Host a Student

Host a Student

Hosting a practicum student is an opportunity to benefit from CUNY MPH/MS or DPH student support and to help prepare future graduates for public health practice.

Students apply their public health skills in data analysis, program planning or evaluation, policy research, health communications, and more, to help organizations advance their work.

All CUNY MPH/MS and DPH students are required to complete 180 hours of applied learning in an approved setting, overseen by a preceptor at a host organization. Students receive 3 credits towards their degree for this work.

What kind of organization is appropriate to be a practicum host site?
Any organization that researches, provides, plans for, coordinates, organizes, pays for, or regulates public health services is usually a valid practicum site. This can include government agencies, hospitals or clinics, community organizations, policy think tanks, consulting firms, research institutions, advocacy organizations, global health organizations or for-profit institutions.

What types of projects are appropriate for students?
Projects may involve program planning, implementation or operation, applied public health research, community health education and outreach, health advocacy, or other appropriate public health-related work.  Projects should have clear goals, activities, and associated deliverables.

How do I submit a project?
Please contact oel@cuny.sph.edu for more information.