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Practice: The world is your classroom

At Tulane, public health is not just theoretical; it's real, hands-on experience. Our students apply what they have learned in positions here locally in New Orleans and around the world before they graduate. The classroom becomes more than four walls with a professor at the front; your classroom will take you to places where you can see what the professional world is like.

Hospital recruiter speaking with MHA students.

Practice in-depth

Through the practicum and other opportunities, students can test out the skills they learn in the classroom. 

For my practicum, I am part of the data action team for the Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (NAPSACC) project at the Bureau of Family Health with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. NAPSACC is a national evidence-based intervention to prevent and reduce childhood obesity. I am creating a summary report for the project based on the analyses of the data obtained from the intervention, and will evaluate the project to provide future recommendations for the child care centers as well as the NAPSACC team. My coursework at Tulane SPHTM has equipped me well for this experience, especially with the analytical knowledge and skills that I have used in this project as well as in other research projects I am currently involved in.

-Neha Vazirani​, Student
Epidemiology MPH 

​The Practicum

All students in the MPH, MSPH, and MPH&TM programs complete a practicum. (MHA students complete an administrative residency.) The practicum is a field experience in a professional setting where students apply their classroom learning of public health concept to a project within the host organization. Students collaborate closely with their academic advisor to find, select, and prepare for their practicum, setting forth specific learning objectives and competencies to be attained through the practicum. While completing the practicum, students are overseen by a preceptor resident in the host organization. The student, the academic advisor, and the preceptor each evaluate the student's achievement of program competencies and objectives.

Alumni say over and over again how important the practicum was to their success in the job market. Sometimes a practicum might turn into a job offer. Other times, it will show a potential employer that the student is really ready for an advanced professional task. Students who succeed will definitely end up with a great professional reference!

Learn more about the Practicum.

Practice doesn't end with practicum

Many students obtain practical experience in addition to the practicum. Whether as an intern, volunteer, or research or teaching assistant, our students rarely graduate without multiple professionally relevant entries on their resumes.

Career Services, Your Partner for Professional Development

At least 95% of students find employment or continue on to advanced degrees following graduation. That's impressive and employers often tell us that it's the Tulane graduates who can jump right into a job from day one with little to no training. There are many ways Career Services helps students become their own best advocates in the job search:

  • Networking opportunities that put them face to face with SPHTM alumni and public health professionals
  • Mentoring programs [link to article] that give them an edge up
  • Weekly events during academic year that let them meet employers, learn about career paths, and present themselves effectively in the job search.