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Human Nutrition Practicum

2nd term
International Health
Variable Credit
Academic Year:
2020 - 2021
Instruction Method:
Synchronous Online
Auditors Allowed:
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Course Instructor:
Vanessa Larsen

The field placement is an activity in which the student, the placement agency, and the faculty share responsibility for the provision and acquisition of practical experience in a nutrition-related public health area of the student’s interest. All three parties must be involved in developing work objectives to guide the student's field placement experience.

Complements and reinforces the didactic portion of the MSPH program. Provides students with an opportunity to apply the knowledge gained during the first year, to develop field, laboratory, or clinical skills related to nutrition research or programs according to individually designed learning objectives, and to work as part of a team in an applied research or practice project. Students are placed in a variety of professional settings, which may include: government, non-government organizations (NGOs), university projects, and multi-lateral, private, and/or for-profit sector. Practicum locations exist in the US and typically most regions of the world. Provide opportunity for feedback for student performance and placement experience

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Integrate and apply methods and skills learned in courses taken on the first year of the MSPH in a practical setting.
  2. Develop new skills essential for functioning as an effective global health professional, in assuming responsibility on the ground and becoming a reliable and collaborative member of a project team, an effective communicator, writer, trainer and implementer.
  3. Evaluate a program or field project as it relates to public health nutrition
  4. Integrate and understand knowledge through critical literature reviews, and analysis and interpretation of scientific data
  5. Develop a proposal, take initiative, provide direction, and participate in the implementation, evaluation and/or analysis required to establish and achieve project goals.
  6. Communicate effectively, manage relationships and participate in teams
  7. To allow for the seamless transition from student to public health professional.
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 100% Participation

Instructor Consent:

No consent required