Practicum Requirements

All MPH students are required to complete a Practicum experience to receive their degree. The Practicum is a planned, supervised, and evaluated field-based experience under the guidance of a Practicum Site Supervisor and a SPH Faculty Adviser (they cannot be the same person), requiring a minimum of 160-hour work (4-6 credits) for a public health organization. At least 80 of the 160 hours must be completed within a public health organization (“Site”). The onsite requirement is currently suspended, but in-person interaction is preferred.

The Practicum requires students to engage in activities that demonstrate application of public health knowledge, make an impact on the targeted population, and align with their career goals. If a student has little prior public health practice experience, the practicum helps the student gain the skills necessary to work effectively in a professional public health setting. If a student has extensive public health practice experience or advanced degrees in other fields, the practicum expands their practice areas and professional network.

Stages of Approval

Students cannot begin their practicum work (a minimum of 160-hour work for a public health organization) until their approved/signed Learning Contract (including approval of their MPH Program Director) is submitted to the Practicum Dropbox. Students must follow the project timeline proposed in their Learning Contract and submit all forms and deliverables to the Practicum Dropbox as soon as they are approved throughout the practicum. Visit student, faculty, and site pages for requirements specific to each role.

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Forms and Deliverables

Students should review the descriptions of the practicum forms and deliverables before completing them.

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Students must demonstrate at least five of the 22 CEPH MPH Foundation Competencies through two student-generated products, produced in the Practicum setting for the Practicum setting.

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