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Application for Public Health Experiences Checklist

Submitting an application for a public health experience does not guarantee an internship. Interns will be interviewed and assigned based upon a match of program interest, skills, experience and overall potential. Therefore, not all applicants will receive an assignment. Applicants will be contacted by phone or e-mail of the potential preceptors desire to schedule an interview.

Student must be enrolled as an undergraduate, graduate, medical student, fellow or on a medical rotational assignment.

MPHD does not pay a stipend or associated costs for internships or public health experiences.

Applicants selected for an assignment will be required to provide a formal written request from a school official outlining the requirements of the university/medical school curriculum before beginning the public health experience.

Applicants who are selected for an assignment will also be required to sign an Intern Agreement and Waiver Release that addresses, among other things, confidentiality of medical records.

Preceptors may request a resume if additional information is desired.

All public health experiences that exceed 8 hours require a satisfactory background check before the beginning of the public health experience. The student (or school) is responsible for the expenses associated with this screening. The screening must include the following:

  • Social Security trace

  • Criminal background check for past 7 years including up to 3 counties

  • Driving record, if the assignment will include driving

  • Sex offender check

Each applicant must write a brief statement regarding his/her expectations of the public health experience.

The Group Application must be submitted by advisors applying for public health experiences for a group or class.

The desired method of direct communication regarding internships and public health experiences Metro Public Health Department is michelle.birdsong@nashville.gov