During the practicum experience, the student is supervised by the site preceptor, JHSPH, and their faculty advisor, who all work together to develop and define the practicum experience activities, learning objectives, and the final deliverables.
A qualified preceptor must be willing to commit time to supervising a student and providing feedback on student’s work. The preceptor should have knowledge of the student project in order to guide the student throughout the process. A preceptor who is not a faculty member of JHSPH must submit a resume or CV to the Office of Public Health Practice and Training at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The preceptor responsibilities are described below.
- Develop and agree to facilitate the practicum experience
- Identify a student for the project; once selected, assist the student with their Practicum Learning Plan, which 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.
- Provide adequate working space for the student as needed (e.g. computer, Internet, desk)
- Review the organization’s policies and rules, as well as mission and goals with the student
- Provide the student with any necessary background information and materials as warranted
- Inform your organization’s leadership about the practicum, and identify an alternate preceptor
- Meet with the student regularly to provide necessary guidance and supervision, as well as establish and maintain project goals, objectives and timeline, and track student's hours
- Identify other experiences, outside of the practicum, that will expose the student to the “flavor” of working at the practicum site (e.g. staff meetings, conference calls, etc.) if possible
- Complete evaluations of the student (JHSPH will contact you when it is time to complete these forms):
- Communicate with JHSPH in regards to any issues or concerns throughout the practicum