PHPM 504Internship/Field ExperiencePreceptor Orientationand Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Internship/Field Experience?A practicum experience for students in the OMPH Epidemiology & Biostatistics TrackAn opportunity to demonstrate mastery of epidemiology and biostatistics learning competencies3-6 credits total (100-200 hours), during 1 term (6 credits usually occurs during a summer). 10 hours/week/quarter=100 hrs.To be completed by the end of the quarter
Prior CourseworkMPH in Epidemiology & Biostatistics is a 60-credit degreeThe Biostatistics 1 class (or equivalent for MD/MPH students) is a required prerequisite. Preferably, the Epidemiology 1 class should be completed before beginning the Internship/Field Experience
What is the purpose of the Internship/Field Experience?To demonstrate and apply knowledge and skills gained during the program in a real-world setting To integrate theory and practice in a supervised, applied settingSocialization into the field of public healthTo reflect on learning competencies in the context of the field experience
Who takes PHPM 504?All OMPH Epidemiology & Biostatistics students complete the internship/field experience
What steps should the student follow?Complete required courses (described earlier)Watch for opportunities posted on the department website.Meet with advisor to discuss interests and possible sitesMeet with Epi/Bio Director regarding additional questions.
Students steps, ContdDraft proposal (included on Internship Guidelines) Draft measurable learning competencies addressing Epi/Bio Competencies 1,2,3,5, and 6 (see next slide) Data analysis is required at least to the competency level of Biostat 1 (correlational level).
Related Learning CompetenciesApply population-based concepts of epidemiology and risk determination to the assessment of health problemsApply evidence-based knowledge of health determinants to public health issuesApply and interpret a variety of statistical methods commonly used in medical and public health researchIdentify ethical problems that arise when epidemiology is used to guide public policy decisionsIdentify cultural dimensions of conducting research, including culturally sensitive recruitment of study participants, and develop strategies for interpretation of data in the larger cultural context
What does the Internship/Field Experience Involve?Participating in a project addressing a public health issue, with guidance of preceptorApplying classroom experience, knowledge, and skillsApplying statistical software to analyze public health dataPreparing a final report (see Internship Guidelines for format). An additional, more extensive report can be provided to the agency.
What does Internship/Field Experience Involve, continuedDemonstrably meeting measurable learning, track, and program competencies (as described in the final report)Important note: Student must seek Epi/Bio Director approval for any proposed changes to tasks and timeline, in order to ensure applicability to degree requirements.
What is the role of the Preceptor?Helps shape, and agrees to facilitate, the Internship ProposalSupervises and guides the student through the field experience; confers with the Epi/Bio Director, as necessary Completes the students Internship Report and forwards it via email to the Epi/Bio Director with a recommended grade (Pass/No Pass).
What are the minimum qualifications for Preceptors?
Public health credentials, by virtue of training and/or experience, for purposes of mentoring the student in the application of the public health skills and knowledge developed during the MPH degree program.
How does the student identify a relevant project?Public health project of interest to the student --AND--Project of interest and relevance to the field siteWork that integrates epidemiology and biostatistics skills developed in coursesWork that provides an opportunity to demonstrate learning competenciesCan be manageably completed within 100-200-hour timeframe
Can students get paid?Payment is not expected, nor requiredMay be negotiated between student and preceptorNot a condition of establishing the PHPM 504 Internship/field experienceUniversity is not involved in these arrangements
Why is the Learning Contract important?Specifies students learning competencies for the placement, and relates these to the Epi/Bio track competenciesIdentifies activities and roles student will fulfillLists the products student will develop during placementProvides information about the siteProjects date of completion
What goes into the students Internship proposal?Completed proposal signed by the student, preceptor, advisor, and Epi/Bio Director
Specific, measurable learning competencies for Internship
Description of the work student will complete by the end of the Internship
What kind of proposal is expected?Students are asked to list the setting, the organization, and the preceptors role, credentials, and contact information With the Preceptor, define the objectives to be accomplished
What is the Internship proposal?A signed interagency agreement between OHSU and the field placement siteDelineates roles, responsibilities, and institutional terms of placementTailored to each placement Must be complete and on file prior to start date. If IRB approval is needed, it must also be completed prior to start date.
Other processes?OHSU Human Subjects approval if placement has research component, even if project has completed IRB process at non-OHSU site or data are de-identified Risk Management approval is no longer necessary for students working with agencies outside OHSU UNLESS there is interaction with clients or data that can be identified
What final products does the student submit?1: Evidence/Examples of work completed Product developed for organization Description of what was done and howSubmitted to the agency and a copy submitted with the Internship report to the Epi/Bio Director in a version cleaned of any private or sensitive information2: Internship report with responses to report questionsInsights into experiencesObservations on outcomes, accomplishments, processes, challengesSpecific reflections on demonstration of learning competencies3: Evaluation of student by preceptor (forwarded directly to Epi/Bio Director by preceptor on form provided by student)
GradingPreceptor provides feedback to Epi/Bio Director though direct communication during and after placement, and recommends a final grade via the Student Evaluation form.Epi/Bio Director reviews all submitted materials and provides final course grade
How is the PHPM 504 grade determined?Pass:Accomplishment of learning competenciesPreceptors assessment on the final Internship report
No Pass:Learning competencies not metPoor evaluation of students work by preceptor
What is the purpose of the Internship Final Report?To reflect on the overall Internship/field experience
To identify the challenges and successes of the experience
To provide ideas regarding how the field experience can be improved for future placement of students
What is the purpose of the Internship Final Report, cont.?Allows the preceptor to comment on the students performanceProvides feedback to the student regarding his/her contributions to the organizationProvides additional information to Epi/Bio Director regarding student performance
What are the deadlines for students?Students must register before the term prior to the planned Internship term in order to allow for all approval processes to be completedStudents are to provide their preceptors with the Internship final report with due date, to be returned by the end of finals week of the termFinal products must be received by the Epi/Bio Director before the end of finals week of the Internship termAn Incomplete may be assigned in extenuating circumstances at the request of the student to the Epi/Bio Director. Incompletes should be avoided, if at all possible.
How do we resolve problems during PHPM 504?Preceptors:Work with the student to address any issuesContact the Epi/Bio Director to discuss the situation Rely upon the Internship proposal to frame the work Students:Are encouraged to resolve problems initially with the preceptorIf no resolution, students are to meet with the Epi/Bio DirectorRely upon the Internship proposal to ensure learning objectives are being pursued
Who is the MPH internship course director ?William Lambert, PhD. Director, Epidemiology & Biostatistics email@example.com
For more information, please refer to the Internship guidelines at:http://authoring.ohsu.edu/xd/education/schools/school-of-medicine/departments/clinical-departments/public-health/education-programs/student-resources/internship-planning.cfm
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