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GET PHIT WILL PROVIDE ELIGIBLE STUDENTS WITH PAID INTERNSHIPS WITHIN HEALTH DEPARTMENTS, NON-PROFITS, AND HEALTH SYSTEMS EVERY SEMESTER
Fall 2023 Application is OPEN
International Students: Approval processes for international students are still being discussed with the Office of International Affairs (OIA). Unfortunately, we cannot process applications (paid or unpaid) until this is finalized. We appreciate your patience and will continue to communicate updates for future semesters.
Internship Application Materials
In addition to providing your personal information, applicants will need to provide the following items:
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.
|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|
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.
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.
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.)
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.
Unfortunately, once you participate in a GET PHIT internship for a semester and complete your 160 hours, you cannot participate again.
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.
Please ensure that your organization has the capacity to provide one or more students with a 160-hour internship and that there are available projects that can help develop or strengthen informatics-related skills and competencies. Please refer to the Applied Public Health Informatics Competency Model for examples of such competencies.
If your organization has such capacity, you may contact us at GETPHITInternships@uth.tmc.edu and we will collect additional information.
A signed letter of affiliation must be provided before your organization can participate as a host site for GET PHIT interns. If your organization requires additional procedures, please feel free to contact us.
Yes. We will collect more information from you once you contact us.
Are you interested in being a GET PHIT Student Ambassador?
Student ambassadors share their experiences from the GET PHIT Internship program with other prospective students and promote engagement in GET PHIT activities.