Revise the Public Health Internship Program
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The Social and Behavioral Sciences Department at Temple University's College of Public Health leads students in a comprehensive curriculum that engages us with an understanding towards the empathy, knowledge, and experiences needed to lead the public health field in the years to come. Within this curriculum, students are expected to engage in and complete 600 hours of field-work which has the intent to expose students to real world public health issues, duties, and responsibilities in the hopes that the experiences gained will allow these future officials to birth change.
Over the course of the last few academic years, it has become widely known amongst Temple students studying public health that the internship program is flawed and fragmented. Receiving outdated and confusing lists of 'prospective' internship sites that do not respond to students, internship sites having students complete service work instead of work that is educational and experiential, experiencing a large lack of communication between staff/faculty and students, unnecessary and burdensome program requirements, and a shortage of student engagement, the student body has had enough.
Many of these requirements place an undue burden on students, as most are working full time as well as attending classes to be able to subsist. With such an understanding and educated faculty surrounding the topics of health behavior, health psychology and stress, it only makes sense to the students that the staff and faculty listen to not what they want, but need: A reliable and professional program that suitably and efficiently helps students find internships.
If the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences wishes to see their students prosper and succeed, then it is time for the administration to look into how the Public Health major's internship program operates and interacts with its' participants. If the Department aims for its' students to produce change in the world, the administration should lead by example, listen to the community of students and their needs, and change what clearly is not working.
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