Practicum

The Practicum allows students to complement classroom and field-based learning, link theory with practice, and refine skills and competencies. For some, the practicum is a springboard for employment after graduation. MPH students may begin a practicum after completing a minimum of 12 academic credits. Students who are in academic difficulty will need special approval from the Assistant Dean for Practice before beginning a practicum. Decisions about the choice of practicum and number of credits should be made by students to fit their own individual academic and professional needs. It is strongly recommended that these decisions be made in consultation with the academic advisor.

Options for completing the MPH degree program practicum requirement:

Practicum Course Practicum Requirements Credits & Grading Semester
Available
PH970
  • Faculty approval
  • Agency oversight
  • Minimum of 112 practicum work hours
  • Poster presentation
  • Two skill-based professional development seminars
0
Pass/Fail
Fall, Spring, Summer
PH975
  • Faculty approval
  • Agency oversight
  • Minimum of 112 practicum work hours
  • Poster presentation
  • Two skill-based professional development seminars
Variable 1-4 Pass/Fail Fall, Spring, Summer
PH984 Directed Practicum

  • Faculty approval and sponsor
  • Agency oversight Minimum of 112 practicum work hours
  • Poster presentation
  • 2 skill-based professional development seminars
  • Final product
4
Letter Grade
Fall, Spring, Summer
PH971 MPH/MSW Practicum Course

  • required seminar
  • 2 skill based professional development seminars
MPH/MSW students may also take PH970 (0 cr)
1
Pass/Fail
Fall, Spring, Summer
Varies Peace Corps Master’s International Program Varies N/A
IH707 Field Practicum in Public Health & the Environment

  • Course requirements plus two skill-based professional development seminars
6
Letter Grade
Summer I
HC840 HC841 HC842 Program in International Health Practice (PIHP) in the Philippines

  • Course requirements plus two skill-based professional development seminars
16
Letter Grade
Fall, Summer

Please refer to the Practice Office Blackboard website and the Student Handbook for more detailed information about finding and registering for a MPH practicum.

Questions? Contact the Practice Office staff:

Talbot Building, 2nd floor, East Wing
715 Albany Street
Boston, MA 02118
Phone: 617-638-4656
Fax: 617-638-4966

Those intending to complete a practicum outside of the US need to have medical insurance and evacuation coverage valid for their overseas location. A Comprehensive Coverage Plan is available through CISI.

Questions about International Practicum Opportunities: Joe Anzalone.

Santander Universities Scholars Program

The Boston University School of Public Health is committed to promoting experiential learning activities to better prepare its graduates to be successful both domestically and globally.  The Santander Universities Scholars Program is a three year agreement between Sovereign Bank and Boston University that provides funding to students for international practica.

To train public health professionals who are adept in a complex, globalizing world, BUSPH uses the funding received through the Santander Universities Scholars Program to improve and expand several international practice programs.  The following scholarships are available to all School of Public Health students:

  • Santander Universities Latin America Scholarship
  • Santander Universities Scholarship
  • Kenya Field Practice Program Fund (Summer 1)

Eligibility

To be eligible, you must be a current student at BUSPH in good academic standing and have completed 12 credits. Any U.S. student meeting the criteria of low-to-moderate income (LMI) according to FAFSA categories is eligible to apply for the Santander Universities Scholarship.  Students applying for this support should plan a practicum of six weeks or more, and most are outside of the Western hemisphere.  International students wishing to be considered should complete the International Students Financial Information Form.

Any student may apply for the Santander Universities Latin America Scholarship, regardless of financial status.  The practicum must be a minimum of six weeks and take place in Mexico, Central or South America, or the Caribbean (other than US territories).

Please note that students who have already completed a practicum are not eligible for Santander awards.  For more information on the Santander Universities Scholars Program, contact Stacy Song.