Internship opportunity!

For Graduate and Undergraduate Public Health Interns

A small stipend is offered to help defray travel expenses.

PPH is the largest healthcare district in San Diego County, serving communities in an 800 square mile area including the communities – Escondido, Pala/Pauma/Valley Center, Poway/Rancho Bernardo/Rancho Peñasquitos, Ramona/Julian, and San Marcos.

PPH’s Community Outreach Department has health promotion programs designed to partner with community groups to address the health needs identified by PPH’s Community Needs’ Assessment. Through the Community Action Councils and its programs, targeting obesity and diabetes prevention and intervention, mental health issues of seniors, and substance abuse prevention to name a few, PPH is able to carry out its mission “to heal, comfort and promote health in the communities [it] serves.”

The PPH Community Outreach department has a long history of providing field placement and/or internship experience to many San Diego State University undergraduate and graduate Public Health students as well as students from other universities.
Student interns are involved in all aspects of program planning, implementation and evaluation of community health promotion projects. There are many opportunities for “hands on” “out in the community” experience. Interns are assigned a major project and are involved in one or more of the activities described below.

Examples of major projects are: diabetes intervention project at 5th grade and high school levels, training for visitors to address senior mental health issues, and Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug (ATOD) projects. Student interns also:

Coordinate community education and community events.

Make presentations on a variety of health topics.

Develop health promotion handouts and Power Point presentations.

Conduct research on health topics, best practices, and existing programs, in order to develop and expand community outreach efforts.

Develop community resource directories.

Help organize community efforts to participate in PPH system wide events such as the “Project 21 on Obesity/Diabetes”

Assist with program evaluation and reports.

Since student interns will develop their internship description and learning objectives based on the projects available at the time of their application and acceptance into the program, it is not possible to provide an exhaustive list of projects. Nonetheless, below is a list of possible MPH competencies that the internship can address:

Apply common descriptive techniques and terminology to characterize a public health problem in terms of magnitude, person, time and place.

Use information technology to access, evaluate, and interpret public health data.

Describe the importance of interpersonal and community factors in both the onset and solution of personal and public health problems.

Explain methods of ensuring community health safety and preparedness.

Identify individual, organizational and community concerns, assets, resources and deficits for social and behavioral science interventions.

Demonstrate team building, negotiation, and conflict management skills through dialogued and collaborative problem solving.

Develop public health programs and strategies responsive to the diverse cultural values and traditions of the communities being served.

Apply the principles of program planning, development, budgeting, management and evaluation in organizational and community initiatives

Describe steps, procedures and stakeholders appropriate for the planning, implementation and evaluation of public health programs, policies and interventions.

Prepare written and oral presentations of public health information for public health professionals and educated lay audiences.

Communicate public health information to lay and professional audiences.

Interested students should be enrolled in a health promotion major leading to a Bachelor’s degree or an approved MPH or PhD program. Proficiency in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint is required. Knowledge of Excel and SPSS is desirable. Interest in Community Based Services is recommended. Bilingual English/Spanish is desired.

Students are expected to work at least 10 hours per week or its equivalent for 3 credit units and up to 20 hours per week or its equivalent for 6 credit units. A stipend of $250-$500 will be provided at the end of the internship based on hours and experience.

There are two (2) positions available per semester and the application deadline is ongoing. Those who are interested are encouraged to apply all year round since positions might be open.

Kay Stuckhardt and Nancy Roy will provide institution orientation, overview of privacy and risk management issues and, day-to-day supervision and evaluation.

Kay Stuckhardt, MPH
Palomar Pomerado Health Palomar Pomerado Health
15255 Innovation Dr., San Diego, CA 92128 15255 Innovation Dr., San Diego, CA 92128
Phone: 760.807.8800
Nancy Roy 760.315.1000



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