Practical experience is an integral part of the Community Health Promotion curriculum at Illinois State University. During the professional practice experience the student must apply the knowledge and skills gained in the classroom to an actual setting. The student assumes responsibilities for carrying out work assignments and special projects while receiving guidance and evaluation from a field supervisor and program faculty.
The Health Promotion and Education program at Illinois State utilizes over 150 professional practice sites in Illinois and other states. Students are encouraged to identify a professional practice site that matches a personal area of interest or geographical preference. The final grade is based on evidence of personal skills and knowledge of health education, decision-making ability, communication skills, initiative, punctuality, and completion of projects.
An internship (professional practice) experience is scheduled for nine to twelve weeks at 40 hours per week. The experience occurs anytime during the year but most commonly during the spring of the student's final semester before graduaton. This experience allows the student the opportunity to provide practical health promotion and education experiences in community settings.
Students in School Health Promotion and Education complete a semester of Student Teaching as their professional practice experience. Students assume responsibilty for teaching a state approved health curriculum under the supervision of a certified teacher. Student Teaching is a full time assignment lasting a semester; generally the final semester prior to graduation.
For more information, contact:
Ms. Christy Bazan
Health Education Program Director