MPH students participate in the Practicum experience after completion of the six core courses. The Practicum involves at least 200 hours of working in a public health setting and offers intensive “on the job” experience. Students gain important job skills and learn more about career options in public health.
Two-year MPH students usually complete the Practicum during the summer between the first and second years of coursework, or in the Fall of their second year. Five-year BS-MPH students will complete the Practicum during the summer after their fifth year. Our MPH program helps students match their academic and career interests with the right practicum experience.
Examples of Practicum placements that our students have recently completed include:
- Working with a County Health Department on health assessment and planning processes for the Illinois Project for Assessment of Local Needs (IPLAN)
- Strategizing collaborations between the University of Illinois and the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District to improve public access to community health indicators
- Grant-writing for a company involved in designing and evaluating worksite health programs
- Developing wellness needs assessment for University of Illinois Employees Wellness Program
- Creating and implementing education and training guide regarding HIV/AIDS awareness at the Greater Community AIDS Project
- Constituent resolution and health policy outreach with Illinois State Senator Michael Frerichs' office
- Initiating Farmer's Market produce sales at Carle Foundation Hospital to facilitate affordable and healthy food options