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”. 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 also utilize the resources below to identify practicum experiences:
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. 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.
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
All practicum experiences require the student to complete and submit the Practicum Learning Plan and obtain approval before beginning.
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 hour 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 list of JHSPH courses with an approved practicum component is 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: Community-based Public Health and Quality, Patient Safety, and Outcomes Research.
Students must complete and submit the Practicum Learning Plan for review and approval.