MPH Preceptor Resources

Students are excited to work hard and create results; they want a practicum opportunity that will aid their long- term professional development and connect their classroom learning with the real world of public health.

Preceptor Requirements

  • Commit time to mentor and supervise students
  • MPH degree is encouraged but not required
  • Develop meaningful experiences and projects for students that tie into the public health curriculum and competencies
  • Mentor, coach and supervise students 
  • Provide constructive feedback and address areas of improvement
  • Integrate the student into the organization through meetings, conferences and networking events
  • Connect the student to others in the organization
  • Revisit learning objectives and competencies and discuss what the student has learned

Steps to host a practicum student

  1. Familiarize yourself with the MPH program and its degree requirements
  2. Review the MPH competencies
  3. Identify a project at your organization for the student to complete
  4. Complete the Online Position Description Form to submit your position description. Once submitted it will be reviewed by Career Services staff and posted to the APE opportunities page on the CPH website.
  5. Interview interested students that contact you 

Tips for completing the position description form:

  • Describe your organization and practicum opportunity 
  • List specific responsibilities 
  • Include necessary qualifications, skills and abilities and level of technical knowledge needed 
  • List if paid or unpaid and if transportation is needed


Additional details can be found in the Preceptor Handbook.