Dental Public Health (DPH) internship incorporates a multi-armed curriculum that integrates both hands-on field experience and seminars and workshops designed to aid interns in their exposure to public health careers.
Orientation: There will be two weeks of orientation: the first week will take place at the Mississippi State Department of Health, Osborne building. The second week will be at a local health department in Mississippi. During orientation, interns will be introduced to their mentors, their field placement sites, and the field of public health.
Field Experience: DPH interns will be placed at sites working on improving community health in the Mississippi Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas. For three days a week, interns will work on tasks that contribute to their project such as collecting and interpreting data, creating communication materials, and working on special assignments at community and school-based oral health services, health systems, non-profits and partner organizations. The field experience will culminate in the completion of a collection of deliverables generated by the interns.
Mentors: Two mentors will be assigned to the intern to provide professional guidance and support, as well as help interns form professional networks.
Workshops and Seminars: DPH interns will engage with MSDH staff, community and local health leaders in workshops and webinars designed to complement participant’s field placements. Seminars and workshops will focus on specific themes such as Professional Development, Public Health Disciplines and Health Inequities.
Field Trips: In addition to the field experience and workshops and webinars, interns will also be able to learn about public health through field trips to various sites.
Deliverables: At the end of the program, DPH interns will produce a project that yields a Power Point presentation, an abstract, and a summer experience essay showcasing their experiences in public health practice. Interns will also leave the program with the skills to appropriately address public health needs and will be prepared to present at professional conferences. MSDH staff and community leaders will provide guidance and support on specific projects. Click to Apply Online
Applications are due by May 26, 2017.