PUB HLTH 3119 - Public Health Internship III

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2017

This course provides students with the opportunity to combine workplace experience in Public Health settings with academic study. During the course students complete a substantial project that involves the application of public health research skills and knowledge to a work environment. Students are allocated placements from a range of offerings which include government and non-government agencies.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PUB HLTH 3119
    Course Public Health Internship III
    Coordinating Unit Public Health
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact Up to 18 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites PUB HLTH 1001, PUB HLTH 1002 & PUB HLTH 2005 Plus PUB HLTH 2200 OR PUB HLTH 2100 and must be enrolled in PUB HLTH 3123
    Restrictions Enrolment based on academic merit (students must achieve a credit average)
    Assessment Research proposal, research project, reflective journal & workplace supervisor feedback.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Teresa Burgess

    Academic supervisors will be allocated depending on the nature of the workplace project

    Course Coordinator: Dr Teresa Burgess
    Phone: +61 8313 3468
    Location: Level 7, 178 North Terrace

    Student & Program Support Services Hub
    Phone: +61 8313 0273

    Program Advisor’s booking system

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Demonstrate a broad understanding of the function of public health organisations
    2 Define the role of organisations and its teams/units/departments in terms of resource generation, information for planning, community involvement, public health intervention planning, management and evaluation
    3 Demonstrate the application of selected public health professional competencies
    4 Demonstrate an in-depth understanding about planning and implementation of one or more public health activities being pursued or planned by the public health organisation
    5 Define the role of members of a public health team in implementing public health actions
    6 Prepare a report on the conduct of a small public health project
    7 Demonstrate the integration and application of Evaluation in Public Health III coursework in the workplace context
    8 Integrate and apply Public Health Theory and Practice III coursework to the public health project
    9 Demonstrate communication and professional skills through involvement in the day to day functioning of the public health organisation
    10 Demonstrate excellent communication skills by preparing both written and oral presentations
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    7, 8, 10
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    1-6, 9, 10
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    9, 10
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Learning Resources will be listed and made available on MyUni and in the Course Handbook.
    Recommended Resources
    As above.
    Online Learning
    University information on computer laboratories and other computing services is available at:

    The Public Health Internship makes seminar notes and other teaching aids available electronically to students, through  MyUni.

    MyUni is the primary entry point to online learning at Adelaide University. MyUni provides students and staff with access to course materials, discussion forums, announcements, online and many other features to help manage your study or teaching. You can connect to MyUni on or off campus from an internet connected computer using a Web browser. The URL is:

    Login to this resource using your Username and Password. Once logged on to MyUni, you will find the information displayed  is customised to present only details relevant to you and the online content for courses that you are studying.

    For enquiries about online education services, what’s available and access, contact the Online Education Helpdesk:
    Phone:  (08)8313 3000

    The Helpdesk is available for extended hours during the week or through voicemail.In the Public Health Internship, you will be expected to use MyUni for a number of purposes:
    •    Accessing announcements about changes in scheduling, course information etc.
    •    Accessing seminar notes in pdf format
    •    Electronic submission of assignments
    •    Posting questions of an academic nature (eg, about assignments), the answers to which would be of  interest to  other  students.   Such questions must be posted to the Discussion  Board.
    •    Students are strongly encouraged to provide answers to each other's questions on the Discussion Board. Only questions of a more personal nature such as requests for extension should go directly to the coordinator.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The teaching and learning in this course is facilitated by:

    Seminars: Every two weeks the relevant concepts will be discussed and the students will also share their progress in terms of learning at the organisation and the project/research progress. In addition, guest speakers will be invited to present in their area of expertise related to the concepts covered in the course.

    Email based interaction with the academic supervisor: The students will be supported by the academic supervisor for periodic reviews of their project related work. The supervisors will provide support to define the method, analysis plan, literature review and report writing.

    Work with a team at the placement organisation: The students will be placed with a Public Health agency for up to 2 days a week, for  the duration of the semester.  The workplace supervisor will assign tasks in order to foster learning about the day to day work and  planning of one or more aspects/programs at the workplace. Additionally, the workplace supervisor will support the student in  defining and implementing the small project.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements. The Public Health Internship is a special course of 6 units and is aimed at supporting the students in gaining skills needed for public health projects, programs and work experience in a public health organisation. It will require, approximately, 24 hours of work per week (2 hour seminar every 2-weeks, minimum of 11 hours, and up to 15 hours (from 1.5 to 2 days per week) of work at the organisation per week, and about 8 to 10 hours of preparatory and associated work/reading such as identifying and reviewing the relevant literature, report writing, writing the reflective journal etc.

