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M.P.H. Practicum Sites

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“The practicum gives students a broad and diverse experience of the field, and allows them to explore specialties beyond their intended career goals. Often students don’t understand how many things in life are integral to public health, or how many career possibilities there are. It is a vast field and they need to get out there and see how much of it is open to them.”

~ Diane Heck, M.P.H.

The Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) practicum allows students to interact with practitioners in public health, who then become mentors in the development of communications and organizational skills, research methods, and quantitative and qualitative analysis. Students also hone their abilities in problem-solving and advocacy.

Practicum sites are as distinct as our students. A survey of our most recent practicum class showed the following site distribution:

  • Community-based agency 37%
  • Hospital 28%
  • Private practice 12%
  • Government agency 7%
  • Health department 7%
  • Academic institution 7%
  • Pharmaceutical company 2% 

M.P.H. students report that the curriculum prepares them well for this real-world experience. A detailed application process helps students focus on their goals for their experience, and choose sites and projects that resonate with them personally and professionally.

Sample Practicum Projects:

  • Partnering with the March of Dimes national office, a Global Public Health student performed an analysis of newborn screening panels for 33 Latin American countries. Information on gross domestic product, rates of diseases applicable to newborns, and anomalies in population disease rates was assessed to identify barriers to testing and lead to recommendations for future steps to initiate improvement.
  • Partnering with staff at the City of Danbury (Connecticut) Health and Human Services department, a Health Policy and Management student compiled data on health-related indicators for ten towns in Western Connecticut to produce the Western Connecticut Report Card (CRC). The CRC was utilized by a community steering committee to create a searchable database of public health programs. Our student was instrumental in organizing a series of events surrounding the public release of the revised CRC.
  • Utilizing tools made available by the West Point Environmental Health and US Army Public Health command, an Environmental Public Health student conducted field surveys of mosquitoes and deer ticks to assess possible exposure to West Nile Virus and Lyme disease in the West Point community. The project determined best practices for reducing exposure to insect vectors and practice changes to reduce human exposure to insects.

Practicum Guidelines and Forms

The Public Health practicum provides students with a structured public health practice experience whereby they can take a population based-approach to a public health problem and apply the knowledge and skills acquired in the classroom. Please see the Practicum Guidelines‌ and all associated forms.