James Madison University

Health 454/495

Faculty Supervisor: Dr. David L. Wenos
Health & Human Services 3113

I. Statement of Rationale and Purpose

A. Rationale

For students planning professional careers in Health Assessment and Promotion, an opportunity is needed to get involved in the actual day to day activities of a health agency. The involvement should provide an opportunity to apply and test the theory gained in academic courses.

B. Purposes

  • Gain an appreciation of the role of official, voluntary or for-profit health agencies.
  • Survey the various dimensions of health endeavors.
  • Extend the program of the health agency by contributing their abilities to new or on-going programs.

II. Course Objectives

A. Observe the application of various practices or procedures in the provision of health services by individual employees in a given specialty. The observations may include, but not be limited to the following areas:

  • Health Education
  • Environmental Health
  • Nursing
  • Disease Control
  • Rehabilitation (Cardiac, OT, PT)
  • Injury Control
  • Vital Statistics
  • Laboratory Services
  • Wellness Services
  • General Administration
  • Professional Relations
  • Personnel Administration
  • Quality Management
  • Financial Management
  • Agency Planning
  • Risk Management and Legal Issues
  • Exercise Programming
  • Corporate Fitness Programs

B. Function as a member of the health team by:

  • Assisting in on-going activities of the health agency. The exact nature of these activities will depend on the student's area of concentration.
  • Developing and implementing a new program or activity in which community organization principles are applied to Health Promotion or Health Education.

C. Application of the following activities to one or more health or health management problems:

  • Community organization
  • Liaison person among organizations
  • Pre-service or in-service education
  • Resource person to schools, organizations, study groups, etc.
  • Mass media communications
  • Information services: pamphlets, films, annual reports, or others
  • Data gathering and analysis
  • Policy or procedure development
  • Accreditation/licensing preparation
  • Administrative record keeping
  • Operational auditing and evaluation
  • Budgeting and budget compliance monitoring

III. Performance Standards and Evaluation

A joint decision between the field supervisor and faculty internship advisor, an evaluation of the field experience will be made. A grade will be assigned by the faculty internship advisor.


  • JMU Summer Hours
    Business hours from May 6 - August 16, 2013 will be Monday - Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Friday, 8:00 a.m. - noon.