All students enrolled in the Master of Public Health program must complete a practicum field experience in an organization, agency, or community that provides planning or services relevant to public health and their specialization. The goal of the M.P.H. practicum is to provide students the opportunity to use knowledge and skills acquired in the academic program under the direction of a preceptor /supervisor. The practicum also affords an opportunity to develop and apply certain competencies that are better developed outside of the classroom. Examples include the development of leadership ability and group process skills, political awareness and communication skills, understanding of public and private financing mechanisms, and understanding organizational behavior.
Access to the practicum course (HLTH 698) is an application process. Detailed information on the process is available in the MPH Practicum Guidelines. In order to sign up for the class, the following items must be satisfied:
Here are a few suggestions for practicum sites. If you are having any issues or need clarification, please contact the Practicum Coordinator (remember to include your name and ID number in all correspondence).
*The 120 hour requirement does not include technical aspects of the practicum requirements, such as completing paperwork with the site supervisor, obtaining the required signatures, and gaining approval. Time dedicated to completing course assignments is also not a part of the 120 hour commitment.
It is each student’s responsibility to find, arrange, and complete a satisfactory field experience that fulfills program requirements. The practicum coordinator and faculty here to help but the student is ultimately responsible for finding a practicum that will meet his or her particular needs. Find a Practicum Site