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M.P.H. Practicum (HLTH 698)

The MPH Student Handbook has been designed to guide students for academic success toward a public health career by providing an overview of the policies and procedures of the MPH program here at Liberty University. Inside you will find specific guidelines that will be essential for your success in becoming a Masters of Public Health graduate from the admissions process to course selection and MPH program gates to the practicum.

All students entering the MPH program should review the MPH Orientation slides to better understand program expectations and the resources at Liberty University to help students navigate the program.

Orientation Dates:

  • Spring 2019: January 18
  • Fall 2019: August 23

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 the 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.


Deadlines

  • Fall 2018: July 18
  • Spring 2019: Dec. 7

All paperwork must be submitted to the practicum coordinator by this date.

Attention: There is currently a hold on all practicums occurring in the state of California. If you have any questions please contact Giordana Morales, gmorales11@liberty.edu.


Prerequisites

Access to the practicum course (HLTH 698) is an application process. Detailed information on the process is available in the M.P.H. Practicum Guidelines. In order to apply for the class, the following criteria must be met:

  • Successfully complete the core M.P.H. courses and the declared area of specialization (i.e., Epidemiology, Global Health, Health Promotion, or Nutrition courses). All core and specialization courses must be successfully completed prior to applying for the practicum course, without exception
  • Complete a Background Check through CastleBranch.
  • Complete the Student Practicum Agreement and APEX form. The agreement form must be attached to the APEX form in order to submit. Remember to mail the original form to the Practicum Coordinator.

If you are having any issues or need clarification, please contact the Practicum Coordinator at gmorales11@liberty.edu (remember to include your name and ID number in all correspondence).


Course Requirements

  • 120 hours (minimum)
  • A pre-defined project that assists an organization in addressing an unmet need while supporting student growth in developing skills in public health practice
  • Preceptor site approval from director and practicum coordinator

Course Structure

  • Timeframe: A student signed up for the practicum must complete 120 hours minimum in a public health setting over a 15 week period/one semester. The time commitment must be completed within the dates of the online course (i.e., students may not "bank" hours outside of the term for use during the practicum class).
  • Online Component: The online class component will serve to connect student learning and provide an opportunity for cross discussion.
  • Minimum Hours: The M.P.H. curriculum requires students to complete a minimum of 120 hours of practical fieldwork in a public health practice setting. That means 120 hours of fieldwork at/for the site.

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, gaining approval, or time spent completing course assignments.

It is the responsibility of each student to find, arrange, and complete a field experience that fulfills program requirements. The practicum coordinator and faculty will support students throughout this experience. However, the student is ultimately responsible for finding a practicum that will meet his or her particular needs.


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