Health Outreach, Promotion, and Education (HOPE) has a unique and collaborative relationship with the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, providing a number of academic opportunities for students. We also have opportunities for students interested in Eta Sigma Gamma, the national Health Science/Health Education honor society.

HOPE Internships and Practicums

HOPE is an internship and practicum site for Public Health and other majors. Interested students must make an appointment to discuss possible placements with Francesca M. Maresca, Director of HOPE, or Mark Cruz, Health Education Specialist. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that a HOPE placement meets their program requirements and to complete all necessary paperwork.

Spring 2019 Internship Opportunities

Photovoice: A Visual Assessment of Wellness
This internship involves assisting with Photovoice, a participatory action research project where photography is an assessment tool. Tasks include logistical assistance in setting up interviews, taking (and passing) CITI Training for Human Subjects, assisting with interviews and transcribing interviews, and assisting with the planning and implementation of a culminating photo exhibit. Must have a flexible schedule with evening availability.

Spring Safer Sex Outreach
This internship involves coordinating safer sex outreach on campus including (but not limited to) events around Valentine’s Day and Spring Break. Outreach can include tabling events, coordinating workshops in collaboration with the Sexual Health Advocates as well as condom education and distribution. Must have a flexible schedule with evening availability.

Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Content Development
This internship involves developing content for our AOD website ( The intern will assess the site’s current content, research similar sites at Big 10 and other peer institutions, and make recommendations on new, additional content, editing of current content, as well as how to most effectively present the information on the AOD website. In collaboration with the Director of HOPE and the Assistant Director of Marketing for Health & Wellness, the intern will write content for the site. Final recommendations and potential new content will be presented to the Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Committee.

To apply for these specific internships, please send your current resume and a brief statement of interest to Francesca M. Maresca, PhD, CHES, Director, Health Outreach, Promotion & Education at by December 14, 2018.

Public Health Education (PHE)

Certificate Program

The PHE certificate helps students prepare for the national Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) examination by covering the requisite material in a series of related courses. The certificate program is open to students in any major and is awarded only with or subsequent to earning a bachelor’s degree. Only courses with grades of C or better may be applied toward the certificate program.

Students from all majors are welcome to take the following courses. Public Health majors and minors are eligible for the PHE Certificate Program.

For course descriptions go to the Bloustein School Course Catalogue. Courses taught by HOPE staff members, as adjunct faculty through the Public Health Program, are marked with asterisks.

Program Requirements

  • 10:832:241 Principles of Health Education (3)
  • 10:832:345 Health Program Development (3)
  • 10:832:346 Health Program Evaluation (3)
  • 10:832:352 Community Health Promotion (3) – Prerequisite 10:832:241

Required Electives (at least 6 cr)

  • 10:832:262 Peer Education Advocacy (3)
  • 10:832:301 Sexual Health Advocacy (3) – Prerequisite: permission of instructor; course not open to seniors
  • 10:832:350 Drugs, Culture, and Society (3)
  • 10:832:351 Addictions Policy (3)
  • 10:832:353 Science of Prevention (3) – Prerequisite 10:832:350
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