MPH Practicum

The practicum (field practice placement) will expand your experience in the field of public health and give you an opportunity for hands-on application of new skills. The College's Office of Academic Programs and Student Services assists each student in finding an appropriate practicum site. In addition to the opportunities in the Columbus metropolitan area, practicum sites are available all over the U.S. and abroad.

The field practice placement is required of all MPH students. This is done under the supervision of a preceptor and sponsoring faculty member.

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The principal objectives of the experience are to:

  • Apply knowledge, techniques and tools acquired in the classroom
  • Provide the student with practical experience in an applied public health and/or community health setting
  • Develop skills in the field of study
  • Give the student an opportunity to learn how one particular organization functions
  • Explore a career choice

Experience has shown that one of the best ways to accomplish these objectives is for the preceptor and the student, with faculty consultation, to define tasks and projects of importance to the organization and of interest to the student. These will assist the student in developing new skills and in gaining technical and managerial competence in selected areas.

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Link to Practicum Related Forms

Practicum Checklist - Student

Practicum Checklist - Faculty Advisor

Practicum Checklist - Preceptor

CPH Practicum Student Handbook (pdf)

MPH Practicum Orientation Recording (47:22)

Link to online CPH Practicum Student Handbook

Preceptor Handbook

Green Buckeye Certified CEPH CAHME