Developing Health Educators for Tomorrow

Dr. Heather Clark, clinical assistant professor of health education and coordinator of the community health internship program in the Department of Health & Kinesiology, is helping to produce leaders in health education for the state and nation.

 

For two years, Dr. Clark has coordinated the health education internship program by solidifying partnerships between health organizations and the department. 

Internship opportunities for community health students exist in larger metropolitan areas and rural communities, as well as internationally. Students experience a variety of health sectors and medical needs such as diabetes counseling, nutrition education and substance abuse prevention.

“Internships are mutually beneficial to the student as an opportunity to practice their profession and to the community by having extra hands on deck for providing services, designing health education programs and improving the health and quality of life for the community,” said Dr. Clark. 

Many of our students also assist in workplace health programs. In the Bryan-College Station area alone, students are interning at the city’s biggest resources including the Brazos County Health Department, Scott and White Health, the Prenatal Clinic, St. Joseph’s Hospital and the Sexual Assault Resource Center.

Internship Sites Since 2012

Health education internships have been conducted at 172 sites across Texas since 2012.

 

Settings for Community Health internships are primarily health care, community organizations/non-governmental organizations and hospital settings. Other settings have included universities for student and employee health, research, governmental settings, international health, school health, worksite wellness and religious organizations.