Find a Practicum
There are multiple ways to complete a practicum. Students can take a combination of courses with a practicum component, special studies with a JHSPH faculty member, and/or customized practicum experiences. As long as the experience meets the 100 hours requirement, has been approved for practicum credit, and the experience as a whole aligns with the students’ career goals, students may choose combining multiple experiences or engage in one longer-term experience.
**Explore practicum opportunities on the Practicum Opportunity Site Listings**
The following outlines the three different types of practicum opportunities and ways to find the opportunities.
- Option 1: JHSPH course with an approved practicum component
- Option 2: Special Studies Practicum with JHSPH faculty member
- Option 3: Customized practicum with outside preceptor
Some courses have a real-world practice component, connecting students to outside organizations/agencies. In some cases (Baltimore Community Practicum and PHASE Internship, for example), the course is centered on a fully developed practice experience that fulfills the practicum requirement for all students who complete the course. In other cases, the course instructor may be able to connect only some of the students in the course with practicum experience, and/or may provide more limited experience that meets only a part of the total required practicum hours. Students are expected to complete the didactic course as they engage in the practicum.
JHSPH courses with an approved practicum component are listed HERE. Course descriptions and related information for each can be found on the Practicum Opportunity Site Listings or on the online course catalog.
*Steps to complete a JHSPH course with an approved practicum component are HERE.
JHSPH faculty may be able to connect students with practice experiences related to ongoing research or other activities at JHSPH departments or centers that are not associated with a course. These might be ad hoc opportunities, or institutionalized ones that are offered annually. Example projects include cost effectiveness analysis of a program, policy analysis and recommendations development with a local health department, budget impact analysis of the financial consequences of a country adopting a new vaccine, defining and analyzing the quality of primary care health services in an international setting, qualitative and quantitative data analysis of poor health outcomes for a specific population, and health curriculum planning and development of health education materials. There are also certificate programs that include a practicum requirement in the curriculum. The certificate practicum may count towards the MPH practicum requirement, but it is still required to go through the approval process. The certificate programs are: Community-Based Public Health, Public Health Informatics, Healthcare Epidemiology and Infection Prevention and Control, and Quality, Patient Safety, and Outcomes Research.
Listing of the departmental special studies numbers are located HERE.
*Steps to complete a Special Studies Practicum with JHSPH faculty member are HERE.
A student may identify their own practicum experience in other settings through their own connections, networks, prior work experience, etc. According to the CEPH accreditation document, “if a student can do a placement only in his or her regular place of employment, the assignment must extend beyond or be something other than his or her regular work duties and allow application of the knowledge and skills being learned” (CEPH, page 17). Federal work-study (FWS) positions at JHSPH are not considered “employment”, but some FWS projects may fulfill the practicum requirement. Students also may utilize the resources below in exploring venues for potential customized practicum experiences:
The Practicum Opportunity Site lists various opportunities that have been identified and vetted by the Office of Public Health Practice and Training and SOURCE (Student Outreach Resource Center). Opportunities listed in the Practicum Opportunity Site also include general descriptions of JHSPH courses with an approved practicum component and pre-approved special studies practicum with JHSPH faculty members. Please be sure to:
- Be selective in your contact with preceptors and the number of applications you submit;
- Review your options carefully in advance and only contact the preceptors that represent your strongest interests;
- Limit your contact to no more than 3 preceptors.
There are multiple ways to engage in a practicum experience through SOURCE supported activities. However, not all SOURCE projects meet the practicum requirements. Subscribe to the SOURCE Weekly Service Scoop to learn more about the latest community involvement opportunities in Baltimore City.
SOURCE supported activities that may meet the practicum requirements:
- SOURCE Service Scholars
- The Connection Community Consultants Program
- Other SOURCE organized Group and Individual Projects
*Steps to complete a Customized practicum with outside preceptor are HERE.