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Field Experience/Practica

Students in the global health concentration will be encouraged to complete an international field experience/capstone project or to identify an appropriate alternative. The latter choice includes working with an international NGO, a global health agency, or an ethnic community in the U.S. Students should consult with their academic and field placement advisors when arranging the field experience/capstone project.

Need ideas for where to search for a practicum experience? Check out numerous organizations in our Resources & Links section and visit our FAQs below.

Have you chosen an applied learning experience/field practicum? Fill out the MPH field practica form here: IPHS 650 Registration Form/Learning Agreement.

Field Experience FAQs


1. Where do I begin when considering my field practicum?

Knowing your desired location, population you'd like to work with, thematic discipline (epidemiology, EOHS, CMH, youth development, etc.) and what you'd like to gain from your experience is a great place to start. Some students aim to find a balance among these criteria so that their experience fits their interests, while other students focus on one or two of the above criteria to find a practicum that fits their needs.

2. How do I find a field practicum?

Once you have an idea of what you are interested in doing and what location, you can begin your search for possible options. You can visit our Resources & Links for more information on several organizations.

3. Am I required to complete an international practicum experience?

Students are not required to complete an international practicum experience. We live in a global world and in that respect, a global experience can be conducted here in the U.S. You will want to work with your field practicum coordinator and global health coordinator to ensure your experience will fulfill both your divisional and global health practicum requirements.

4. When do I need to have a practicum selected by?

For students completing their practicum during the summer, we highly recommend having your practicum selected by March at the latest. This will allow adequate time to ensure everything is taken care of prior to the start of your practicum.

5. How do I fund my practicum experience?

The School of Public Health offers several competitive scholarship opportunities for students pursuing a global health practicum. Please check out our Scholarship Opportunities for further information.

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