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 and attend an orientation seminar the semester BEFORE they plan on doing their practicum.
How do I find a practicum site?
OEL maintains a database of practicum sites that have been approved. Students must then contact the sites of interest to explore potential projects relevant to their concentrations and career goals.
If a student has identified a site of interest that is not included on the OEL approved sites, contact the Office with the following information: the web link, contact person, and any relevant details for OEL to follow up and determine if the organization is a suitable practicum site. This information is to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.