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.

Internship Opportunities

Assessing Student Interest in Mental Health Tele-Health

More and more companies are creating apps and web-based tools for students to help manage emotional wellness, assess mental health, build resilience and more. But what do students really think about these tools? Would they use them? Do they have a sense that they would be effective? This project would involve assessing current students’ attitudes, perceptions and possible interest in tele-health options related to mental health. The intern will research tele-health options, recruit for focus groups, facilitate them and analyze the results to make potential recommendations related to tele-health. Some nights will be required.

Interested candidates should email their resume and cover letter to Francesca M. Maresca, Director of HOPE, at

Deadline for applications: December 6, 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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