MPH Practicum

The Practicum is a degree requirement for students pursuing the Master of Public Health degree.  It is an opportunity for students to apply what they are learning in the classroom and relate it to the real world of public health while working alongside a preceptor. The accrediting body for schools and colleges of public health (Council on Education for Public Health), CEPH, requires that all students pursuing the MPH complete a planned, supervised practicum.

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By completing a practicum, students:

  • Apply knowledge, techniques and tools acquired in the classroom
  • Are provided with practical experience in an applied public health and/or community health setting
  • Develop skills in the field of study
  • Have the opportunity to learn how one particular organization functions
  • Explore a career choice

Experience has shown that one of the best ways to accomplish these objectives is for the preceptor and the student, with faculty consultation, to define tasks and projects of importance to the organization and of interest to the student. These will assist the student in developing new skills and in gaining technical and managerial competence in selected areas.

Practicum experiences around the world


Are you interested in becoming a preceptor and hosting a practicum student?  If so, please contact Assistant Director, Office of Academic Programs and Student Services Coordinator of Practice Education and Career Services, Dawn Williams (614-247-4380). To learn more about what's involved in becoming a preceptor, click here. 

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