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Program Overview 

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) recognizes its responsibility as the state public health agency to assist in the education and training of students in areas related to public health.  In collaboration with Ohio colleges and universities, ODH’s Public Health Internship program offers college students (undergraduate and graduate) opportunities to gain practice-based experience in a public health work environment.  ODH offers paid and unpaid internship opportunities that are related to a student's major or career goal.  Students receiving academic credit for their participation in a college internship will not be eligible for paid opportunities.

This program is ideal for any student who may be interested in a career in public health or other related fields. The program, which offers a real life, goal-oriented experience in an area related to the student's major or career goals, not only provides immediate value to the student, but also has a goal of fostering future public health leaders.

Program Objectives

The ODH Public Health Internship program supports the agency’s public health objectives as well as the professional goals, interests and abilities of participating students.

The objectives of the ODH Public Health Internship program are to:

  • Develop and train the next generation of highly qualified public health professionals.
  • Strengthen partnerships with colleges, universities, local health departments and public health associations.

Benefits for Students

ODH Internships will provide students the opportunity to:

  • Apply classroom learning and gain hands-on experience inside a public health work environment.
  • Build valuable networking connections with local and state public health professional leaders.
  • Explore and “test drive” a career choice within public health.
  • Gain exposure to program analysis and methodologies.
  • Develop marketable job skills and core public health competencies. 

For more information about ODH’s Public Health Internship program, please email


 Page Updated: 1/12/2016