Student Placements at Public Health

Public Health accepts a limited number of student placements who have to complete a required placement/practicum to graduate from their school/academic program.

We offer opportunities for paid student placements and unpaid student placements.


Paid Student Placements 

Students are required to complete a paid placement/practicum in order to graduate from their academic program, or are hired by Public Health to provide support to departmental projects as required.

Paid student placements are typically available in the summer months from the beginning of May to the end of August, depending upon the placement position. We do not have opportunities available to accommodate undergraduate co-op student placements within our programs. Alternatively, co-op students can apply to Public Health's paid student placements and use them as their co-op placement, if appropriate. 

Paid student placements are offered in the following disciplines, but not limited to:

Graduate Students 

Role:

Assists with the assessment, analysis, planning, evaluation, and policy development, including data collection, group facilitation, community development, data analysis, program implementation, report writing and/or public health communication activities.

Qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled in a Masters level degree in the area of health planning or policy
  • Knowledge of public health research and policy development, health behaviours and behaviour change, systematic approaches to change, health promotion program development
  • Research and data analysis skills
  • Experience in planning and coordinating community meetings
  • Skill in the use of a computer, working with databases
  • Ability to write reports
Public Health Inspection (General)

Role:

Works with certified Public Health Inspectors, conducts inspections and investigation in a general program delivery model to identify and control potential health hazards under the provision of the Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA) and applicable regulation in food safety, water quality, rabies, infection control, tobacco control. Responds to potential health hazards and complaints. Examines sanitation conditions at various private and public premises.

Qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled in the Public Health and Safety Program at Ryerson University or a comparable program at another university
  • Knowledge of investigation, interviewing and the delivery of Public Health inspection programs
  • Knowledge of federal, provincial and municipal laws and regulations

Public Health Inspection (Vector-Borne Disease)

Role:

Conducts weekly collection and submission of mosquito samples for laboratory analysis. Participates in Vector-Borne Disease monitoring activities including tick dragging. Maintains records of activities performed in the program. Works with certified Public Health Inspectors, conducts inspections and investigation in a general program delivery model to identify and control potential health hazards under the provision of the Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA) and applicable regulation in food safety, water quality, rabies, infection control, tobacco control. Responds to potential health hazards and complaints. Examines sanitation conditions at various private and public premises.

Qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled in the Public Health and Safety Program at Ryerson University or a comparable program at another university
  • Knowledge of investigation, interviewing and the delivery of Public Health inspection programs
  • Knowledge of federal, provincial and municipal laws and regulations
Epidemiology 

Role:

Performs epidemiological and statistical analysis of primary or secondary data sources using applications such as MS Excel, SPSS, SAS, or EpiData. Interprets epidemiological data. Assists with routine epidemiological and analytic work, including tool development, data collection, database management, and data cleaning.

Qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled in a Masters level degree in Epidemiology
  • Knowledge of public health, biostatistics, epidemiological concepts and methods
  • Research, methodological, analytic skills and know in interpretation of epidemiological findings
  • Ability to write reports and clearly communicate technical information 

Unpaid Student Placements 

Note: Many of our unpaid placements are currently suspended. We continue to accept nursing and health information management applications only. 

Students are required to complete an unpaid student placement/practicum in order to graduate from their academic program. We accept a limited number of unpaid student placements from academic institutions with whom we have affiliation agreements, and offer them throughout the year in the following disciplines, but not limited to:

Nursing / Masters of Nursing

These placements are available to students who have a required placement through enrolment in the Bachelor or Masters in Nursing program. Work hours may be outside 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and travel to offsite locations may be required. Nursing students can be placed in many program areas; below are just a few of these areas:

  • Alcohol
  • Harm reduction
  • Healthy Babies Healthy Children
  • Healthy eating
  • Infectious diseases
  • Physical activity
  • Pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • Road and off-road safety
  • School health
  • Sexual health
  • Sun safety
  • Tobacco/Cannabis
  • Vaccine preventable diseases
Masters of Social Work

This placement is available for those students who have a required placement through enrolment in a graduate level Social Work program.

