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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:
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:
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.