University of Washington School of Public Health

Experiential Learning

MPH Practicum Prerequisites

The following practicum prerequisites need to be completed by all MPH students during the first quarter in their program:


In compliance with our affiliation agreements, all MPH students who have not had a Washington State Patrol  “Child and Adult Abuse Law” (CAAL)  or FBI background check dated less than two years prior to the start of their program must complete a background check. The completed form must be turned in to their graduate program adviser. Some departments/programs have chosen to exempt medical interns, fellows, holders of international student visas, and other students who have already undergone an extensive recent background check prior to entry into the program. Please check with your department to see if you fall into this category. Background Check Form

MD-MPH student Jeannie Nguyen in Uganda photo
MD-MPH student Jeannie Nguyen in Uganda


MPH students must receive blood-borne pathogens training through their department/program. Contact your graduate program adviser for more information. If your department does not conduct scheduled training, blood-borne pathogens training is held quarterly through the UW Environmental Health and Safety department. Most students select the curriculum track designed for researchers.  Register online or call (206) 543-7201 to register by phone.


The American Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) functions as a set of rules for health plans, doctors, hospitals and other health care providers. HIPAA took effect on April 14, 2003. Some provisions of the HIPAA involve patient/hospital interaction. For example, patients must be able to access their records and correct errors and must be informed of how their personal information will be used. Other provisions involve confidentiality of patient information and documentation of privacy procedures. These provisions have led to regulation-specific software updates, specialist consulting, and in some cases complete overhauls of medical billing and records systems.

Because of the current trends and concerns of confidentiality, HIPAA training is required as a prerequisite for an MPH practicum. HIPAA training is offered via an online course, a 90-minute training module, through the University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC). Most students select the curriculum track designed for medical students/residents/fellows. Contact your graduate program adviser to complete the required form and receive a user id and password to access the training module.  UWMC Compliance Training Website


All MPH students are required to participate in the Health Sciences Immunization Program (HSIP). 

Health Sciences Immunization Program information | Immunization program fees


International students on an F-1 or J-1 visa must contact the International Student Services (ISS) office to inquire about any necessary training authorization prior to initiating their practicum or any other internship.


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