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Find a Practicum

Students can complete the practicum under the guidance of a preceptor and/or take a course(s) with a practicum component.

The following outlines the two different types of practicum opportunities and ways to find the opportunities. All practicum experiences require review and approval of the Practicum Learning Plan, including experiences found in the Practicum Opportunity Site Listings and courses with a practicum component. 
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Option 1: Customized Practicum Experience

Students may identify their own practicum experiences with an outside public health practitioner or a faculty member involved in a practice-based project. According to the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) accreditation guidelines, if a student’s practicum is completed where the student is employed, the activities “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, pg 17). Federal work-study (FWS) positions at JHSPH are not considered “employment”, and some FWS projects may fulfill the practicum requirement. Examples of customized practicum projects can be found on the Practicum Examples page.

Students may utilize the resources below to identify practicum experiences:

Practicum Opportunity Site Listings – Office of Public Health Practice and Training

The Practicum Opportunity Site lists various types of potential practicum opportunities (including projects with outside organizations, with JHSPH faculty, and practicum courses) that have been identified and vetted by the Office of Public Health Practice and Training and SOURCE (Student Outreach Resource Center). Tips for how to navigate the Practicum Opportunity Site can be found here. 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.

SOURCE (Student Outreach Resource Center)

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 Scoopto learn more about the latest community involvement opportunities in Baltimore City.

SOURCE supported activities that may meet the practicum requirements:

Students must complete and submit the Practicum Learning Plan for review and approval.

Option 2: JHSPH Course with an Approved Practicum Component

There are several JHSPH courses with a significant real-world practicum component, connecting students to outside organizations/agencies. For courses that do not have enough practicum hours to fulfill the entire 100 hours practicum requirement, students must combine experiences to complete the 100 hours practicum requirement. A letter grade of “C” or better must be earned to count towards the practicum requirement. Course descriptions and related information for each can be found on the Practicum Opportunity Site listings or on the online course catalog. Courses are open to all JHSPH graduate students, even if the course is not taken for the practicum requirement. A listing of the JHSPH courses with an approved practicum component are on the Practicum Courses page.

Students must complete and submit the Practicum Learning Plan to indicate that they are taking the course with a practicum component for their MPH practicum requirement.

Special Note on Certificate Programs

There are certificate programs that include their own practicum requirement in the curriculum. The certificate practicum may fulfill the MPH practicum requirement, upon approval from the practicum team. Examples of such certificate programs include: Public Health Informatics, Healthcare Epidemiology and Infection Prevention and Control, Community-based Public Health, and Quality, Patient Safety, and Outcomes Research

Students must complete and submit the Practicum Learning Plan for review and approval.