Practice Based Learning for MPH Students

All students in the M.P.H. program are required to complete a Public Health Practice experience to integrate classroom learning with real-life experience in a public health work environment which allows them to learn from professionals in the file. Students may fulfill their Public Health Practice requirement by one of the following means:

  • Completing EPH 542b, Community Health Program Planning, offered Spring semesters. 
  • Completing EPH 500b, the Public Health Practicum course, offered Spring semester to second year students and Advanced Professional students only. 
  • Completing an appropriate summer internship - the preferred method for fulfilling the requirement, as it offers a sustained and concentrated course of experiential learning. 
  • Completing HPA 555ab for one or two terms, offered Fall and Spring semesters. 

Advanced Professional M.P.H. students are not required to complete a summer internship and must fulfill their practicum requirement during the academic year by taking one of the courses listed above.

Practicum Course Offerings

Humphries class 2014 presentation

Practice-based Community Health Research (EPH 542b)

Groups of students are paired with agencies to work on defined projects with an emphasis on developing competencies in program planning and evaluation.

Wyman and Students

Health Management/Health Policy (HPM 555a,b)

Students are individually placed within hospitals and other health care organizations, or in settings where they work on current state and/or local health policy issues with legislators,...


Public Health Practicum (EPH 500b)

The course combines experiential learning and guided classroom discussion. Students select a field placement where they apply public health concepts and competencies learned in the...


Global Health Justice (CDE 586b)

Through real-world projects students explore the means by which law, policy and rights can be used as tools to promote health within a global context.