Recruiting our students

We believe the fastest way to improve health for all people is to prepare the next generation of public health leaders.

How to hire

Our students and alumni are diverse, highly qualified and prepared to take on some of public health’s leading challenges. Whether you’re looking to post a practicum or fill a job opening, our students and alumni make great hires.

Using Handshake

We utilize Handshake, an online job board and career development platform, to share openings and opportunities with our students and alumni. For free access to post positions for practicums, fellowships, graduate assistantships, temporary or contract jobs, or permanent employment opportunities, create an account in Handshake or use your existing Handshake account and link to our school under "University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHealth) School of Public Health."

Make sure to review the UTHealth Handshake Employer Guide when getting started.

For additional help, please consult the Handshake Help Center for Employers or contact us at SPHCareerServices@uth.tmc.edu.

To host a practicum

Similar to an internship, the practicum is a unique opportunity to apply classroom learning in a workplace setting. Under the direction of a faculty mentor, our graduate students work closely with a host-site supervisor (or preceptor) to design and complete a project that both engages the student’s goals and interests and benefits your organization. For more information about hosting a practicum, click here.

Organizations that want to host a practicum have two options for sharing with our students.

Option 1: Post the practicum opportunity directly in Handshake

This option is best for organizations that already have a set role in mind for a student to fill as part of their practicum experience. Be sure to review the Preceptor’s Guide to Handshake.

Handshake does not use the term practicum or preceptor. Instead, you’ll list the practicum as the “Internship” job type, and the organization hosting the practicum is listed as the employer.  Please note that students at other universities and colleges who subscribe to Handshake will also be able to view the opportunity.

Option 2:  Add your organization to a list of practicum host sites

If you would like to host a practicum student, but do not have a specific opportunity planned, please email the practicum team at practicum@uth.tmc.edu to have your organization placed on a list of those interested in hosting a practicum student. Students interested in conducting a practicum at your organization will contact you about developing a project that both serves their goals as students and benefits your organization.

Please provide the information below in an email to practicum@uth.tmc.edu to be placed on this general opportunities list:

  • Organization name
  • Department name
  • Contact name
  • Contact email address
  • Contact phone number



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