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.
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- 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
- Familiarize yourself with the MPH program and its degree requirements
- Review the MPH competencies
- Identify a project at your organization for the student to complete
- Complete the position description form
- 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.