    Students are expected to attend all sessions including fornightly seminars and work place. Attendance sheets will be kept for fortnightly seminars.

    One of the important issues in conducting a project is the resources available for the project to be conducted. Some factors that students should consider when making decisions about their project include:
    •    The need and relevance from the perspective of the concerned organisation (where student is placed)
    •    Student’s existing knowledge and skill-base and the potential for additional learning during this course
    •    Resources and time required to complete the project; this need varies depending on the nature and extent of the problem being considered and the method.

    It is recommended that the amount of data is kept to ‘essential minimum’ – considering the time available to complete this project. A rough guide is that the data collection activity occurs only for about four weeks of the semester, and that the last six weeks of the semester are available for data management, analysis, feedback and report writing.
    Learning Activities Summary
    (1) Work/research  at the placement organisation - on day(s) as planned with the workplace supervisor
    (2) Seminars: fortnightly two hours session. During the last fortnight of the Semester, there might be more than one session to  allow all students present their work to the fellow students and supervisors. The proposed Seminary outline is provided below,  however, this may be modified to suit student needs.
    Topic Lecture
    Introduction to Internship
    Literature Search
    Placements and expectations
    Reflective Journals
    Interactive Feedback    Workplace experience updates
    Workplace Skills    Presentation Skills
    Interactive Feedback    Workplace experience updates
    Report Writing    Effective Writing
    Student Seminars    Oral Presentations
    Student Seminars    Oral Presentations
    Course Evaluations
    Specific Course Requirements
    Role of the academic supervisor
    It is the student’s responsibility to initiate and maintain correspondence with their academic supervisor in order to get feedback on their project. The academic supervisors will review a draft of the project proposal (end of week 3) and of the executive summary  (end of week 11).

    In addition to attending the fortnightly sessions at the University, the students are required to correspond with the academic supervisor fortnightly by email. The email should include, in the body of the email or as an attachment, the progress report (one or  two paragraphs) of their projects.

    Code of practice
    All students must be aware of the importance of appropriate behaviour. Agree to abide by the terms as set out in the Student Placement Agreement (see Insurance Guide: Student Work Experience or Community Placement, The University of Adelaide), Part A - Student Details. Signed acceptance of this and of the importance of confidentiality will form part of the Student Placement  Agreement between students, supervisors and The University of Adelaide.

    Students should be aware that the host organisations have busy working environments and that students should act at all times  with respect for the normal daily activities of the host organisation. As well as a general requirement for appropriate standards of behaviour, decorum, and dress, there are a number of specific protocols that must be observed:

    •    All students should be aware that any organisation may be operating in a sensitive environment. It is essential that students  adhere to a code of absolute confidentiality and discretion. All information gained through access to the papers and other materials of host organisations should be regarded as confidential unless otherwise notified. The long-term success of the Program depends on students acting in accordance with this understanding.

    Status on placement
    •    Each student should accept the same disciplines and constraints to which salaried staff are committed. It is important that  interns should not allow anyone to believe that they are members of staff.

    •    While it may be appropriate for some correspondence in connection with your project to come from the office of the host  organisation, nothing should be sent under the letterhead of an organisation without prior permission.

    •    Any travelling costs to the placement site, or other incidental costs incurred by students as part of the project will remain the responsibility of the student. Neither the Internship Program nor the participating organisations have any funds to meet such  expenditure.  Any other arrangements must be directly negotiated and agreed upon between student and supervisor.

    Student status
    •    During their period of internship, students at all times remain enrolled members of the University of Adelaide and are expected  to abide by the usual policies and by-laws of the University.

    Police check
    The organisation(s) may require that the student acquires a National Police Certificate prior to commencing the work placement. In  that case, it is the student's responsibility to apply for the police clearance and present the certificate to his/her workplace  organisation. In order to reduce delays, it is advisable that students obtain a Police Certificate in advance, if there is any doubt  about the need for one. If the organisation requires such police check, that will be recorded in the Placement Agreement.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning outcome(s) being addressed
    Preliminary project proposal / ideas Formative 6,7
    Seminar attendance and participation in one professional public health event Summative 10% 1-10
    Reflective journal Summative 20% 1-8
    Oral presentation Summative 10% 1-10
    Draft executive summary Formative 1-10
    Final project report Summative 40% 1-10
    Assessment by workplace supervisor Summative 20% 1-10
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Email based interaction and feedback with academic supervisor

    The academic supervisor will provide feedback on the preliminary project proposal and the executive summary:

    •   Fortnightly progress reports by email
    •   Preliminary project proposal/ideas
    •   A face to face meeting with the academic supervisor
    •   Draft of executive summary

    Attendance and participation at weekly seminars and at one public health professional event.

