The MPH@GW practicum enables you to address real-life public health challenges. You will take what you are learning in the classroom and apply it to hands-on experiences in the field. The practicum enriches your academic experience and offers you the opportunity to develop the skills you will need throughout your career in public health.
As a planned, supervised and evaluated activity, the practicum is a valuable component of our MPH curriculum, and it is one of the core public health courses. As a student, you can choose to complete your practicum at a local, national or international organization and tailor your practicum project to your area of interest.
MPH@GW offers working professionals with three or more years of public health experience the option to petition for a practicum waiver. Instead of completing a practicum, students can request a waiver and complete an elective course within their first two terms to fulfill the program requirements.
GW has connections with organizations and affiliated preceptors across the United States and around the world. Discover what current MPH@GW students have chosen to do for their practicum experiences, below.
We partner with more than 700 practice sites and affiliated preceptors, and you are encouraged to be highly proactive and creative as you research where you would like to complete your practicum.
Examples of practicum settings include:
- International development organizations
- Consulting firms
- Policy institutes
- Think tanks
- State legislative committees
- Health service delivery organizations
- Federal and state health agencies
- Volunteer health agencies
- Health start-ups
- Public and private secondary schools
Become a Preceptor
Are you an experienced public health professional interested in mentoring an MPH@GW student? Find out how you can make a difference in public health as a preceptor.