MPH Practicum - For Students Enrolled Fall 2016 and After

A Practicum is a carefully planned and supervised learning experience. The Practicum experience connects the skills and knowledge acquired in the classroom with the pragmatic application of the practice of public health. It is a required component of the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree. A practicum can provide the student with the opportunity to acquire, develop and improve communication skills, project management skills and problem solving skills using public health methods, principles and techniques. Moreover, it promotes hands-on public health practice, the exploration of career options and generates contacts with other public health professionals.

The purpose of the Practicum is to provide the student with an opportunity to:
  • Carry out a project representative of expected work in the field;
  • Demonstrate competence in research/practice/evaluation relevant to the student's field;
  • Gain exposure to an organization's environment, culture and purposes;
  • Develop professional judgment and contacts; and
  • Help clarify career goals.

The Practicum requirement supports the development of skills in basic public health concepts and assists in the demonstration of the application of these concepts through practice experience that is relevant to the students’ areas of concentration and reflects understanding of the academic principles studied in class.

MPH Foundational Competencies

These competencies are informed by the traditional public health core knowledge areas, (biostatistics, epidemiology, social and behavioral sciences, health services administration and environmental health sciences), as well as cross-cutting and emerging public health areas.

    Evidence-based Approaches to Public Health
  • Apply epidemiological methods to the breadth of settings and situations in public health practice
  • Select quantitative and qualitative data collection methods appropriate for a given public health context
  • Analyze quantitative and qualitative data using biostatistics, informatics, computer-based programming and software, as appropriate
  • Interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy or practice
    Public Health & Health Care Systems
  • Compare the organization, structure and function of health care, public health and regulatory systems across national and international settings
  • Discuss the means by which structural bias, social inequities and racism undermine health and create challenges to achieving health equity at organizational, community and societal levels
    Planning & Management to Promote Health
  • Assess population needs, assets and capacities that affect communities’ health
  • Apply awareness of cultural values and practices to the design or implementation of public health policies or programs
  • Design a population-based policy, program, project or intervention
  • Explain basic principles and tools of budget and resource management
  • Select methods to evaluate public health programs
    Policy in Public Health
  • Discuss multiple dimensions of the policy-making process, including the roles of ethics and evidence
  • Propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions and partnerships for influencing public health outcomes
  • Advocate for political, social or economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations
  • Evaluate policies for their impact on public health and health equity
  • Apply principles of leadership, governance and management, which include creating a vision, empowering others, fostering collaboration and guiding decision making
  • Apply negotiation and mediation skills to address organizational or community challenges
  • Select communication strategies for different audiences and sectors
  • Communicate audience-appropriate public health content, both in writing and through oral presentation
  • Describe the importance of cultural competence in communicating public health content
    Interprofessional Practice*
  • Perform effectively on interprofessional teams
    Systems Thinking
  • Apply systems thinking tools to a public health issue