Practicum Requirements

  • Placement in a local, state, federal, private, or international organization that addresses public health issues working with a designated preceptor.
  • Completion of 120 hours at the practicum site participating in public health related activities and projects
  • Students must demonstrate attainment of at least 5 competencies with 3 of them being Foundational Competencies and the others within their specialization within their final report and and the demonstration product of choice.
  • Submission of practicum evaluations including student, preceptor, and faculty advisor evaluations.
  • Submission of Demonstration Product:

The purpose of the demonstration product, or “demo” is to have a written or visual illustration of the attainment of one or more competencies during the practicum experience(s). Note that all competencies must be demonstrated through a combination of the demo and the final report and multiple demonstration products may be included as needed. . The selected demonstration product is expected to be original work led or contributed to in the practicum process.  Students can select from the following types of Demonstration Products:

Examples of Demonstration Product formats:

1) Presentation:  Examples include a PowerPoint, Prezi, research poster, infographic

2) Written:  Examples include a manuscript (entire or relevant excerpt), policy brief, program plan, community assessment, fact sheet, brochures, and data collection instrument

3) Audio/visual:   Examples include recorded presentations, multi-media content, social media campaigns, webinar sessions, web/app development, and podcasts

 **Students should consult with your faculty advisor about concerns or questions about the choice of demonstration or upload format.

Final Report Requirements:

Final Report

All students are required to complete a final written report that will focus on sharing information on the practicum experience. The final report should summarize the student’s practicum experience with details of specific experiences and how the practicum is important to the field of public health. Students should follow the guidelines below in structuring their report. The student should discuss the expectations of their report carefully with their advisor. The report length should be sufficient to cover the expected content carefully.  The best recent reports have usually been five to ten pages in length. The report should contain the following sections.


  • Include practicum title, preceptor, year and student name


  • Describe the nature of the practicum (e.g., whether it is a descriptive project, experimental project, research project, or survey).
  • Very briefly, describe the organization unit where the practicum took place, its primary mission, and its relationship to the overall organizational structure of the agency. Describe services provided, programs and public health objectives, and specific population groups targeted.
  • Describe the duties specifically related to the practicum in the context of the entire organization.


  • State the purpose of the practicum (e.g., proving a hypothesis, analyzing a problem, completing an evaluation, etc.). What was the significance of the issue worked on? Why did this need to be addressed?
  • Include a table in your report listing the five Competencies (at least 3 Foundational) addressed during your practicum and the activity performed that allowed you to address the competency.   See the example below
  • Outline the problem and the methods used to define and address the problem.


Example of a Table for Matching Competencies with Practicum Activities



Practicum Competency

Practicum Activity Description

Foundational Competency # 18:

Select communication strategies for different audiences and sectors

Developed a brochure tailored to low literacy community members on the topic of diabetes prevention

CTS Specialization Competency# 2 

Collaboratively prepare a grant application to seek funding for a clinical investigation

Assisted Dr. Binkley in preparing the NIH grant application  for the clinical investigation study

 MPH Competencies can be found here  


  • Describe the outcome(s) or product(s) of the practicum
  • What were the most important or surprising findings?
  • How does this work impact the future of this public health issue?
  • Summarize recommendations


  • Provide a careful evaluation of the practicum.
  • Was it a valuable learning experience?  Why or why not?
  • How did it compare with your expectations?
  • What types of classroom skills were you able to employ in the field?
  • What did the experience teach you about the world of public health practice?


  • Describe the demonstration product.
  • Describe your role in the creation of the demonstration product(s).
  • List the competencies demonstrated by your chosen product(s).


  • Other relevant materials may be included as an appendix

 The student will post all assessment products that they create (daily log, demonstration, and final report) to Carmen. Students with questions about any assessment products should consult with their faculty advisor.