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Gaining Equity in Training for Public

Health Informatics and Technology

Grant and Program Overview


The Gaining Equity in Training for Public Health Informatics and Technology (GET PHIT) Consortium plans to train 1,400 students predominantly (greater than 75%) from underrepresented groups and 500 public health, clinic, and academic professionals, while placing 400 students in internships. Led by The University Texas of Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health (SPH) and School of Biomedical Informatics (SBMI), the GET PHIT Consortium is collaborating with Huston-Tillotson University (HBCU); Prairie View A&M University (HBCU); Texas A&M International University (HSI); Texas Tech University Health Science Center; The University of Texas at Arlington (HSI); The University of Texas at El Paso (HSI); The University of Texas Permian Basin (HSI); and The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (HSI).

Students will participate in:

Summer Bootcamps, delivered both Face-to-Face and Online

Summer Bootcamps, delivered both Face-to-Face and Online

Modules integrated into existing undergraduate curriculum

Modules integrated into existing undergraduate curriculum

Post-baccalaureate certificates

Post-baccalaureate certificates

Master’s degrees

Master’s degrees

Professionals will have access to freely available, online, asynchronous public health informatics and technology curriculum throughout the life of the grant. GET PHIT will leverage its many public health, community, and other partners to ensure the student internships are meaningful.

GET PHIT Collaborators


Summer Bootcamp

In-person Summer Bootcamp

The in-person summer bootcamp is for undergraduates who may be interested in public health informatics. They will be offered in different locations each summer, open to all currently enrolled undergraduate students. The first week of the 2-week experience will be comprised of a combination of informational lectures and hands-on, practice exercises. The students will spend the second week working on research projects. They will be divided into small groups with faculty mentors. Project ideas may come from the faculty or the students.

The bootcamp curriculum will include:

  • Introduction to Public Health Informatics (PHI)
  • Data Standards
  • Public Health Analytics
  • Privacy and Security
  • Emerging Trends in PHI
  • Public Health Surveillance
  • Epidemiology
  • Bias and Equity in data use

Examples of potential projects include:

  • Building a decision-making dashboard for a rural public health department
  • Collecting public health data via a variety of methods
  • Developing an algorithm to identify specific risk factors

If you have any questions about the GET PHIT Bootcamps, please contact us at GETPHITBootcamp@uth.tmc.edu.

Summer Bootcamp

  • In-person

    In-person Summer Bootcamp

    The in-person summer bootcamp is for undergraduates who may be interested in public health informatics. They will be offered in different locations each summer, open to all currently enrolled undergraduate students. The first week of the 2-week experience will be comprised of a combination of informational lectures and hands-on, practice exercises. The students will spend the second week working on research projects. They will be divided into small groups with faculty mentors. Project ideas may come from the faculty or the students.

    The bootcamp curriculum will include:

    • Introduction to Public Health Informatics (PHI)
    • Data Standards
    • Public Health Analytics
    • Privacy and Security
    • Emerging Trends in PHI
    • Public Health Surveillance
    • Epidemiology
    • Bias and Equity in data use

    Examples of potential projects include:

    • Building a decision-making dashboard for a rural public health department
    • Collecting public health data via a variety of methods
    • Developing an algorithm to identify specific risk factors

    If you have any questions about the GET PHIT Bootcamps, please contact us at GETPHITBootcamp@uth.tmc.edu.

  • Online

    Online Summer Bootcamp

    The online bootcamp will be delivered virtually, using a learning management system over a period of approximately 8 weeks. Each unit will include recorded lectures and exercises. Students and mentors will interact virtually at mutually convenient times. The small group projects will be completed under the guidance of a faculty mentor over the second 4 weeks. Examples of potential projects include building a decision-making dashboard for a rural public health department; collecting public health data via a variety of methods; or developing an algorithm to identify specific risk factors.

    The bootcamp curriculum will include:

    • Introduction to Public Health Informatics (PHI)
    • Data Standards
    • Public Health Analytics
    • Privacy and Security
    • Emerging Trends in PHI
    • Public Health Surveillance
    • Epidemiology
    • Bias and Equity in data use

    GET PHIT Online Bootcamp consists of approximately 36 hours of material delivered over a period of eight weeks, requiring roughly 4.5 hours of work each week.

    The Bootcamp contains 4 weeks of lectures and assessment/activity materials estimated to take 18 hours to complete. The remaining 4 weeks will be working on a research project with a group for an estimated 18 hours. Actual time spent may vary from person to person.

    If you have any questions about the GET PHIT Bootcamps, please contact us at GETPHITBootcamp@uth.tmc.edu.

  • Bootcamp Application

    Summer Bootcamp Application

    Students will apply to participate in the summer bootcamp. Each summer a minimum of 125 students will be accepted and supported by a stipend of $1,500. Stipends will be allocated on a first applied, first accepted basis. International students applying to the GET PHIT Bootcamp are able to participate but are not eligible for the bootcamp stipend.

    In Summer 2022, GET PHIT hosted in-person bootcamps at UT Permian Basin, Texas A&M International University, and Huston-Tillotson University. GET PHIT hosted one online bootcamp.

    In Summer 2023, GET PHIT will be hosting in-person bootcamps at Prairie View A&M University, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, UT Arlington, and UT El Paso, as well as an Online bootcamp.

    Please check back for the location dates and applications.

Internships


GET PHIT WILL PROVIDE ELIGIBLE STUDENTS WITH PAID INTERNSHIPS WITHIN HEALTH DEPARTMENTS, NON-PROFITS, AND HEALTH SYSTEMS EVERY SEMESTER

THE GET PHIT internship is a 160 hour part-time paid internship. Students will receive a stipend ranging from $2,440 - $3,000 based on education and skill.

Spring 2023 Application is CLOSED.

Please check back in Spring 2023 for Summer 2023 Internship Application.

Eligibility:

  • Must be a student at a GET PHIT institution
  • Must participate in a GET PHIT bootcamp, approved program and/or course
  • Have a strong interest in public health informatics and data science
  • Students from underrepresented minorities are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to apply

Important Update: International students applying to the GET PHIT Internship program are eligible to participate in unpaid GET PHIT internship opportunities. The availability of unpaid internships may differ by semester and are not guaranteed. If interested, students must seek approval and clearance from their respective office of international affairs and relevant offices/advisors before proceeding. Clearance to participate does not automatically guarantee an unpaid internship.

Internship Application Materials

In addition to providing your personal information, applicants will need to provide the following items:

  • Unofficial transcript from your current institution
  • Resume/CV
  • Name and contact information for a recommender (someone who can attest to your skills, leadership, character, and the like)
  • Personal statement (500 words or less) addressing your interest in public health informatics, data science, and/or other relevant topics, and how this program will support your growth and development.

These items can be directly provided and/or uploaded to your application.

Semester * Internship Dates ** Deadline to Apply
Summer 2022 Early June – Mid Aug April 1
Fall 2022 Early Sep – Early Dec July 1
Spring 2023 Early Feb – Early May Oct 1

*GET PHIT Internships will also be available in years 2023, 2024 and 2025. Check back for updates to schedule. ** Specific start dates may vary and will depend on internship sites and processing.

HAVE QUESTIONS? EMAIL US AT: GETPHITInternships@uth.tmc.edu

Professional Development


The professional development courses offered by GET PHIT were developed based on a needs assessment of Texas public health agencies. The professional development courses will be online only and self-directed. Although participants will need to register, the education will be offered at no charge for the duration of the grant (until September 2025). Continuing education certificates will be awarded upon the completion of each unit.

Courses Available for Registration:

Introduction to Public Health Informatics

Public Health Analytics