Learning and mentorship from experienced public health practitioners
Alumna Dr. Abigail Fleisch hosted MPH student Rachel Cluett at Portland-based Maine Medical Center to study childhood lead risks
Learning Agreement information and worksheet: All students will write a Learning Agreement that will be signed off on by the student, preceptor, and practice course faculty. The Learning Agreement describes the scope of your work, deliverables, and general work plan.
Prior Practice Sites: This is an excellent resource to see what students have done in the past. Check out multiple fields of study for ideas. The Practice Office has contact information for preceptors on request (it is not listed on the website).
CareerConnect: Host organizations post practicum projects in CareerConnect. If you see a posting you like, apply right away. Only apply to postings you have a genuine interest in, as each prospective preceptor becomes a new relationship in your professional network. If you are applying to multiple openings and have a chance to have a meeting, let the preceptor know that you are exploring more than one opportunity – honesty and responsiveness are so important when exploring more than one option concurrently.
Your own research: Most students actually find their practicum through their own research and reaching out directly! And don’t forget to talk to other students – you all have networks!
Useful language: Review the competencies for your field of study to identify skills and language that may be useful in discussing your scope and deliverables; and identifying which skill sets you really want to focus on.