Service Learning and Internships


The B.S. in Public Health major utilizes a service-learning approach to integrate community-based learning opportunities with classroom instruction. Faculty partner with community agencies to design service experiences that not only enhance student learning, but also meet a need of the community. Depending on the choice of concentration, public health students complete 175 – 460 hours of service-learning work. These hours are accrued while being engaged in campus-based health promotion (PHP 221), addressing social determinants of health (PHP 309), and understanding diversity (PHP 310). Students may additionally explore and develop skills in health writing, illustration, photography and layout/design in the context of developing the annual Healthy You Magazine for the Syracuse University community (PHP 227). Service learning culminates in PHP 422: the Senior Capstone Internship.

For more information about the Senior Capstone Internship, see the related handbook for this experience.

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To learn more, contact Megan Snow, internship placement coordinator, at

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Master of Public Health students are required to complete a 4-credit, 200 hour applied practice experience. This experience provides students the opportunity to demonstrate program competencies in an applied practice setting located in the U.S. or international context. The practicum is completed in the summer after year 1 or year 2 of study.