A public health practicum is the opportunity to apply your classroom experience in a work setting. It is required for all students in professional master’s programs (MPH, MSPH, MPH&TM), including those with prior work experience. The practicum may be done in a variety of settings outside of the university, and it may align with future career goals.
The practicum is:
Terra Dotta is a student-centric system that tracks progress through the practicum, minimizes external forms, automates approvals, and compiles documents and student work products.
Access Terra Dotta using your Tulane e-mail username and password. See detailed directions in Appendix II of the practicum handbook.
Student testimonial about importance of practicum in their educational experience:
My practicum experience gave me invaluable, hands-on public health experience that helped to shape my career. I had an interest in violence prevention and knew that I wanted to work at the local level, so I reached out to the New Orleans Health Department to arrange a practicum. I wound up shaping the department’s emerging program to address violence as a public health issue, wrote grant proposals, and learned first-hand from brilliant public health leaders. My practicum experience helped me to develop content expertise and on-the-job skills needed by the local health department. At the end of the summer, I was hired on for a full-time position with the New Orleans Health Department, where I have worked for 4+ years. This isn’t a typical practicum experience – not all internships turn into jobs – but my experience shows how the practicum can serve as on-ramp for future career opportunities in public health.
Chris Gunther (MPH EPID 2013)