Student Experiences in Public Health

Why Choose Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness (LMPHW) for your student experience in public health?

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LMPHW provides high quality student experiences through exposure to practice-based opportunities that strengthen the future public health workforce. Student experiences are available under a variety of public health concentration areas. Opportunities start January, May, and August of each year.

Selected candidates will have the opportunity to understand the functional and practical work of a Metropolitan Health Department serving a population of more than 750,000 residents. Distinctive populations have been identified as under-served and divergent health outcomes are indicated in association with the social determinants of health. The chosen students will earn practical experience through working alongside public health practitioners.

What types of opportunities are available?  

  • Capstone
  • Clinical Rotations
  • Community Medicine Rotations
  • Internships
  • Practicum
  • Shadowing (Food Safety and Public Facilities)

Please plan for a week's notice when scheduling shadowing opportunities with Food

Safety and Public Facilities. Email the LMPHW Intern team to schedule your shadowing experience.


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Benefits to completing a student experience with LMPHW:

Practical public health field experience;

Ability to contribute to a project, program, or service;

Opportunity to develop professional skills;

Opportunity to see the core functions of public health in action through a local health department

Understand how a local health department works within city government to improve the health and well-being of all citizens.





Currently enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or professional program at an academic institution.

Adhere to LMPHW and academic institutions guidelines.

Submits a cover letter, resume, and work plan to student experiences team.


Public Health Competencies/Skills Student May Strengthen During Placement:   

  • Evidence-Based Approaches to Public HealthStudent holding a certificate next to his mentors
  • Public Health & Health Care Systems
  • Planning & Management to Promote Health
  • Policy in Public Health
  • Leadership
  • Communications
  • Interprofessional Practice
  • Systems Thinking


How can I apply?   

Browse our student experiences catalog. Once you see a project you would like to complete, contact us and we will ask for a pdf copy of your resume and cover letter. The cover letter should include the title of the project you are interested in completing along with how this experience can be mutually beneficial to you and LMPHW.

If you do not see an opportunity that fits your needs and have an idea for a project, contact us and we will ask for your cover letter and resume as well as your project idea.

Student experiences cohorts (unless agreed upon by LMPHW and academic institution) will start January, May, and August of each year. To apply for each cohort, please submit your application by the following dates:

January cohort – November 15   
May cohort – March 15
August cohort – June 15

Student at podium presenting WORK AUTHORIZATION: U.S. Citizen, Permanent U.S. Resident, or Approved Student Status  

Practicum students will be required to apply through Louisville Metro Government and be approved prior to beginning their practicum work.  Selected candidates will receive applicable forms following the interview process.  The forms required to be completed for Louisville Metro Government are as follows:

---Employment Application Form

---Intern Agreement Form

---Record Check Form (In-State or Out of State)


DURATION: Student dependent

APPROXIMATE HOURS PER WEEK: 10‐40 hours per week (depends on student availability)

Students may be limited in the minimum or maximum number of hours they can work per semester based on their university, school or degree’s policies. If this work will be used as a practicum experience, the student should verify those requirements. Students should abide by their university policies.

**Please note these opportunities are unpaid, students must provide their own transportation.**


Download our Student Experiences Brochure