Department of Health Education and Behavior Internship Program

HSC4876 Health Education Internship

The health education internship is a graded practical experience in which the intern maintains a professional Health Educator workload in a community health or wellness setting.  The internship course (HSC4876) is a capstone experience designed as a culminating requirement for the Bachelor of Science in Health Education (BSHE) degree program.  As such, interns must have all coursework completed prior to beginning the internship.

The internship is meant to be a time of service and innovation to the supervising agency as well as a significant learning opportunity for the intern.  Only through a practical experience such as this can the efficient application of knowledge, ideas, and skills in a realistic work setting occur.  With this, both the intern and agency should benefit immeasurably.

The major objectives for the health education internship experience should enable the intern to:

  • Complete tasks required of a professional in the health education field.
  • Apply the knowledge and skills attained during course studies to practical community health and/or wellness issues.
  • Develop skills and increase knowledge in areas of interest within their specialization.
  • Contribute significantly to the activities, events, and projects of the internship agency.
  • Prepare for future employment or advanced education in the health education, or related fields.

Internship Guidelines and Responsibilities

The internship experience includes, but it not limited to, those agencies which employ health educators in a community/public health or worksite health promotion/wellness setting (public health units, voluntary health agencies, hospitals/clinics, hospital and corporate wellness centers, area health education centers, nonprofit health agencies).

Specific internship goals, objectives, and job duties will be communicated to the University Internship Coordinator via the Internship Application (due the semester prior to internship in HSC4800: Professional Development for Health Educators).  Evaluation of the internship goals, objectives, and job duties will be accomplished through bi-weekly reports, as well as the midterm and final evaluations.  The agency supervisor and intern will receive all necessary forms and instructions from the university supervisor prior to the beginning of the internship semester.  Note: HSC4876 will be run through e-Learning in Canvas (http://elearning.ufl.edu/).

Intern job duties should be based on the strengths, needs, and interests of the intern and agency.  However, intern job duties must align with the Responsibilities and Competencies of Health Educator Specialists (NCHEC, 2015).  The Seven Areas of Responsibility contain a comprehensive set of Competencies defining the role of the health education specialist. These Responsibilities serve as the basis of the CHES and MCHES exam. The NCHEC Responsibilities and Competencies of Health Educator Specialists are listed below.  Note: It is highly encouraged that interns complete a major project, start to finish, during the internship experience.

NCHEC Seven Areas of Responsibility:

    Area I:   Assess Needs, Resources and Capacity for Health Education/Promotion
    Area II:   Plan Health Education/Promotion
    Area III:  Implement Health Education/Promotion
    Area IV:  Conduct Evaluation and Research Related to Health Education/Promotion
    Area V:   Administer and Manage Health Education/Promotion
    Area VI:  Serve as a Health Education/Promotion Resource Person
    Area VII. Communicate, Promote, and Advocate for Health, Health Education/Promotion, and the Profession

Areas of Responsibility for Health Education Specialists 2015

For additional information about the Department of Health Education & Behavior Internship Program please view the HSC4876 Health Education Internship course syllabus here.