The focus of this placement is to provide leadership opportunities in the areas of research evaluation, program planning, community development, group facilitation and policy development.

The student assists with the assessment, analysis, planning, evaluation, and policy development, including data collection, group facilitation, community development, data analysis, program implementation, report writing and/or public health communication activities. 

Nutrition and Dietetics

This placement is available to students/interns who have a required placement through:

  • Enrolment in a Master's program that is accredited by Dietitians of Canada
  • Enrolment in a Nutrition Master's program, where students have already achieved their Registered Dietitian's designation
  • Enrolment in an accredited dietetic internship

The focus of this placement is to provide leadership opportunities in the areas of assessment, planning, implementation, communication and evaluation of Public Health Nutrition programs and program initiatives.

Student can be placed in one of the following areas:

  • Reproductive Health and Healthy Family Dynamics
  • Healthy Growth and Development
  • Healthy Eating and Active Communities
Paramedic Field

This placement is available to those students who have a required placement through enrolment in a Paramedic Program. Student placements are coordinated directly through the academic program and Emergency Medical Services.

The focus of the placement is to provide students with practical experiences in an ambulance service within the community, and to review, participate in and analyze emergency situations. First year students will be given the opportunity to ride out as observers only. Second year students will be given the opportunity to ride out, will be given more hands-on experiences, and will participate in basic patient care. 

Workplace Wellness

This placement is available to those students who are enrolled in a Workplace Health Promotion program at a university or post-graduate level.

The focus of the placement is to provide a variety of health promotion services to local workplaces interested in improving and/or sustaining healthy workplaces.

Students are involved in a variety of activities including program planning, implementation and evaluation, inter/intrasectoral collaboration, resource development, networking sessions, website maintenance, consultation, support and service delivery on a variety of health promotion topics that utilize a comprehensive workplace promotion approach. 

Administration

This placement is available to those students who have a required placement through enrolment in a Health Office Administration program at an accredited college or university.

Please note that there are a very limited number of opportunities available in this area. Placements must be a minimum of eight weeks for consideration.

The focus of the placement is to provide client service to members of the public, respond to client's requests for general and specific information, provide administrative support for program and clinical services, enter client information in an electronic medical records system and act as the clinic resource. 

Eligibility criteria for unpaid student placements

To be eligible for an unpaid student placement, you will need to be enrolled in a school/academic program which requires you to complete an unpaid placement/practicum in order to graduate.

Application process for unpaid student placements

Educational institutions typically request unpaid student placements for their students. Some educational institutions encourage their students to find placements on their own. Both are acceptable ways to begin the placement process.

Prior to being considered for an unpaid student placement, all students must complete the on-line Unpaid Student Placement Application. The online application is used to gather information about your:

  • Educational institution
  • Program/current year
  • Areas of interest
  • Anticipated placement start/end dates
  • Placement availability
  • Academic coordinators

Cover letter/resume - please note that cover letters and resumes are not used to screen applicants, but rather to provide information to the assigned preceptor on your education and work experience in order to better prepare for your orientation.

Placement process for unpaid student placement

The educational institution or the student needs to contact us to request an unpaid student placement. Although students are accepted throughout the year, it is recommended that requests for placements are submitted as follows:

Placement Period Deadline for student requests
Winter term (January - April) October 15
Spring/Summer term (May - August) February 15
Fall term (September - December) June 15

Application - the student completes the Unpaid Student Placement Application.

Screening - Public Health determines if application is accepted based on the fit of requested placement, the number of unpaid student placement requests, availability of preceptors, and program needs.

Interview - for some unpaid placements, student applicants will be interviewed to collect further information and determine if the student has the knowledge, skills and abilities to complete the placement successfully.

Acceptance/Decline - Public Health confirms/declines the unpaid student placement with educational institution or student. Public Health will do its best to match student's areas of interest to available placements, but this isn't always possible. Students may be placed in placements outside their areas of interest.

Confirmation letters - a couple of weeks prior to the start of a confirmed unpaid student placement, students will receive a confirmation letter, which includes the start/end dates of placements, assigned preceptor and/or manager and orientation dates.

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