    Attendance and participation at ALL fortnightly seminars and placement commitments is required, and is a prerequisite for passing this course. A satisfactory completion or progress with regard to the agreed assignment tasks is essential to successfully completing the Public Health Internship course.

    10% will be allocated to attendance and participation at each weekly seminar.
    Assessment Detail
    Preliminary project proposal/ideas
    The students are required to submit a 1 to 2 page preliminary proposal on a public health project, in consultation with the  workplace supervisor. The summary proposal should include a brief introduction to the issue, objectives of the project, project design, and timeline. 

    Reflective journal 20%,
    1500 words, (about 6 A4 pages) first 7 weeks of the semester. The reflective journal is for students to reflect upon their learning experiences with regard to the concepts such as organisation vision, objectives, strategies, activities, management and target  population  . The journal may include reflections on the host organisation structure, priorities, information system, team work, stakeholders, work with the community, quality of care.   

    Oral presentation 10%
    The presentation could focus on concepts such as public health competencies and achievements acquired during the placement,  skills applied, the project implemetation, analysis of ways in which the Internship experience has helped to clarify or alter career  goals.

    10 minute presentation and 5 minutes for questions

    Executive Summary Draft (formative)
    Submit a draft of the Executive Summary for feedback and comment in preparation for completion and submission of the final report for assessments.

    Format requirements
    •    2 pages
    •    Use 12-point Times New Roman font
    •    Vancouver referencing (if applicable)

    Project Report  40%, 3000-4000 words
    The project needs to completed during the timeframe of the placement and needs to have a clear and definable public health  issue/impact. The project report will be assessed by considering the evidence of some originality and use of imagination, quality of  argumentand demonstrated knowledge of factual information, The report should include a Title page, a two- page executive  summary, Table of contents, introduction to the project, methods, activities/results, discussion and conclusion, acknowledgments  and references.

    Workplace supervisor feedback 20%
    Assessment by the respective workplace supervisor carries 20% marks for the course. The workplace supervisors are requested to make this assessment using the following criteria:
    •    Attendance  and punctuality
    •    Learning about the organisation structure and functions
    •    Relevance of the chosen project
    •    Teamwork
    All extensions for assignments must be requested, at the latest, by the last working day before the due date of submission.   Extensions will generally be granted only on medical or genuine compassionate grounds. Supporting documentation must be  provided at the time a student requests an extension. Without documentation, extensions will not be granted. Late requests for extension will neither be accepted nor acknowledged.

    Only the Course Co-ordinator(s) may grant extensions.

    Supporting documentation will be required when requesting an extension. Examples of documents that are acceptable include: a  medical certificate that specifies dates of incapacity, a police report (in the case of lost computers, car & household theft etc.), a  letter from a Student Counsellor, Education and Welfare Officer (EWO) or Disability Liaison Officer that provides an assessment of  compassionate circumstances, or a letter from an independent external counsellor or appropriate professional able to verify the  student’s situation. The length of any extension granted will take into account the period and severity of any incapacity or impact on the student.  Extensions of more than 10 days will not be granted except in exceptional circumstances.

    Late submission
    Marks will be deducted when assignments for which no extension has been granted are handed in late.

    All assignments, including those handed in late, will be assessed on their merits. In the case of late assignments where no extension has been granted, 5 percentage points of the total marks possible per day will be deducted.  If an assignment that is 2  days late is awarded 65% on its merits, the mark will then be reduced by 10% (5% per day for 2 days) to 55%. If that same  assignment is 4 days late, the mark will be reduced by 20% (5% per day for 4 days) to 45%, and so on.

    The School of Public Health reserves the right to refuse to accept an assignment that is more than 7 days late.

    Assignments submitted after the due date may not be graded in time to be returned on the listed return dates.

    Students submitting examinable written work who request (and receive) an extension that takes them beyond the examination period are advised that there is no guarantee that their grades will be processed in time to meet usual University deadlines.
    If a student is dissatisfied with an assessment grade they should follow the Student Grievance Resolution Process  <>. Students who are not satisfied with a particular assessment result should raise their concerns with Course Co-ordinator(s) in the first instance. This must be done within 10 business days of the  date of notification of the result. Resubmission of any assignment is subject to the agreement of the Course Co-ordinator(s) and  will only be permitted for the most compelling of reasons.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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