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PBHE697 - Public Health Practicum

Course Details

Course Code: PBHE697 Course ID: 4684 Credit Hours: 4 Level: Graduate

This course is intended to give the student practical experience in public health. This practicum is spent in an appropriate program, under the guidance of an administrator qualified by education and/or experience. The practicum consists of a 180-200 hours supervised practical application of previously studied theory and is completed by the student throughout a 16-week course. Development and utilization of original activities is stressed, and periodic progress reports are required. Students must secure a supervised position prior to beginning this course. Students are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor with any questions, prior to registration. (Prerequisite: Students may take the practicum after all other CORE courses are completed)

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
05/21/21 - 10/29/21 11/01/21 - 02/20/22 Fall 2021 Session K 16 Week session
06/28/21 - 12/03/21 12/06/21 - 03/27/22 Fall 2021 Session C 16 Week session
07/27/21 - 12/31/21 01/03/22 - 04/24/22 Winter 2022 Session A 16 Week session
08/31/21 - 02/04/22 02/07/22 - 05/29/22 Winter 2022 Session K 16 Week session
09/28/21 - 03/04/22 03/07/22 - 06/26/22 Winter 2022 Session C 16 Week session
10/26/21 - 04/01/22 04/04/22 - 07/24/22 Spring 2022 Session A 16 Week session

Current Syllabi

Students will demonstrate the following competencies drawn from the list of Program General Core Competencies: (However, not all of these will be demonstrated in every student’s practicum due to the focused and individualized nature of each student’s experience.)

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Communicate public health information and issues effectively to health professionals and the public through diverse communication channels
  • Apply information technology to diverse aspects of public health and communication.
  • Critically review and apply evidence-based evaluation of published medical and public health literature.
  • Demonstrate the ability to discuss a public health problem substantively and scientifically, including demographics, geography, magnitude and time trends.
  • Discuss and explain the typical operations and procedures of health departments and other agencies responsible for public health.
  • Identify and discuss strategies for collaboration and partnership among organizations focused on public health goals.
  • Discuss ethical choices, values and professional practices implicit in public health decisions, considering the effect of those choices on social justice and accountability.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the three core functions of public health (assessment, policy development, and assurance.)


Please join the Discussion each week. Replies must be posted in the week due and replies after the end of the each week will not be graded or receive credit. The discussions are for student interaction and input and must be submitted before the week ends in order to receive full credit. Students should demonstrate their own knowledge in the discussions and avoid copying and pasting from websites. The Rubric is attached to discussion description.


Initial Response:

  • Post your initial response to each discussion by 11:55pm, ET, Wednesday.
  • Initial responses should have substance where students explore, explain, and expand upon issues being discussed, and apply relevant course materials.
  • Students should analyze course concepts, theories or materials correctly, using examples or supporting evidence.
  • Initial responses should be supported by at least two references (APA referencing format is not required for discussions)

Peer Responses:

  • For each discussion, reply to at least 2 of your classmates by 11:55pm, ET, Sunday.
  • Students are required to respond to at least two (2) other student’s initial postings (and the instructor) with significant comments that have substance.
  • Students should collaborate with fellow learners, relating the discussion to course concepts, add several innovative ideas, and provide considerable additional insight that relates to core concepts.
  • Peer responses should include at least two (2) of the following components: Offering advice; posing a question; providing an alternative point-of-view; and acknowledging similar experiences.
  • Peer responses should be supported by at least one reference (APA referencing format is not required for discussions)
  • All discussions can be accessed in the discussion section of the course.
  • A Discussion rubric is included in the discussion section of the course
  • More in-depth specific instructions for each discussion can be found in the discussion tab within the course.
  • Late Discussion posts receive a 10% per day late penalty. If your 2 peer responses are posted after the week is ended (after Day 7, Sunday) they receive a zero, and that the discussion is finished. You cannot receive credit for participation in a discussion with others after the discussion week has closed.
  • If there are less than 3 students in the course, only one (1) peer posting will be required. Your peer postings should challenge or expound upon at least one of the points made by your peer, and “I agree” does not constitute as an adequate response. As graduate students, you will be expected to provide comprehensive, relevant and well supported points in your assignments.

We all bring something unique to the classroom, from our understanding, our experiences, and our value systems. We honor and respect each person’s diverse beliefs to help us see beyond the classroom to be the most effective individuals we can be. Therefore, we should all be respectful of others while expressing our viewpoints and opinions. Proper Netiquette behavior is expected. Any inflammatory, demeaning or disrespectful language in a posting will be immediately removed from the discussion space.


