Public Health Internship (PRVM 891)

The KU-MPH internship is a 192 hour service-learning experience in a community setting (12 hours/week for the 16 week semester) during PRVM 891 Public Health Internship.  The internship is designed to enhance and extend the student's academic experience through the application of public health concepts and skills in a supervised field experience. The internship will provide the student with an opportunity to engage in actual public health practice through an individualized experience with a host organization or a community-focused enterprise.

The goals of the internship are:

  1. To broaden and hone student proficiency in a specified area of public health practice through a meaningful field experience.
  2. To demonstrate integration of knowledge and a deeper understanding of public health practice through the completion of learning objectives/goals and activities that are mutually agreed upon by the student, site mentor, and MPH program office prior to initiation of the internship.
  3. To expose the student to the expertise and leadership of a public health professional, as embodied by the site mentor.

Placement Sites

The Departments of Preventive Medicine in Kansas City and Wichita have memoranda of understanding with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, several local health departments in the region, and other public health organizations.  These agencies will serve as placement sites for MPH students.

Public Health Internship Preceptors and Mentors

The KU-MPH utilizes public health practitioners from local health departments and public health agencies as internship mentors. Below is the list of agencies and mentors involved in Public Health Internship in the last two years:

Kansas Department of Health and Environment

  • Laurie Hart, LMSW
  • Farah Ahmed, PhD, MPH
  • Sheri Tubach, MPH, MS
  • Catherine Taylor-Osborne, DDS

Jackson County Health Department

  • Ray Dlugolecki,MPH

Harvey County Health Department

  • Lynette Redington, MEd

Johnson County Department of Health and Environment

  • Caitlin Walls, MPH
  • Elizabeth Holzschuh, MS
  • Barbara Mitchell, DHE

Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department

  • Vickie Collie-Akers, PhD, MPH

Lawrence Memorial Hospital Community Education Department

  • Ken Sarber, MSE

Oklahoma State Department of Health

  • Stephen R. Gillaspy, PhD

Sedgwick County Health Department

  • Christine Steward, MPH

Unified Government of Wyandotte county and Kansas City, Kansas Health Department

  • Rebecca Garza, MS
  • Joanna Sabally, MPH, CHES

University of Kansas Work Group for Community Health and Development

  • Vincent Francisco, PhD
  • Jerry Schultz, PhD

Via Christi Hospital - Department of Medical Information

  • Brendan Rice, MD

Wichita State University - Community Engagement Institute, Center for Public Health Initiatives

  • Sonja Armbruster, MS
  • Alissa Rankin, MPH

American Indian Health Research and Education Alliance (AIHREA)

  • Thomas E. Smith

Area Health Education Center

  • Mary Beth Warren, RN, BSN, MSN

Center for American Indian Community Health

  • Won Choi, PhD, MPH

Children's Mercy Hospital

  • Edward Ellerbeck, MPH, MPH

Fredonia Regional Hospital

  • Susan John

Kansas City CARE Clinic

  • Makini King, PhD

Kansas Health Institute

  • Sarah Hartsig, MS

Kansas Health Care Collaborative

  • Eric Cook-Wiens, MPH, CPHQ

Kansas Health and Stroke Collaborative

  • Robert Moser, MD

Planned Parenthood Great Plains

  • Sarah Aanestad
Last modified: Jun 27, 2017
Accreditation & Affiliations


The University of Kansas Master of Public Health Program (KU-MPH) is proud to announce that we have been reaccredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) until July 1, 2018.

Final Accreditation Report - June 2011
Final Self-Study Report - September 2010

Member, Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) .


Member, Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR)