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.
A qualified site supervisor must:
• hold a position in public health and have expertise in the practicum project area;
• not be a member of the UWSPH faculty (clinical faculty with primary appointment elsewhere CAN serve as site supervisor); and
• Supervise the student’s work on a day-to-day basis and evaluate the student in the practice setting throughout their practicum.
A qualified faculty adviser must:
• be a member of the UWSPH faculty;
• review and approve the learning contract, advising students on selecting a balanced set of practice-oriented competencies; and
• evaluate the final deliverables of the student’s practicum.
Please upload the signed forms to the Practicum Dropbox.
(We only accept handwritten or official digital signatures)
Looking for a practicum opportunity?
Visit the Student Opportunities page.
The following students can meet their practicum requirements through an alternative practicum. Email the completed and signed Alternative Practicum Form and two work product to Janice North, Manager of Experiential Learning at email@example.com, and copy your SPH Departmental Adviser.
- MD/MPH Students complete practicum through School of Medicine Independent Investigative Inquiry, III-3 (R/UOP, IHOP).
- MSW/MPH Students complete practicum through the School of Social Work.
- OEM Fellows (Occupational and Environmental Medicine training program) complete practicum through the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Field Studies Course.
- Preventative Medicine/Public Health Residents (Madigan Army Medical Center) complete practicum during the second year of the program.