Public Health

Internships/Integrative Learning Experience

The MPH Integrative Learning Experience (ILE) requires students to synthesize and integrate the knowledge acquired in coursework and other learning experiences, and to apply theory, research design, analytical and professional writing skills to a research or advocacy project.  Students work with MPH faculty and community-based professionals on an existing research or advocacy project or in designing an original project.  As part of the ILE, students complete human subjects ethics training; prepare or modify an IRB proposal; explore the literature; design and/or select data collection instruments; collect, analyze and interpret data; prepare a research manuscript, report or grant proposal; conduct an oral presentation on findings; and complete a self-assessment. 


Experiential learning is facilitated through a culminating internship experience (MPH 230), thereby maximizing the opportunity for learning and professional growth and development. Students can choose from a variety of exciting internship placements in such settings as health institutions, governmental health agencies, private industry, and community-based advocacy, education and services organizations.

Selected MPH Internship Sites:

  • Northwell Health – various departments
  • Nassau County Department of Health – various departments
  • New York State Department of Health – HIV Bureau
  • Long Island Federally Quality Health Centers
  • Public Health Solutions – NYC
  • Health and Welfare Council of Long Island
  • International Sites – Pediatric Clinics in Dominican Republic and Kenya

Culminating Experience

Hofstra University offers four different Culminating Experience (CE) options for MPH students. Each option provides the opportunity to develop expertise in a specific topic area, demonstrate research methods skills, and make a contribution to the field of public health: 1) Research Manuscript (~15-20 pages) that can be submitted for publication and/or presentation at a professional conference; 2) Grant proposal (~15-20 pages) that uses new data analyses and that can be submitted for funding (for additional research or for a new program); 3) Program Plan (~15-20 pages) that uses new data analyses, and that can be submitted for funding (for additional research or for a new program); or, 4) Analytical Literature Review (~20-25 pages) - a scholarly paper that analyzes current knowledge as well as theoretical and methodological contributions to a particular health topic using secondary sources. As part of the CE process, students are required to complete human subjects ethics training; an IRB proposal; an oral presentation at the MPH Student Symposium; a self-assessment and exit interview with the Program Director.

Please click here to access the link to the entire opening portion of the symposium.