Minnesota State University Mankato Department of Health Science
Community Health Education Internship Handbook
Copyright Amy S. Hedman
Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Health Science
Course: Hlth 496/696: Internship in Community Health Education (1-9 semester hours)
Internship Director: Amy S. Hedman, PhD, CHES Office: HN 180 Voicemail: 507-389-5382 Email: email@example.com
COURSE DESCRIPTION: A concentrated pre-professional work experience for those students preparing for a career in Community Health Education. Students must schedule placement one semester in advance. A Community Health Education Internship Site Resource List is available for review through the Department of Health Science. PREREQUISITES Successful completion of all Community Health Education core courses. FIELD EXPERIENCE CLOCK HOURS A 9-credit internship is equivalent to full-time employment for the semester (minimum of 450 clock hours). A 4-credit internship is equivalent to 225 clock hours. Additional clock hours may be required when Community Health Education Internship is combined with an internship from another major/minor or licensure program. INTERN OBJECTIVES Through the use of site screening procedures and site approval, it is the intent that the Internship Experience will provide abundant opportunities for students to gain further knowledge and skills in all of the CHES areas of responsibility and competencies. After completion of the internship, students will assess their competencies in the areas listed below. Assessment will be described in the course assignment Student Internship Experience Report.
1) Assess individual and community needs for health education 2) Plan health education strategies, interventions, and programs 3) Implement health education strategies, interventions, and programs 4) Conduct evaluation and research related to health education 5) Administer health education strategies, interventions, and programs 6) Serve as a health education resource person 7) Communicate and advocate for health and health education
(National Commission for Health Education Credentialing Inc.) INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE The student will complete all responsibilities and duties of a community health educator at his or her assigned site. Internship sites are to be selected by a mutual agreement between student intern and the Community Health Education Internship Director during the semester prior to the actual experience. Deadlines for submitting internship materials to the Internship Coordinator are as follows: Semester Deadline
Fall semester internship May 15 Spring semester internship October 15 Summer semester internship March 15
Selection of the final internship site is to be discussed with and approved by the Community Health Education Internship Director. Permission to register for the internship credit hours (HLTH 496/696) will not be granted unless prior site approval has been granted. The student intern will submit completed Evaluation Feedback from his or her respective site supervisor to the Community Health Education Internship Director at the assigned times (mid-point and final) throughout the internship experience. The site supervisor will periodically inform the student intern and Community Health Education Internship Director regarding the student interns progress throughout the Internship. The internship experience is considered a practicum. Current employment positions are NOT accepted as internship experiences. STUDENT ASSIGNMENTS For the following assignments, specific directions as well as the necessary forms can be found in the Student Internship Handbook.
1. Internship Site Approval Form 2. Internship Goal Statement and Objectives 3. Updated Resume 4. Student Internship Experience Report 5. Intern Inventory of Health Education Competencies & Sub-competencies 6. Tracking Hours Handout
METHODS OF STUDENT EVALUATION 1. Goal Statement and Objectives 2. Resume 3. Student Internship Experience Report 4. Intern Inventory of Health Education Competencies & Sub-competencies 5. Midpoint and Final Evaluation of Student Internship Performance by the Site Supervisor 6. Completed Tracking Hours Handout
A grade of P will be assigned upon successful completion of the above activities. A grade of N will be assigned for students that do not successfully complete all of the above activities and fail to meet the expectations, responsibilities, and professional standards of their internship site and/or those of the Department of Health Science.
Final Student Internship Experience Report Requirements Upon completion of the internship, the students final report should include the following sections: 1) Completed Tracking Hours Handout (provided) 2) Site Description Report 3) Student Experience Report 4) Response to Initial Intern Goals and Objectives 5) Intern Inventory of Health Education Competencies & Sub-competencies
Student Internship Experience Report
1) Student Internship Experience Report a. Site Description Report. Answer each item using 2a-1., 2a-2., 2a-3., etc. to distinguish
your responses. 1) Identify the extent of available health education services offered through the internship
organization/agency (1E-1). 2) Identify the populations that receive health education programs offered through the internship
organization/agency (2A-1). 3) Provide recommendations for collaborative efforts among health agencies and organizations with
mutual interests of those of the internship organization/agency (1C-1, 2A-4 2B-4). 4) Provide a list of suggestions for integrating health education and services into existing health
programs offered at the internship organization/site (2B-3, 2F-2). 5) Identify the information and resources needed to implement the health education interventions
offered through the internship organization/agency (2G-1) as well as their availability (2G-1). 6) Describe three ways the Code of Ethics in professional practice are demonstrated at the internship
site (3C-1). 7) Describe the needs assessment process employed by the internship organization/agency. Describe
the research methods and designs used (4D-1). Provide your analytical response to the needs assessment employed (1F-1).
8) Describe the evaluation process plan of the internship organization/agency. Provide recommendations for improving the evaluation plan (4E-1).
9) Identify the program goals of the organization. 10) Analyze the organizations culture in relationship to program goals (5A-2). 11) Identify four principles of community organization employed by the internship
organization/agency and/or yourself (3A-1, 2B-2). 12) Analyze parameters of effective consultative relationships (6D-1). 13) Analyze the role of the health educator as a liaison between program staff and outside groups and
organizations (6D-2). 14) Describe the ways in which the internship organization/agency facilitated collaborative training
efforts among health agencies and organizations (2B-4, 6D-5) 15) Report the effectiveness of the internship sites programs in achieving their proposed objectives
(4E-4). 16) Describe the implementation methods used by the site to evaluate factors that influence shifts in
health status (4D-4). What barriers to implementation did you observe (2G-2)?
b)Student Experience Report. Answer each item using 2b-1., 2b-2., 2b-3., etc. to distinguish your responses.
1) Describe the role you played in delivering educational programs to diverse populations at the internship organization/agency (1B-4, 3A-3, 3B-2).
2) Describe the implementation strategies you performed during the internship experience (1C-1, 3B-2).
3) Describe the techniques you employed that incorporated demographically and culturally sensitive strategies when implementing programs offered through your internship organization/agency (3B-2, 3C-4).
4) Describe the implementation intervention strategies to facilitate health-related change that you developed/utilized during your internship (1C-1, 3B-2, 3C-5). Describe the theoretical influence of the strategies selected (3C-2)
5) Describe your involvement in developing data gathering instruments or surveys (1B-1, 4C-2).
6) Describe your role in promoting cooperation and feedback among personnel associated with your internship organization/agency (5A-3) as well as facilitating groups (3A-4).
7) Describe the health information resources you accessed during your internship (1A-2, 1A-4, 2D-2, 6A-4).
8) Describe your role in acquiring resource materials at your internship site (1A-2, 1A-4, 2D-2, 6C-2). 9) Describe the educational materials of value to the health of individuals and community groups that
you assembled during your internship (1A-2, 1A-4, 2D-2, 3B-2, 6C-3). 10) Describe your role as a liaison among consumer groups, individuals and health care provider
organizations (3B-2, 6D-3). 11) Describe how you applied networking skills to develop and maintain consultative relationships
with completing your internship (3B-2, 6D-4). 12) Describe the ways in which you used culturally sensitive communication methods and techniques
(3B-2, 7B-4). 13) Describe the ways in which you used appropriate techniques when communicating health and
health education information (2F-1, 3B-2, 7B-5). 14) Describe the ways in which you used oral, electronic, and written techniques for communicating
health education information (3B-2, 7B-6). 15) How did you demonstrate proficiency in communicating health information and health education
needs during your i