Please share with your peers some of your thoughts about events that occurred during these past two weeks at your practicum location. You may share your thoughts about the activities/duties and challenges you faced during these two weeks, or any additional insights you would like to share with your peers. Your reflection posting should be at least 400-500 words in length and please be sure to respond to at least two of your peers' postings during the week.


In addition to their final paper, students are required to submit ALL final completed deliverables agreed on with the instructor and preceptor.

Practicum experience

  • Students should have already received the Practicum Handbook from advising. If you have not received it, please contact the Practicum Coordinator.
  • The practicum provides students with an opportunity to integrate the concepts they have learned in their public health courses to practical, real-life experiences. A practicum experience differs from an internship. An internship’s focus is on-the-job training for new employees, or providing practical experience for someone who is new to a position or a profession. A practicum, on the other hand, describes college-level practical course work in a particular field.
  • The practicum involves working on a project related to public health practice. You will work with a professional in the field, who will serve as a preceptor during the practicum. You will work with the practicum coordinator, your practicum course instructor, and your preceptor to set and achieve objectives for this intensive experience.
  • The practicum handbook will provide you with guidance as you prepare for and work within the practicum course and during the practicum experience.
  • By its nature, the practicum involves comprehensive work outside of the classroom. You must be prepared to plan well in advance for this experience. The School of Health Sciences Practicum Coordinator will work with you to help you meet your academic objectives.
  • The practicum is a planned, supervised experience in which the student applies academic learning to real-word situations in a specific discipline. The following elements are present in every practicum:
    • It is a planned coordinated experience developed in collaboration with the student, the preceptor, the instructor, and the practicum coordinator
    • It has a requirement of a specific number of 180-200 field-work hours to be completed during the 16-week practicum course
    • It includes a student placement plan that must be approved and signed by the student, the preceptor, the practicum coordinator, and the course instructor
    • It includes periodic feedback and a final evaluation from the preceptor to the student and the instructor
    • It includes student feedback related to the practicum experience and the preceptor
    • It includes a concluding report on the experience, submitted within the practicum course classroom and according to course guidelines

      What to do during the practicum?

  • Work with preceptor on practicum project, abiding by “student responsibilities at practicum site” in the practicum handbook
  • Keep detailed log of practicum work and hours, as defined in the practicum course.
  • Prepare any documents or other requirements for the practicum organization, as agreed upon in the work plan
  • Communicate regularly with preceptor and instructor to receive feedback on progres

What to do near the end of the practicum?

  • Make sure all practicum work and requirements are on track for completion, by reviewing objectives and agreed-upon practicum work plan
  • Use the Practicum Completion form as a guide to ensure that all work is completed
  • A week or two before the end of the practicum, provide preceptor with evaluation form, to be completed and submitted to instructor
  • Complete all course work related to practicum, as outlined in the course syllabus
  • Complete the Practicum Evaluation form and the Preceptor Evaluation form as directed in the classroom

After the practicum is completed, send Thank You letters to the organization and the preceptor

  • More in-depth specific instructions for each assignment can be found in the Assignment tab within the course.
  • Assignments submitted late without advance notice will receive a 5% per day late penalty and will not be accepted for grading five (5) days past the due date.

Required Course Textbook:

There are no required textbooks for this course. However, students are encouraged to review all textbooks and supplemental materials provided during previous coursework taken during their graduate studies in the Masters of Public Health program.

Software Requirements:

Software Note

Typhon student practicum tracking software. Required prior to practicum. Information on requirements provided here -


The Typhon student practicum tracking software will be implemented in to the Nursing, Public Health and Health Informatics programs. Typhon allows faculty the ability to keep track of documents, practicum hours, and communication. It also allows the preceptor to view and approve hours as submitted. This will eliminate the need for students to get hour logs signed and uploaded during the practicum experience. Typhon offers the ability to develop the students' professional portfolio and access the system for 5 years.

For all programs, there is a one-time $90 fee for the student, which students will pay directly to the Typhon group.

This site will be used to securely collect all forms and track expiration dates related to the practicum experience and is required before PBHE697. Students retain access to their Typhon portfolio after graduation and may use this as a professional advancement tool.

Academic Writing Requirements:

The School of Health Sciences requires use of APA format and style and all students are encouraged to have a current copy of the APA Publication Manual. All written assignments are to be submitted in APA format style unless otherwise noted in the assignment directions.

Book Title:There are no required books for this course.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.