Practicum & Capstone

COVID-19 update

Practice-based learning includes a variety of avenues with one common goal—to immerse you in hands-on public health practice experiences outside the classroom. This is where your academic preparation meets public health practice to enhance your learning.  Some practice-based learning opportunities (volunteer, practicum, capstone, and independent study) will be posted online on the CU Anschutz Handshake career platform. You will need to activate your student account to access posted opportunities

Master of Public Health students are required to complete a practicum and a capstone experience. The practicum allows students to experience 120+ hours of public health fieldwork. The capstone is an independent project that provides a deliverable back to the host agency. Following the completion of the capstone, students will share an oral presentation at the Public Health Forum​ held each semester.


Information for preceptors

Are you interested in being a mentor for ColoradoSPH MPH students? Review the materials below and learn how to become an MPH practicum or capstone preceptor.

Have questions or would like more information? Please don't hesitate to contact us at​.

MPH capstone preceptor guidelines


Information for students

ColoradoSPH at CSU: MPH practicum and capstone

You can find detailed instructions, submission due dates, the practicum learning plan template, and the capstone proposal template in the CSU Canvas Pre-Practicum or Pre-Capstone sites. Please contact your CSU faculty advisor with any questions.

ColoradoSPH at UNC: MPH practicum and capstone

Please contact Dr. Teresa Sharp for practicum and capstone information.

ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz: MPH practicum

ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz: MPH capstone

ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz: DrPH practicum