Information for students on the MPH Practicum Experience
NOTE: If you perform your practicum in the summer, you are required to register through Continuing Education.
All M.P.H. students are required to complete a practicum as part of their degree requirement, and will receive three credits for the practicum. The minimum time for a practicum experience is 200 hours. Practicum experiences may be paid or unpaid. Placements are arranged in consultation with the student's faculty advisor or the MPH in Nutrition Practicum Coordinator. The advisor reviews the student's interests, preferences, financial factors, experience and skills, and is usually able to arrange for interviews with a suitable organization directly or through another faculty member.
Practicum experiences promote professional development and afford the student the opportunity to:
- Carry out a project useful to the organization which at the same time provides an opportunity to refine professional skills.
- Meet regularly with a field proctor trained in the discipline that the student is majoring in who can guide the experience and serve as a role model.
- Attend appropriate meetings, seminars, and classes, and to learn about the work of other relevant organizational personnel.
- Receive payment by the organization for work performed, if applicable.
- Experience the nature of applied public health nutrition.
- Apply classroom knowledge to practical problems.
- Discover additional skills to be obtained or strengthened.
- Recognize the political context within which health and nutrition activities are conducted.
- Acquire job references from health and nutrition professionals who can speak to one's abilities in a practical context.
- Explore opportunities for thesis topics based upon the needs of the organization.
- Occasionally obtain a position within the organization when relevant openings are available upon graduation.
The practicum experience should represent a meaningful public health nutrition experience. This includes activities such as study design and/or data collection and analysis, involvement in the development of planning and policy documents, planning and executing public health nutrition programs, and laboratory and field studies.
The practicum experience supervisor evaluates the student's performance and returns a Practicum Experience Supervisor Report to the faculty advisor. The student is required to submit a Practicum Experience Student Report Form to the faculty advisor and to attach a copy of any work produced for the organization. The faculty advisor’s signature on the student’s report signifies successful completion of the requirement. It is the responsibility of the student to assure that all required forms are signed by the faculty advisor and filed promptly in his/her academic folder.
Click on the links below to download the MPH Practicum Student Manual or individual forms:
Form I- Practicum Planning Form
Form II - Practicum Scope of Work Form
Form III - Practicum Contact Hour Log
Form IV- Student One Month Evaluation of the Practicum Form
Form V - Site Supervisor Evaluation of the Student’s Practicum Performance Form
Form VI - Student Evaluation of the Practicum Form
APPENDIX: Concentration Specific Competencies