The practicum—essentially an internship in the field—is a both required component and a highlight of the MPH experience. You will work alongside public health professionals, experience the day-to-day realities of the field, and apply what you’ve learned in class to advance the cause of public health.
You will be supported before, during, and after your practicum. Introductory workshops orient you to fieldwork and prepare you for professional practice. In collaboration with a faculty advisor, you will select a site, project, and plan for your practicum experience. Faculty at the Mailman School have well-established relationships with government agencies and healthcare institutions in New York City and around the globe—offering you many options for completing your practicum. Once deployed in the field, you will receive support as needed from your onsite supervisor and departmental advisor. Upon completion of the practicum, you will formally present your work at departmental or school-wide events. Many students use the data from their practicum experience as a component of their Master’s thesis or capstone paper.
Read more about student practicum experience with the Office of Field Practice.