Practicum

The transition from classroom to public health work environment can be a challenging one. At SPH we make sure you have plenty of real-world preparation for this passage through an intensive practicum experience that’s a key requirement of our MPH and DrPH degree programs.

The first-hand experience of applying what you’ve learned in a work setting will build your practical skills and professional confidence while you make a real contribution to solving public health problems. The practicum assignment you choose can help solidify your career ambitions or give you an entirely new idea about what you want to do. These on-site experiences also offer valuable networking opportunities and can lead to full-time jobs after graduation. Learn more about the practicum requirement here.

Hundreds of sites, many rewards

This past year, SPH students participated in practicums at more than 300 local, national, and international sites in community-based nonprofits, government agencies, NGOs, and research institutes. Wherever they worked, the rewards were personal as well as professional.

Want an inside perspective? Read what these degree candidates did, learned, and found most helpful in their practicums.