Internship International Public Health


Course Objective

The internship is a compulsory part of the Master’s programme and
involves many different aspects, such as theoretical preparation,
practical execution, literature survey, report writing, oral
presentation, and participation in the activities of the department.

The internship should be related to International Public Health.

At the end of the internship a scientific report of the work has to be
written as well as an oral presentation given.

For more (detailed) information, please see the placement manual.

Course Content

The internship is a compulsory part of the Masters’ programme in
Biomedical Sciences.

The internship has to be preceded by a research proposal. During the
internship, you write an extended research design, collect your data and
you do the final analysis. Finally you present your findings both orally
and in a report.

Teaching Methods

Placement, under supervision of VU-staff.

Method of Assessment

Within six weeks after the start of the internship a Go/No Go evaluation
is made by the VU supervisor. The aim of this interim evaluation is to
decide whether the project and the student both have enough potential to
continue (Go) or not (No Go). This evaluation is based on:
• Written material by the student, including a final research proposal
and either the Introduction or Methods section of the report or both.
• Attitude of the student and execution of the project during the
initial stage.

The final assessment of the internship is undertaken by the VU-
supervisor and the second assessor.
In the final assessment, the VU supervisor assesses four different
aspects of the internship:
• the attitude of the student
• the execution of the research
• the final report
• the oral presentation
The second assessor provides an assessment of the final report only.

The final report counts for 50% of the final grade, the oral
presentation for 20% and the execution of the research for 30%.
Only if marks for each item given by the VU-supervisor and the second
assessor are 6 or higher and the attitude is ‘sufficient' or 'good', the
internship is
regarded as sufficient. The final grade is calculated from the marks
given by both assessors and, together with other administrative details,
is summarized in the final assessment form, done by the master's

Entry Requirements

The student is enrolled in the Master’s programme Biomedical Sciences of
which the internship is part.
Before starting the placement, the student:
1) has passed Research Methods for Health Sciences, and
2) has received an additional 12 ECs in the specialization (total at
least 18 ECs).

For internships abroad generally an average grade of 7 or higher is

The second internship can only start after the first internship has been
fully completed.

Target Audience

Students from the MSc Biomedical Sciences with specialization
International Public Health

Additional Information

The Placement Manual is based upon the 'Student Placement (Internship)
and Research Project Regulations' of the Faculty of Earth and Life
Sciences (FALW). Detailed information can be found in the Placement
manual Biomedical Sciences on Canvas and in the Academic and
Examination Regulations (AER).

Duration of the internship is 5 months (30 EC).

It is not allowed for your literature thesis and internships to take
place on the same or on a highly similar subject or with same

Custom Course Registration

The research proposal is approved by the placement coordinator and the VU-supervisor, after which the application has to be approved by the masters’ coordinator in advance (on behalf of the examination board). The Placement Manual describes the process of completing the internship from the beginning (the admission) through the actual execution with its supervision to the final stage (assessment and grading) in consecutive order. The various stages of the process will be supported by forms which are supplied in the appendices or in links. Please see the placement manual on Canvas.

General Information

Course Code AM_471139
Credits 30 EC
Period Ac. Year (sept)
Course Level 600
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator dr. D.R. Essink
Examiner dr. R.J. van Belle-van den Berg
Teaching Staff

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.