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Health Informatics and Technology



Fall 2024 Application is OPEN
Deadline to Apply is July 1st, 2024


  • Must be a student at a GET PHIT institution
    • UTHealth Houston -School of Public Health and McWilliams School of Biomedical Informatics, Huston-Tillotson University, Prairie View A&M University, Texas A&M International University, Texas Tech University Health Science Center, The University of Texas at Arlington, The University of Texas at El Paso, The University of Texas at Tyler, The University of Texas Permian Basin, and The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
  • 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
  • Students may only participate in the GET PHIT internship program for one semester

International Students: Due to processing requirements, the GET PHIT team cannot process applications (paid or unpaid) for international students. We apologize for any inconvenience and encourage you to explore other opportunities available at your home institution. We sincerely appreciate your understanding and wish you the best in your endeavors.

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 Early June – Mid Aug April 1
Fall Early Sep – Early Dec July 1
Spring Early Jan – 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.

With the completion of the GET PHIT Internship, students can earn a certificate and badge that can be shared and viewed by others.

GET PHIT Host Sites

Are you interested in being a GET PHIT host site?
Please complete the short inquiry form and a member of our team will be in contact.

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Host Site Participation List

  • Host Site Participation List
    AccessHealth (Fort Bend Family Health Center) City of Laredo Health Department
    Area Health Education Center of the
    Mid Rio Grande Border Area
    City of Lubbock Health Department
    Austin Public Health Community First! Village;
    Wellness Advisory Board
    Baylor College of Medicine Dallas County Health and Human Services
    Bread of Life, Inc. East Harris County Empowerment Council
    Cameron County Health Department Harris County Public Health
    CAN DO Houston Harris Health System
    Center for Urban Transformation Harris Health Systems
    (Maternal Substance Use Program)
    Children at Risk Houston Food Bank
    City of Brownsville Health Department Houston Health Foundation
    City of El Paso Department of Public Health IQuESt - Center for Innovations in Quality
    City of Houston Health Department

    Livestrong Cancer Institutes -
    Dell Medical School (UT Austin)
    SCAN Inc., Prevention, HOPES
    MD Anderson Cancer Center  Tarrant County Public Health
    Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute Texas Action for Healthy Kids
    New Hope Housing Texas Association of Community Health Centers
    Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation (PCCI) Texas Department of State Health Services
    Paso del Norte Health Information Exchange Texas Health Resources
    Patient Care Intervention Center The Montrose Center
    People's Community Clinic The Texas Association of City & County Health Officials (TACCHO)
    PMC Group I U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
    ProUnitas Inc. University Health
    Research Triangle Institute (RTI International) UTHealth SPH Health Equity Collective
    Rio Grande Valley Health
    Information Exchange (RGV HIE)
    Williamson County and Cities Health District
    San Jose Clinic

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  • What is public health informatics and why is it important?

    The public health informatics institute defines informatics as “the process by which raw data turn into digestible information and, subsequently, knowledge”. The use of informatics in public health practice is what enables effective public health surveillance and allows us to monitor the vast number of public health issues that are impacting our communities.

    Through public health informatics we can have access to timely and accurate data and make data-driven decisions that support better health outcomes and improve population health.

  • How can a GET PHIT internship benefit me as a student?

    A GET PHIT internship will give you the opportunity to acquire knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for understanding and addressing informatics-related issues in public health work. You will have the opportunity to develop a wide range of competencies, such as those outlined in the Applied Public Health Informatics Competency Model. You will also gain professional work experience and strengthen your readiness for the public health informatics workforce.

  • Do I need to have previous experience or a specific set of skills to participate in the internship program?

    You don’t need to have extensive knowledge, advanced level skills, or previous work experience in public health informatics to be considered. However, if you are an undergraduate student, completion of the GET PHIT bootcamp is required prior to being considered (see bootcamp section on webpage for more details). If you’re a graduate student your public health informatics-related coursework will suffice (this includes any introductory courses in epidemiology, biostatistics, data analysis, data management, etc.)

  • What types of projects will interns be expected to complete?

    Project will vary and depend on the host site/organization you are matched with. Projects can involve data collection, data management, data cleaning, data analysis, data visualization, data programming, etc.

  • Can I participate in the program for more than one semester?

    Unfortunately, once you participate in a GET PHIT internship for a semester and complete your 160 hours, you cannot participate again.

  • Does the program offer virtual/remote internships?

    There are both virtual and remote opportunities. However, this is dependent on each host site and their capacity. We will do our best to match you with a host site that aligns with your preference, however, we cannot guarantee any specific placements.


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