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School of Public Health

University of Washington School of Public Health

Experiential Learning

MPH Practicum

The Master of Public Health is a practitioner-oriented degree that emphasizes the improvement of policy and practice. The field practicum is an integral component of professional training in public health and is required of all MPH students in accredited programs such as those offered by the University of Washington’s School of Public Health.

The practicum gives MPH students the opportunity to integrate and apply classroom learning with professional experience. It allows them to observe and learn from practicing professionals and to engage with real-world public health challenges, concurrently with their academic experience. At the same time, agencies gain fresh perspectives and a wide range of public health skills from students while contributing to a community's resources and solving active public health problems. Under the guidance and expertise of faculty and site supervisors, students develop practical skills and confidence as public health professionals while gaining first-hand exposure to public health work.

To learn more about the various components and requirements of the MPH Practicum, please view the MPH Practicum Guidebook and the MPH Competencies.  

Required Practicum Forms

Prerequisite Form
MPH Practicum Contract with Learning Objectives
Midpoint Review
Final Evaluation
Written Assignment and Power Point Poster Guidelines

For Students

Looking for a practicum opportunity? Visit the Practicum Opportunities page.

MPH students may begin a practicum after completing the first quarter of their academic program. Practicum project duration must satisfy the minimum requirement of 120 hours (3 credits) and should be scheduled to meet the needs of the MPH student and the participating organization or agency. Unless otherwise approved by the Manager of Experiential Learning, MPH students are required to apply for practicum credit during the same quarter in which they plan to complete their final assignments (written assignment and PowerPoint poster). MPH students are required to upload all practicum assignments and paperwork to the MPH Practicum Dropbox.

Before a student can begin an MPH practicum project, the Office of Student Affairs must finalize an affiliation agreement between the University of Washington and the selected practicum site. Affiliation agreements can take up to 12 weeks to finalize. To view a list of agencies and organizations already affiliated with the School of Public Health, see Affiliated Organizations and Agencies.  

Alternative Practicum Fulfillment

The following students are eligible for an Alternative Practicum Fulfillment:

  • Concurrent MSW or MN-CHN students.

      Students in this group must contact the Manager of Experiential Learning during the first quarter of their MPH program.

  • Students who plan to complete an R/UOP (111-3) program, IHOP (111-3) program, Madigan Preventative Medicine Residency, or the OEM Residency.

      Students in this group must contact the Manager of Experiential Learning before they start their residency.

    Please contact the Manager of Experiential Learning at mphprac@uw.edu to obtain the proper forms and receive further instructions.