Practicum Information for Students

Resources for MPH and DrPH students

Overview


During your practicum, you'll gain real-world experience working in public health for a community host site. It's a great opportunity to develop and deepen your public health skills, see how the theory you're learning in the classroom applies in practice, and improve your understanding of the challenges and opportunities that public health professionals face.

For our MPH students, the practicum experience is a chance to your feet wet and try out what you've been learning. For our DrPH students, the practicum is an important opportunity to demonstrate and deepen your leadership skills.

Host site selection advice

Our practice-based learning courses (practicum and capstone) are designed to allow students to apply their knowledge and skills in a public health setting, acquire additional skills, and demonstrate competencies. Therefore, we strongly discourage students from completing their practicum and/or capstone at their current place of employment. Students who are considering a practicum placement and/or capstone project at their current place of employment, should reach out to their campus contact to discuss the opportunity. To explore funding opportunities and scholarships, please visit the financing your education page.

Course sequence advice for MPH students

While it's not required, we recommend that MPH students complete their practicum (PUBH 6606) prior to completing their capstone. Please review the eligibility requirements and "steps to complete" sections below—and complete the required steps—before registering for the practicum course.

Students whose home campus is CU Anschutz are required to take two capstone courses—first, the capstone preparation course (BIOS/EPID/EHOH/HSMP/CBHS 6990) and then the capstone integration course (PUBH 6991).

 

Eligibility requirements


 

Practicum requirements


MPH students must complete 120+ hours* of public health fieldwork and a 2 credit academic course for their practicum. DrPH students must complete a minimum of 240 contact hours and 4 credit hours.

*Please note: ColoradoSPH at UNC students are required to complete 150 hours. Dual degree programs may require additional practicum hours. Please consult the Dual Degree Handbook on the calendars, policies & handbooks webpage for specific requirements.

 

Steps to complete


Approved proposal required prior to registration

You must first submit a practicum proposal prior to registering for the practicum course. Once approved, you will receive a registration code. After you have registered for the practicum course, you may begin logging the required hours for your practicum.

Requirements

Review the eligibility and practicum requirements and recommendations listed above. Please contact your advisor as you begin preparing for your practicum to ensure you're completing any additional requirements that are specific to your degree program.


Funding resources

We encourage our students to explore funding resources for their practicum and/or capstone. Students may apply for funding opportunities including, but not limited to:

  • The Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center Student Leaders in Public Health Program
  • Center for Global Health scholarships
  • The Boucher-Daugherty Rural Health Award (only open to ColoradoSPH at UNC students)

To learn more about these funding opportunities and how to apply, please visit the financing your education page.

MPH students

Research host sites and connect with potential preceptors. After you've done your research, identify a practicum opportunity that you would like to pursue.

How to find a host site:

DrPH students

Please work with your academic advisor to identify a practicum opportunity that's aligned with your professional goals and interests.

Develop a learning plan with feedback from your preceptor.* In the plan, describe activities and related public health competencies that you will focus on during the practicum. Obtain signatures from your preceptor and your academic advisor on the final version of your learning plan.

Please find the latest learning plan and proposal templates and forms below, under the "forms" section.

*Important note: ColoradoSPH at UNC students are also required to attend a mandatory practicum orientation meeting. Please contact Teresa.sharp@unco.edu for current deadlines.

Please find the most current practicum proposal, learning plan, and forms below, under the "forms" section.

Please make sure to review the submission deadlines below to ensure your proposal is submitted on time.

Home campus
Required materials
Who to send materials to
CU Anschutz

Please submit the following items as part of your practicum proposal:

  • COVID-19 form
  • Learning plan
  • Resume
  • CITI certificates
Submit your completed practicum proposal to ColoradoSPH.Practicum@
cuanschutz.edu
.
CSU

Detailed instructions and current submission due dates are available in the CSU Canvas pre-practicum course. Please contact your faculty advisor with any questions.

Detailed instructions and current submission due dates are available in the CSU Canvas pre-practicum course. Please contact your faculty advisor with any questions.

UNC

Please submit the following items as part of your practicum proposal:

  • COVID-19 form
  • Learning plan
  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • CITI certificates

ColoradoSPH at UNC students are also required to attend a mandatory practicum orientation. Please contact Teresa.Sharp@unco.edu for more information.

Submit your completed practicum proposal to Teresa.Sharp@unco.edu.

 

    Our practice-based learning coordinators will review and approve practicum proposal requests or provide feedback, if revisions are needed.

    Once your proposal is approved, you'll receive a code to register for the practicum course.

     Home campusCourse number to register for
    MPH students
    CU Anschutz
    PUBH 6606
     CSU
    PBHC 6860
     UNCCH693/CHBH6930
    DrPH students
    CU Anschutz
    PUBH 6850

     

     

    Practicum proposal due dates



    Home campus
    U.S. experiences
    International experiences
    MPH students
    CU Anschutz

    Summer 2022: May 16, 2022
    Fall 2022: August 15, 2022
    Spring 2023: January 23, 2023

    Winter/Spring 2023: November 1, 2022

     


    CSU

    Detailed instructions and current submission due dates are available in the CSU Canvas pre-practicum course. Please contact your faculty advisor with any questions.

     UNC

    Materials are due the semester before you will complete your practicum. Please contact Teresa.sharp@unco.edu  for current due dates.

    DrPH students
    CU Anschutz
    Summer 2022: May 16, 2022
    Fall 2022: August 15, 2022
    Spring 2023: January 23, 2023

     

    Forms and resources


     

    Practicum contacts