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. Practice-based learning opportunities (volunteer, practicum, capstone, and independent study) will be posted online. In order to apply for these opportunities, you must create a Handshake account​.

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 give an oral presentation present and present a poster 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

MPH practicum and capstone: ColoradoSPH at CSU

Please contact your assigned faculty advisor and view instructions by logging into the CSU Canvas Pre-Practicum or Pre-Capstone websites

MPH practicum and capstone: ColoradoSPH at UNC

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

MPH practicum: ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz

MPH capstone: ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz

DrPH practicum