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An internship is an essential component of graduate professional education in public health as it ensures the integration of classroom experiences with public health practice. Internships are cooperative efforts between California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) and various non-profit and for-profit community partners and governmental agencies to provide MPH students with experiences that will help them be successful in their career as public health professionals. 

The primary purpose of the internship is to provide MPH students with integrative public health learning experience, where they can apply skills and knowledge, they have acquired through their coursework to real world experiences. Experience will vary, but students will be able to demonstrate competency attainment.