Transformational Learning Opportunities in the Department of Public Health

Internship, fieldwork, service learning, and/or practicum opportunities:  


HSC 4814 is a six credit (360 hour) internship completed by all undergraduate Community Health students. Students present work from their internship at a poster session at the end of the semester.


HSA 4850 – Health Administration Internship: This internship is designed to provide the student the opportunity to gain real world experience working with managers and administrators in the health services field. Students report to an assigned preceptor and complete work on a project for the sponsoring organization.

HSA 4941 – Long Term Care Internship: This is a 650-hour supervised experience in a skilled nursing facility under direction of a licensed nursing home administrator. Student will participate in the daily operation of the facility as a member of the management team. This experience meets the requirements for the Administrator in training requirement for the Florida Nursing Home Administrator Examination.

HSA4970 – Senior Project : This option is available on Program Director approval for students who have significant administrative/management experience in the health field. The project can be related to their area of employment or an independent research project completed in collaboration with program faculty.

HAS 6815 Practicum – Executive Skill Development: The MHA practicum provides the opportunity for the student to work one-on-one with a local healthcare managers and leaders in support of the management functions of the organization. As part of the experience students will identify and complete a major project for the host organization.

HAS 6945 Long Term Care Internship: This is a 500-hour supervised experience in a skilled nursing facility under direction of a licensed nursing home administrator that meets the requirements for the Administrator in training requirement for the Florida Nursing Home Administrator Examination.

HAS 6188 Capstone: Healthcare Strategic Management: This course challenges students to put acquired skills, theories and strategies into practice in various segments of the health industry as students work in teams of three to complete a business plan for a new service or enterprise for a local health care organization.


The FSS4230 L Quantity Food Production work experience for undergraduate students is a field experience related to service and production of food in quantity. Experiences in taking inventory, receiving, and storage are included. The experience takes place on campus at the Osprey Café and University Center. Off campus the experience takes place at various hospitals, nursing homes, and restaurants.

The graduate internship program provides four semesters of internship experience in DIE 6940 for a total of 1200 hours of supervised practice in food service management, clinical nutrition, community nutrition and introduction to specialty practice. Students participate in menu planning and implementation, patient assessment and medical nutrition therapy, community based nutrition program planning and implementation and specialty practice such as eating disorders, enteral and parenteral nutrition support, and pediatrics. These experiences take place in local hospitals, clinics, health care facilities, private practice settings, aging and adult service providers, schools, and other agencies providing services to children and adults


The Rehabilitation Counseling Program requires that each student complete a 600 hour (40 hours per week for 15 weeks or 20 hours per week for 30 weeks) internship with an organization/agency/facility that provides rehabilitation services. Examples of internship sites include: Department of Veterans Affairs, state Divisions of Vocational Rehabilitation and Divisions of Blind Services, Grove House, River Region Human Services, Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital, Hope Haven, ARC, and Goodwill Industries.

These internships provide students with a valuable hands-on experience that is difficult to duplicate in the classroom. For example, a student completing an internship with the Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation will conduct initial interviews, identify needed rehabilitation services, develop individualized placement programs, and provide case management services until the plan has been completed. The caseload size varies per agency but may range from 15-50 clients.

All students complete a 100 hour practicum at an organization/agency/facility prior to enrolling in internship. The focus of the practicum is on the counseling aspect of rehabilitation service delivery. Many of the same agencies that serve as internship sites serve as practicum sites. Students complete audio or videotapes that are critiqued by a UNF faculty member.

The other major service learning activity that is part of the required course of study is part of RCS 6320 Vocational Development and Placement. Each student works with at least one individual who has a disability and provides career counseling and exploration and/or assist the individual with obtaining a job. Many of these individuals are clients of agencies that serve as practica or internship sites.


The Master of Public Health Program includes a Capstone course with a 300 hour internship component. Students work in public health settings and accomplish objectives and projects as determined by consultation among the student, the site supervisor, and the instructor. Students present work from their internship in a Poster Session held at the end of each semester.


Undergraduate research or creative project opportunities: 



Undergraduate students prepare a research proposal in Foundations of Health Science research. Exercise physiology students ( in small groups) replicate a published study.


HSA 4905 Independent Study:

HSA 6908 - Directed Independent Study:

These courses allow the student to complete a specialized study or research project under the direction of program faculty.


Study abroad opportunities:


HSA 6958 Study Abroad: Healthcare: This course provides students the opportunity to visit hospitals and health organizations, and meet local health practitioners as they explore cultural and political issues impacting healthcare in other countries.)

Study abroad opportunities are also available to undergraduate students, however a permanent course number has not yet been requested for this purpose.

In the last fie years three programs have been offered:

  • French Health system ( Paris) -graduate and undergraduate
  • Ireland ( Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland – graduate and undergraduate
  • China ( Shandong province) –graduate

Other transformational and experiential learning opportunities:  


Opportunities exist to do research with faculty members.

Student clubs have the opportunity to participate in service projects.