020-2021 academic year (early May 2021). Bloomberg School students have a Winter Intersession and break which runs from December 24, 2020 – January 24, 2021. If you require your intern to work through the Intersession, please indicate that on the Internship Application.
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, virtually, towards their internship. This is an expected average, and from week-to-week, hours worked 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?
In years past, PHASE has been limited to agencies within 30-minutes travel time (by car) from Baltimore City. However, in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all projects for 2020-2021 will be virtual and therefore all local and state public health agencies in Maryland are welcome to apply.
Who Selects My PHASE Intern?
The PHASE Course Faculty serve as the PHASE Admission Committee and review the applications submitted by students. From this list, they select no more than 3 interested and qualified students per project and ask the Preceptor to interview student(s). The preceptor is given about 2 weeks to complete the interviews. Interviews will be from October 9 – October 21, 2020. These interviews should be virtual and do not need to be more than 15 minutes in length. The preceptor then informs the PHASE Program Administrator 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?
Interested preceptors should contact Beth Resnick or Paulani Mui to learn more about the process for submitting a PHASE project for the 2020-2021 academic year.
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.