Global Field Practice

Global Field Practicum

Each year about 60% of global health interested students do their practicum outside of the United States in an average of 12 different countries!  Students interested in an Global Field Practicum must consider that risks, challenges, rules, and cultures that are different than those encountered in the United States.

All questions about practicum requirements and registration can be found on these pages.

Finding Global Practicum Opportunities

Finding an global practicum is the responsibility of the student, but we can help. The best resource to find a practicum is through your handshake account.

An assortment of websites provide information on practicum opportunities or the international organizations that offer them. A few are listed below:



Students need to educate themselves about the risks of travel and prepare for potential adverse events. The Office of Global Programs on the Charles River Campus provides students with resources about planning for your time abroad.

Students could also check out: Coursera course – built by Johns Hopkins on – International Travel Preparation, Safety, & Wellness. A terrific and robust training for MPH students on international practicum.  Course can be accessed without a fee during introductory period, but you will be perpetually invited to acquire a certificate for additional cost.

Appropriate measures including visiting a travel clinic well before departure (CDC’s Traveler’s Health), arranging for insurance and medical evacuation coverage and read US State Department postings on travel advisories.

Students should start thinking about their practica early in their MPH program. Be flexible and open-minded and consider not only your learning needs but also the needs of the organization where you are seeking a field practicum. To do meaningful work, you have to fulfill a need of the hosting organization. The first steps are to explore the possibilities, and try to refine:

  1. Where do you want to go?
  2. What do you want to learn?
  3. When do you want to go and for how long?
  4. How much are you willing to spend, and what level of assistance might you need?
  5. Can you fit and adjust the above into the practica experiences available?

Students planning to do a practicum abroad must discuss their plans and seek advice from their advisor as well as reach out to the Career Services Office.

For additional questions and assistance, contact Joe Anzalone or Gwenn Fairall.

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