Practice Based Learning for MPH Students

All two year MPH students must do a summer internship and fulfill the practicum requirement. If the approved internship does not fulfill the practicum requirement, students may take a practicum course (see below). 

Advanced Professional MPH students do not do a summer internship but must take a practicum course (see below).

Information on the practice requirement and internship (links connect to the internships section on the website)

Practicum course offerings with examples of recent student placements:

Community Health Program Planning (EPH542b)

Community Health Program Planning (EPH 542b) is offered in the spring semester. Groups of students are paired with agencies to work on defined projects with an emphasis on developing competencies in program planning and evaluation.


Public Health Practicum (EPH 500b)

Public Health Practicum (EPH 500b) is offered to second-year students and advanced professional (AP) students in the spring semester. 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 classroom through a practice experience that is relevant to their interests and area of specialization. 


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

Health Management Practicum, (HPA 555a, b) is offered to students seeking health administration or policy related careers. 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, policy makers, and senior staff, or at non-profit health policy or advocacy groups. The course is offered in both the fall and spring semesters giving students the opportunity to take a one or two semester practicum. 


Global Health Justice (CDE 586)

The Global Health Justice Practicum (CDE 586) aims to equip students to engage critically and constructively with the evolving tools of law, policy and rights in the context of global health. 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.