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HSCI 496: Internship in Environmental Health.


The mission of California State University, San Bernardino is to enhance the intellectual, cultural and personal development of its students.  Serving the inland Southern California, in one of the fastest growing regions in the nation, the university seeks to serve the educational needs of the region and the state by offering a wide range of academic programs and support services.  The overall goal is to prepare students to assume leadership roles in the 21st century.
The College of Natural Sciences enhances the quality of life and health of the communities it serves by promoting educational, social, economic, scientific, and cultural advancement through:
Establishing centers of academic leadership in the fields of biology, chemistry, computer science, geology, health science, kinesiology, mathematics, nursing, and physics;
Meeting the emerging and identified needs of the community;
Developing new academic programs to meet future challenges;
Linking research and teaching that will benefit K-12, undergraduate and graduate education;
Applying interdisciplinary approaches for the solution of problems;
Preparing students for advanced studies;
Fostering camaraderie and providing a safe environment for faculty, staff, students, and administration;
Enabling students and faculty to achieve their full potential in their quest for learning and teaching; and,
Cultivating the appreciation of the relevance of the sciences in everyday life through outreach and public education.
The general objectives of the Environmental Health Science Program are:
To prepare highly competent 21st Century professionals in the discipline of environmental health science and protection.
To promote critical thinking and to produce graduates with broad public health knowledge, applied technical and human skills, clear personal and social values, civic commitment to the community, and a desire for lifelong learning and achievement.
To keep the program committed to achieving excellence in undergraduate education by being at the forefront of scientific advancement and professional practice in the areas of research, teaching and service consistent with the philosophy and goals of the California State University System, San Bernardino, College of Natural Sciences, and the Department of Health Science and Human Ecology.

Course Description:

Individual study in an environmental health program. Student will be placed with public health agencies to gain applied or research experience. Prerequisite: health science majors with a concentration in environmental health science and senior class standing or consent of instructor. (6 units).

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

SLO 20.1: Demonstrate the ability to anticipate, recognize, evaluate and solve problems in a workplace setting using knowledge, tools, and skills appropriate for entry-level environmental health science positions.              
SLO 20.2: Complete a technical project report demonstrating satisfactory evidence of knowledge, skills, professionalism, and time-management skills.

Course Specific SLOs

  1. To be able to understand the general routine operations of a local environmental health or related agency.
  2. To work on a project of mutual benefit to both student and the

         sponsoring agency.

  1. To gain practical experience of working in real-life situation. 

 Accreditation Competency:

          HSCI 496 meets the field experience in environment health competency of the
          National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council and
          California Department of Public Health, Environmental Health Specialist
          Registration Committee.

Course Guidelines:

In order to satisfy the requirements of this course, the students will follow guidelines and instructions as follows:

  1. The internship should be completed at an agency/establishment capable enough to fulfill student learning needs in one or more elements of environmental health science.
  2. Approved agency/establishment refers to local agency such as county department of environmental health services, special districts such as air quality, vector control or water districts, and miscellaneous other establishments of environmental health or industrial hygiene programs at military or commercial/industrial manufacturing outfits.
  3. Service learning duration: Up to 200 hours training (1-6 units).
  4. Student advisement. It is divided in to three phases.

Phase I. Student fills out form of intent (IEH Form: 01 ) and get advisement from a faculty advisor before selecting the program for his/her internship.
The student is referred to an agency contact person. At the same time the advisor sends out a signed agreement form (IEH Form: 02 ) along with a cover letter, requesting the agency contact person to return the form after being signed by the contact person.
Phase II. It involves a midway progress report by the student to the advisor. The report may be in writing or verbal, as acceptable to the advisor. About this time, the advisor sends the evaluation form to be completed by the sponsoring agency at the completion of the student project.
Phase III. Upon completion of the training the student submits a written final report on his/her service learning experience and a journal of activities by date and time duly signed by the internship supervisor . Upon receipt of the above-mentioned items and evaluation (IEH Form: 03) from the sponsoring agency, the advisor evaluates the student's performance and gives a final letter grade.


Internship Instructions:

The internship process includes the following:

  • General Orientation: The student is given a general overview of the agency operation, working environment, and familiarity with daily conduct as well as routine paperwork. The student should understand the administrative setup and the agency chain of command. The student should abide by the rules and regulations of the agency.
  • Student Responsibility: During the entire training period, the student should follow a code of ethics and follow all applicable rules and regulations of the agency. Under any circumstances, the student shall not misuse the agency property or abuse its reputation.
  • Student Project: In consideration of both the agency needs and student desire, the student is engaged on a real project in one of the programs of environmental health such as food sanitation, water quality, hazardous wastes, vector control, housing, recreational health, land use, etc. Said Project must be beneficial to both the student and the sponsoring agency.
  • Supervision: Under supervision, the student carries out most of the tasks required under the project.
  • Participation: Student participation should be at a level commensurate with real life job experience.
  • Final Report: At the completion of the project, the student shall submit to the faculty advisor a final report along with a journal of activities by date and time. The final report shall follow a format such as title, introduction, objectives, activities, outcome, summary and references.