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Extended JBS Program

Duration: June 1 through Dec. 16, 2010
Potential Credits earned: 20

This HSSP Extended JBS program would provide 20 credits or five courses (two of which could count as core or required courses for the HSSP major and one as an area C elective, with the Health Care Landscape counting as a "free elective."). 

Eight credits (two courses) of the fall component would count toward the general graduation requirement.

Following the summer, JBS program students spend the fall semester in a health-oriented site for a minimum of 300 hours contact (and probably more) engaging in experience-based learning pedagogy. Students will deepen and extend their understanding of theoretic frameworks and research skills introduced in the Health Care Landscapes course through systematic analysis of students' respective internships.

Students will communicate with each other and faculty by way of online interactive blog (with required student contributions, to be determined by coordinating instructor). The final product for the fall component is a 30-40 page research oriented paper and a 20 minute power point presentation of their experience to be shared on Capstone Day.

Since the inception of the Health: Science, Society, and Policy Program, students have conducted internships at approximately 160 health and healthcare organizations. From these prior collaborations, the HSSP faculty has identified placements and internship supervisors who historically offered high quality internships with strong mentorship, as well as challenging and relevant work.

Upon enrollment in the summer program students will meet with the instructor to discuss the internship variables for the student (i.e., location, field of interest, etc.) and then identify relevant internship placements from the priority list.

If the instructor and student jointly decide that the priority list does not meet the student's needs, the student will pursue other internship opportunities with faculty support from the Instructor. This could be a benefit to some students who could live home while completing the internship.


Listed below, courses numbers one through three will run concurrently throughout the summer and courses numbers four through five will run in the fall.

  1. HSSP 100: Introduction to Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Population Health (Four credits)
  2. HSSP 102: Global Perspectives on Health (Four credits)
  3. New HSSP 120: Health Care Landscape (Four  credits)
  4. HSSP 89aj: Internship and Analysis (Four credits)
  5. HSSP 98aj: Independent Research in Health, Science, Society, and Policy (Four credits)
5. HSSP 89aj  Internship and Analysis

Taught by Rebekah Zincavage

A supervised internship in a health care or policy organization. Internships may include work in a department of public health, hospital or health care agency, health advocacy organization, or other appropriate government or private-sector organization; but regardless of the venue, the internship itself must focus on some aspect of health and public service and be approved by the JBS instructor prior to enrollment. Students are required to participate in a regular blog and internet communication with the instructor and other students.  Students are required to complete a thirty five to forty page research paper in conjunction with HSSP 98aj and present a 20 minute powerpoint presentation on capstone day. Four credits.

6. HSSP 98aj  Independent Research in Health: Science, Society, and Policy
Under the direction of a member of the HSSP faculty or faculty sponsor approved by HSSP chair, students conduct an intensive laboratory- or field-based project that culminates in a thirty five to forty page research paper in conjunction with HSSP 89aj in the JBS program. Four credits.