MPH Applied Practice Experience

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated uncertainty regarding onsite opportunities for the MPH practicum experience, the College of Public Health and its Graduate Studies Committee have endorsed a broader set of options for summer and autumn terms 2020. MPH students planning to complete a practicum during SU20 or AU20 will still follow the steps outlined to register for the practicum course (PUBHLTH 7189), regardless which option from among the five that applies.

Please review the following document for more information: Applied Practice Experience for MPH Students (CEPH Criterion D.5.)

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The Applied Practice Experience is a requirement for all MPH students to comply with the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) accreditation requirements.

The practicum is an integral component of professional training in public health, enabling students to observe and learn from professionals in the field. The Practicum allows students a significant opportunity to apply theoretical learning toward the achievement of practical goals and skills while under the supervision of a preceptor and faculty advisor. 

The principle objectives of the practicum are:

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

 Applied Practice Experience for MPH Students (CEPH Criterion D.5.)