Updated: May 7, 2019
All students must complete a written assignment and visual assignment at the end of the practicum. This is an opportunity for students to describe what was done, what was learned, and to place the experiences within the context of the organization, the community and the MPH program.
Please submit all deliverables to MPH Practicum Drop Box before the last day of the quarter that the student has registered for practicum credit.
Students must include all four section headings (Introduction, Agency profile, Project description, and Self-Evaluation) in their written assignment.
Four required sections
- Introduction (100-300 words, no more than ½ page) is the elevator speech of the practicum experience, preparing students for symposium presentation and professional networking. Structures of the introduction can vary. For example:
- Assessment/Evaluation-oriented Practicum
- Activity/Service-oriented Practicum
- Issues identified
- Description of the project, experience, service, or advocacy program
- Lessons learned from participation
- Recommendations for future steps
- Assessment/Evaluation-oriented Practicum
- Agency profile/site analysis (1-2 pages) is where students demonstrate their knowledge of the sponsoring agency based on their practicum experience. For example:
- Name and location of the agency, division or department in which the student worked
- Site supervisor’s name and title
- Project supervisor's name and title, if different
- Student's position in the organization with a brief explanation of why the student chose this agency and project
- Mission/purpose and goals of the practicum site/organization
- Organizational structure, e.g. organization chart, departments, qualification or background of key professionals, if appropriate
- Programs and services offered
- Population(s) served including pertinent demographic/census information
- Relationship of this organization to other regional, state or national organizations, if appropriate
- Factors determining policies and programs and the ability of the organization to fulfill its mission such as trends, recent changes internally or externally that might enhance or hinder the ability to proceed as planned
- Project description* (5-10 pages) is where students describe what was done and to place the experiences within the context of the organization, the community, and the MPH program.
- Problem/issue statement: What is the problem or issue to be addressed by the practicum project? How and by whom was it identified? Why is it a problem? Why should it be addressed? What question(s) is the project expected to answer? Why is the agency/organization interested in doing this project?
- Literature Review: A brief review of the relevant literature should be discussed. Complete citations of source materials must be included.
- Methods/Approaches: How was activities carried out? Who were involved (e.g. board, staff clientele, a community advisory panel, etc.)? What preparations and resources were required? What hurdles or issues did the student overcome to complete the project? What were remaining issues?
- Final product: What is the final product for the practicum agency? To whom will it be directed/presented?
- Impact: How will the resulting information, activities, and product be used and by whom? What decisions will it inform? What are the short-term and long-term impact on the agency and the field of public health?
- Self-evaluation (2 -3 pages) is where students elaborate on their attainment of each of the five competencies outlined in their Learning Contract.
- How successful the student was in achieving the learning objectives and scope of work? Elaborate on the student’s attainment of each of the five competencies outlined in the student’s Learning Contract.
- How could this practicum experience have been made better?
- Any unexpected accomplishments
- Impact of the experience on the student's personal and professional development
- Resources and contacts the student developed for future use
- Recommendations to future students preparing for a practicum: What would the student do differently? What was the student glad s/he did?
- References and Bibliography (this section should be single spaced)
- Use a standard documentation style, such as APA Style - or AMA Manual of Style
Note: If a student submits a completed written product that is five pages single spaced or longer (e.g., needs assessment, policy brief) for the agency, the student can submit the written product in place of the project description* along with a very brief summary addressing the questions below. This completed written product must be handed in before credit for the practicum is given.
- What is the problem or issue to be addressed by the practicum project?
- How did you approach the program or issue?
- What is the final product for the practicum agency? To whom will it be directed/presented?
- Who benefit from your practicum experience and deliverables?
Students are expected to submit a poster for your visual deliverable. However, if a student submits a visual product for the agency, the student may submit the visual product in place of the visual deliverable*. Email the Manager of Experiential Learning (firstname.lastname@example.org) to confirm.
We accept the following visual deliverables:
Standard heading areas:
- Funding Source
Alternative heading areas
Heading area examples: (pdf)
If the practicum project requires a significant departure from the standard format for the assignment, the student must arrange an alternative poster format with the Faculty Advisor.
Laying out your poster
- Most students use PowerPoint to set up their poster with this (pptx). However, you may use any design program such as Illustrator, Publisher or InDesign to design your poster.
- Posters must be 36" x 24" size
- All posters are required to have the UW School of Public Health masthead.