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:
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.
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.