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MPH Practicum

PHS 895A: Master of Public Health Internship

The Penn State Master of Public Health (MPH) program requires that all students complete three credits of practicum experience prior to graduation.  Students complete their practicum experiences at Practicum Sites and work on substantive projects that (1) contribute to their growth as future public health professionals and (2) help advance the mission of the sites at which they are placed.

The goals of the practicum are to:

  • Build and strengthen students’ public health practice skills.
  • Increase students’ comprehension of and analytical skills relevant to the field of public health.
  • Provide students with the opportunity to contribute to the field of public health in a substantive way.
  • Build students’ professionalism.

The practicum provides students with a unique opportunity to gain professional experience and apply knowledge and skills learned in the classroom to real-world public health settings and real-time public health issues.  The practicum is critical to students’ academic and professional development and their ability to become competent in the practice of public health.

Click here for the MPH Practicum Learning Objectives.

For examples of student practicum placements see: My Practicum

Interested in hosting an MPH student? Click here for more info!

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