For Students

Students should begin planning for the practicum their first semester in the MPH Program.  Steps for completing the practicum are outlined below.

Practicum Planning

Prior to selecting and registering for the practicum, students must complete the following steps that will familiarize them with the rules and regulations, identify their career goals and familiarize them with available practicum resources.

  1. Practicum Preference Profile Questionnaire. This will assist the Coordinator with assisting students with finding a practicum that fits their interest and career goals when reaching out to organizations.
  2. Attend a Practicum Orientation Session.The practicum orientation is a good introduction to the practicum and offers an overview of the requirements and expectations.  Students will also have the opportunity to hear from second year students that have completed their practicum. Practicum orientations for Autumn 2019 semester are:
    • Practicum Orientation Virtual Carmen Chat (September 26)-6:00pm-7:30pm. RSVP on Handshake. Prior to this event students will be required to review a powerpoint presentation and complete a quiz.
    • MPH Practicum Orientation Student Presentation and Q & A Panel (October 17)-6:00pm-7:30pm- Cunz Hall 160. RSVP on Handshake
    • Review the Pre-recorded 2017-2018 Practicum Orientation Webinar:
    3. Attend drop-in hours for Coordinator. View hours here

Finding a practicum involves a mix of activities and is ultimately the student’s responsibility.  The College will provide students with resources and assistance.  Below you will find resources that students have used in the past to find a practicum.

  1. Attending On-Campus Career Fairs
  2. Read the CPH weekly newsletter
  3. Handshake
  4. Speak with your faculty advisor
  5. Speak with second year MPH students
  6. Network with professionals and alumni
  7. Research national and local organization's websites for Internships/Practicum Opportunities
  8. Find a practicum on your own by contacting organizations of interest directly and reviewing the website for internship opportunities.
  9. "CPH Career Services Resources" Carmen Page
      A listing of practicum opportunities and resources including the handbook and forms can be found here.

For a current listing, please visit our Current Practicum Opportunities page.

    • Complete the 2019-2020 Online Practicum Learning Agreement. When the document is submitted it will be automatically routed to your faculty advisor and preceptor that you designated on the agreement for approval. 
    • Send both the Preceptor and Faculty Advisor an email to alert them to review the automatic email they will receive from Qualtrics. They should review the information submitted and click the link to approve
    • When both approvals have been received the Coordinator will add the practicum course to your schedule.
    • Students are not able to add the practicum course to their schedule.

  • Autumn Semester 2019
    • December 6, 2019:  Students submit Practicum paperwork (final report, daily log, demonstration product) to CANVAS and email the items to their faculty advisor.
    • December 6, 2019:  Students complete Practicum Student Evaluation
    • December 6, 2019:  Preceptors complete Practicum Preceptor Evaluation
    • Upon Receipt: Coordinator will email Student and Preceptor evaluations to faculty advisor when they are received.
    • December 6- December 12: Faculty advisor complete  CPH Faculty Rubric for Evaluating Capstone Practicum Experience and Student Performance
    • December 12, 2019: Grade posting deadline for graduating students
    • December 16, 2019: Grade posting deadline for Non-graduating student
    • October 4, 2019: University deadline to turn around incomplete grades from Summer 2019

  • Note: Students that will not complete their practicum by the deadline dates listed above should let the faculty advisor, preceptor and the coordinator know. Students will receive an incomplete and will have until the following semester to finish the requirements.  


 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.