Practicum Requirements

All MPH candidates must complete a practicum to integrate classroom learning with real-life experience in a public health work environment, which allows them to learn from professionals in the field. Practicum options vary according to degree category.  In planning your practicum, please refer to the Practicum Guidelines.

Two-year MPH Practicum Options

All conventional two-year MPH students are required to complete an appropriate 10-12 week public health internship which usually occurs following the first year of study. The internship is the preferred way to fulfill the practicum requirement and is required for graduation regardless of whether or not the internship experience fulfills the practicum requirement. If an internship does not satisfactorily meet the practicum guidelines, students have the alternative of completing an approved practicum course (see list of approved courses under Advanced Professional MPH Practicum Options).

Advanced Professional (AP) MPH Practicum Options

One-year AP students are not required to complete a summer internship and must fulfill their practicum requirement during the academic year by completing one of these practicum courses: 

  1. Practice-based Community Health Research (EPH 542b) 
  2. Health Management (HPM 555a) 
  3. Health Policy (HPM 555b) 
  4. Public Health Practicum (EPH 500b) 
  5. Global Health Justice Practicum (CDE 586b) 
  6. Practicum in Climate Change, Sustainability, and Public Health (EPH 555b)

Accelerated MBA/MPH Practicum Options

Accelerated MBA/MPH students are exempt from the mandatory YSPH summer internship requirement but must fulfill the YSPH public health practicum requirement. The Healthcare Management program strongly recommends the completion of a qualifying internship in the health care industry to fulfill the public health practicum requirement. If the student cannot find a suitable internship that meets his/her needs, the student can petition the Director or Associate Director of the Accelerated MBA/MPH program for a waiver. In lieu of a public health summer internship, those receiving a waiver are required to take one of the approved YSPH practicum courses during the academic year. (Please see list of courses under Advanced Professional Practicum option).   

Practicum Course Offerings

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Practice-based Community Health Research (EPH 542b)

Groups of students are paired with agencies to work on defined projects with an emphasis on developing competencies in program planning and evaluation.

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Health Management (HPM 555a)

Health Management Practicum, HPA 555a is offered to students seeking health administration related careers. Students are individually placed within hospitals/health care organizations,...

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Health Policy (HPM 555b)

Health Policy Practicum, HPA 555b is offered to students seeking health administration or policy related careers. Students are individually placed within hospitals and other health care...


Public Health Practicum (EPH 500b)

The course combines experiential learning and guided classroom discussion. Students select a field placement where they apply public health concepts and competencies learned in the...


Global Health Justice Practicum (CDE 586b)

Through real-world projects students explore the means by which law, policy and rights can be used as tools to promote health within a global context.

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Practicum in Climate Change, Sustainability, and Public Health (EPH 555b)

Interdisciplinary student teams (3-4 students each) carry out applied research or practice projects in the area of climate change, sustainability, and public health.