MPH/MS Students

MPH/MS Students

MPH/MS students are required to demonstrate the application of public health competencies through a practicum experience that is relevant to the students’ area of specialization.

Each MPH or MS-EOHS student must complete a supervised practicum experience (minimum 180 hours) while enrolled in the practicum course (PUBH 696).

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the prerequisites for practicum?
Students must have completed at least 18 credits toward their degrees, including biostatistics, epidemiology, and two courses in their area of concentration, prior to completing their practicums.

What types of projects are appropriate for practicum?
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.  Note: All Maternal, Child, Reproductive and Sexual Health students must complete their practicums in this area of specialization.

I am ready to do my practicum. What do I need to do before I can register for class?
Each semester OEL circulates a pre-registration form to all students via School of Public Health student email accounts.  Students must check their email accounts for announcements regarding pre-registration and required orientation dates. Note: Students must pre-register for practicum the semester BEFORE they plan on doing their practicum.

How do I find a practicum site?
OEL circulates site information to students who pre-register. Students must then contact sites to find projects relevant to their concentrations and career goals. Students also can submit sites not on the OEL list for pre-approval. Please send the web link, contact information, and any relevant details to for review.

How does my practicum experience relate to the Capstone project requirement?
The practicum should provide the basis for the Capstone paper.  There are two options for the type of Capstone papers students can do: a research paper or a practice paper. For more details, please see the Capstone handbook.

I work full-time. How do I fit this into my already busy schedule?
Some students modify their work schedules or use vacation time to complete their hours. Students should discuss scheduling needs with potential preceptors to see if they can be accommodated.  In some instances, students who are employed in an appropriate public health setting, may request approval to do their practicum at their place of employment.  In such cases, practicum projects must be outside of students’ current scope of work and responsibilities.