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The Office of Public Health Practice & Training

Practicum Examples

The following are general suggestions for potential practicum activities. 
Students are not limited to the listed activities, and can combine multiple
activities when developing a practicum. All practicum projects must be
submitted for approval prior to the student beginning the experience.  

Analytical/Assessment Skills

  • Analyze, interpret, and summarize de-identified survey data or public records data
  • Analyze barriers to implementing a program and present recommendations
  • Assess lab-based surveillance data
  • Conduct cost-effectiveness, cost-benefit, and cost utility analyses
  • Conduct needs assessments
  • Contribute to the measuring, reporting and continuous improvement of organizational performance
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of existing programs
  • Organize, analyze, and summarize study data for a report

Policy Development/Program Planning Skills

  • Design programs/curriculum on health topics
  • Determine the feasibility and expected outcomes of policy options
  • Develop and coordinate programs and activities
  • Develop and implement quality improvement projects
  • Gather information relevant to specific public health policy issues and develop policy recommendations

Other Skills

  • Create an advocacy or advertisement campaign
  • Identify strategies for determining budget priorities based on federal, state, and local financial contributions
  • Investigate new partnerships that could also act as client resources
  • Promote public health policies, programs, and resources
  • Provide support and assistance in funding research and grant writing

Click here to view more detailed examples of practicum experiences that fulfill the MPH practicum requirement.