In the junior year, students must decide if they want to participate in a community health internship, student teaching experience, or the dual community health/school health major.
Community Health Internship
This fieldwork opportunity serves as a capstone experience during which students apply their education in a real-world setting. Community Health Education majors choose their placement from an array of approved sites. This full semester’s internship may occur at a health agency, wellness center, health department or other sector of the health care industry. The internship experience is mandatory and there are no waivers.
To be eligible for a Community Health Internship, students must have senior status and must have successfully completed all required courses with a grade of ‘C’ or better. Prospective interns are required to attend a preinternship meeting to discuss internship requirements and to assure that appropriate documentation is submitted on their behalf. Required forms are included in the handbook:
Community Health Matters is a periodic publication from the Health Science Department. Focused on the undergraduate Community Health Education Internship Program, the newsletter links internship sites, Health Science Department Faculty, students and program alumna. Its contents ranges from student internship experiences, to news about placements and their supervisors, to student updates as well as other information pertinent to the community health education program.
School Health Education students complete a student-teaching experience for the entire semester in a school setting, working with children in grades 5-12. Students must meet the requirements for admission to the professional education program and to student teaching. Prior to student teaching, individuals must pass the Praxis I test. Students should schedule this examination during their junior year. Transfer students should plan to take additional terms of study.
All school health education interns should review the information in the Department of Health Science Student Teaching Handbook.
All pre-service students in Teacher Education programs at Towson University whose program of study requires an intensive/extensive internship or student teaching experience in a public or private school setting (pre-K through 12) will be required to undergo a criminal background check before entering this experience. The criminal background check must be filed with the director of the Center for Professional Practice. Please read the section on Admission to Student Teaching in the College of
Dual School and Community Health Education
In the dual major program, students spend one half the semester in the community health internship and the remaining half of the semester is spent student-teaching.
Department of Health Science
Linthicum Hall, Room 101
Hours: Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
"As an intern at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Safety Center,
my main job description is to provide direct safety services
such as car seat installations and to provide direct
one-on-one education and injury prevention to parents."