Applied Practice Experience (Practicum)

Masters students at the Harvard Chan School are required to complete an Applied Practice Experience, or a “Practicum,” which is approved by faculty. The Practicum project itself is designed jointly by the student and his or her preceptor at a host organization, to advance the work of the organization as well as provide a real world learning experience for the student.

Students are responsible for finding, arranging, and completing the practicum. Course instructors, other faculty, the Office of Education’s Practice Team, and others at the Harvard Chan School may also provide assistance.

When you identify a project you plan to use for your practicum, you must obtain approval from your practice course instructor for your program prior to confirming the site as a practice placement.

Upon completion of your practicum, students are required to submit two products which demonstrate a total of five MPH program competencies.

Learn more about finding your practicum, requirements, and resources to support you in this important – and exciting! – part of your training as a MPH candidate.