Information for the Student
Information for Preceptors/Cooperating Agencies
- The internship experience is a vital component in the overall training of students in the Health Studies major at Eastern Illinois University with the Community Health, Health Administration, and First Responder options. The internship is designed to provide the student with professional work experiences. Internships assist the student in assess knowledge obtained in the classroom while acquiring and modifying practical skills needed to function as a professional in the health field. It is also meant to be a time of service and innovation to the cooperating agency.
- The 8 credit, 320 clock hour internship experience takes place in agencies that employ health education and health promotion specialists such as public health departments, voluntary health agencies, hospitals or clinics, corporate wellness programs, disaster preparedness and emergency management services, and/or mental health and rehabilitation facilities.The internship experience must encompass the Seven Areas of Responsibilities of Health Educators (National Commission for Health education Credentialing, Inc, 2010).
- Provide the student with practical experiences in health-related settings under appropriate supervision by competent personnel.
- Facilitate development of the student’s personal skills and knowledge needed for professional growth and employment.
- Enhance the student's understanding of the role of health-related agencies or organizations in the health care delivery system in contributing to individual or community quality of life.
- Provide the student with opportunities to gain experiences in one or more of the Seven Areas of Responsibility for Health Education Specialists (assessing needs; planning, implementing, evaluating and managing health education programs; serving as a health education resource person; advocating for health).