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The Office of Public Health Practice & Training

Practicum Process

The practicum process involves planning, selection, implementation and evaluation. Beginning in the summer, students will assess their career goals as they relate to various public health competencies and also their current professional strengths and areas for further development. These assessments will help to guide students in selecting practicum opportunities that align with their interests and goals. Students are required to complete one or more practicum experiences to fulfill the 100 hours practicum requirement. Upon completion of each experience, students will submit an evaluation of the practicum.

 

Practicum Planning

Prior to selecting the practicum experiences that will fulfill their practicum requirement, students must complete the following steps that will aid in identifying goals, strengths and competencies that align with the students’ career goals and familiarize them with available practicum opportunity resources. For each practicum experience, it is recommended that students identify one to three competencies to be addressed.

  1. Complete 300.603.01: Tools of Public Health Practice and Decision Making course in the Summer term (includes identifying competencies to focus on in the practicum, as well as assessing strengths and opportunities for further development).
  2. Complete practicum section of the MPH Goals Analysis plan.
  3. Explore practicum opportunity resources such as the:

* You must complete a Practicum Learning Plan to have every practicum opportunity approved, even if it is identified through the Practicum Opportunity Site or is a course with a practicum component.

 

Steps for Completing the Practicum Experience

Students must submit a Practicum Learning Plan for each practicum experience that they will complete, including opportunities found through the Practicum Opportunity Site Listings and courses with a practicum component. This is required for tracking the completion of the 100 hours requirement for all students. All students are also required to submit a Practicum Final Report at the completion of each practicum experience. Additional documents may be required during the experience and are mentioned in the descriptions below. The following outlines the steps to complete the practicum experience.

  1. Identify a practicum opportunity either through personal discussions, individual networks, or by searching the Practicum Opportunity Site listings.
  2. If you choose a course with a practicum component, register for the course and submit a Practicum Learning Plan to the practicum team. Students in courses can then skip to Complete and Submit a Final Report (step 10).
  3. Share the MPH Practicum Information for Preceptors document with the potential preceptor
  4. Complete the Practicum Learning Plan with your Preceptor. The Practicum Learning Plan outlines the roles and responsibilities of the student, preceptor, and JHSPH, as well as the practicum project description, specific goals and objectives, and proposed timeline.
  5. Submit the Practicum Learning Plan.
  6. Receive approval of the practicum opportunity. Approval must be received prior to the student beginning the experience.
  7. Register for credits (see next section below for more information).
  8. Begin practicum experience.
  9. Complete and submit a Progress Report at the mid-point of the practicum experience (both student and preceptor complete a Progress Report: student completes, preceptor completes).
  10. Complete and submit a Final Report (both student and preceptor complete a Final Report: student completes, preceptor completes). Final reports are due 2 weeks after completion of the practicum experience. Note: If the practicum experience ends during fourth term, the Final Report is due May 1, 2015.

* All forms and reports are accessible at the Practice Office website: http://www.jhsph.edu/offices-and-services/practice-and-training/practicum/for-students/forms-and-documents.html

Registering for Practicum Credits

Students are required to register a minimum of 3 credits for their practicum experience. The registration process will vary depending on the practicum experience.

JHSPH Course with an Approved Practicum Component

  1. Register for the course through searching for the course in ISIS. You do not need to register for any additional credits. Practicum hours are pre-determined. Approved practicum courses and corresponding practicum hours are on the Practicum Courses page.
  2. You will receive your grade after the completion of the course by the course faculty.

Customized Practicum with Outside JHSPH preceptor

  1. Register for practicum credits in ISIS using code PH.550.895.
  2. Register for credits depending on how many hours per week you will work on the practicum in one term. For further clarification about credits, see the next section below.

Customized Practicum with JHSPH faculty preceptor

  1. Search for the faculty preceptor’s primary department number in ISIS. The list of department numbers is listed below. If you do not know the faculty preceptor's primary department, you can search for it through the Faculty Directory.
  2. Select the 6-digit code only (and not the additional “.000, .001, etc.”).
  3. Find your faculty preceptor in the list of names.
  4. Register for credits depending on how many hours per week you will work on the practicum in one term. For further clarification about credits, see the next section below.
Practicum Supervisor’s DepartmentMPH Practicum Special Studies
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology120.895
Biostatistics140.895
Environmental Health Sciences180.895
Epidemiology340.895
Health, Behavior & Society410.895
Health Policy & Management300.895
International Health220.895
Mental Health330.895
Molecular Microbiology & Immunology260.895
Population, Family & Reproductive Health380.895

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Calculating Credits for Customized Practicum Experiences

As a general rule, you will register for 1 credit per term for every 4 hours per week of practicum work. For example, if your practicum project takes about 8 hours per week for one term, then you will register for 2 credits for that term. Another way to think about this is to register for one credit for each 32 hours of total practicum work. Students are required to register a minimum of 3 credits for their practicum experience.

In other words, for one term:
32 practicum hours (4 hours per week) = 1 credit
64 practicum hours (8 hours per week) = 2 credits
96 practicum hours (12 hours per week) = 3 credits*
*Tools of Public Health Practice and Decision Making course will earn students 10 practicum hours.

Questions? Contact practice@jhu.edu