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.

Fall 2019 Internship Opportunities

Condom Pop-Ups
Working in collaboration with the Sexual Health Advocates create a tabling outreach to increase knowledge of condoms, their role in preventing STIs, and how to obtain condoms on campus. Responsibilities include creating a short condom quiz to assess knowledge, creating an eye-catching display, as well as interactive table activities. Will be responsible for scheduling the tables, staffing the tables and compiling the quiz results. Hours include days and evenings. Internship works with the Director of Health Outreach, Promotion & Education.

Student Knowledge & Perception of Rutgers Student Health
Assess current student knowledge and perceptions of Rutgers Student Health through informal information gathering such as “word on the street” interviews, brief surveys, and social media. Develop brief “intercept” questions to assess knowledge, perceptions, and attitudes towards Student Health including whether or not students are aware of Student Health, various services and why students do/do not utilize student health. Analyze all data results. Position works with the Director of Health Outreach, Promotion & Education & the Assistant Director of Marketing.

PhotoVoice Exhibit Coordinator
PhotoVoice is a participatory action research methodology that utilizes photography as an assessment tool. In spring 2019, PhotoVoice was implemented at Rutgers – New Brunswick. There is now in displaying the photos at various locations throughout campus. This internship involves:
Inventorying the existing photos

  • Creating an explanation of the exhibit for display
  • Mounting narratives with the corresponding photographs
  • Creating a database of the exhibits (where, photos displayed, when)
  • Creating an evaluation tool for the each display

The internship will involve meeting with key contacts throughout Student Affairs and the larger university community including Academic Affairs.

To apply for any of the positions, please send an email, with a cover letter and current resume, to Francesca M. Maresca, PhD, CHES, Director, Health Outreach, Promotion & Education, at by August 31, 2019.

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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