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Background Information for Field Placement


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Presentation:  Introduction to Field Placement Preparation (PDF)

Introduces the field placement coordinator and guest lecturer and provides an overview of the field placement requirements, including the different team members. Explains the purpose and objectives of the field placement preparation course as well as the course schedule and expectations.


An integral aspect of the MPH curriculum is the Field Placement or Field Experience. The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) states, “all professional degree students must develop skills in basic public health concepts and demonstrate the application of these concepts through a practice experience that is relevant to the students’ areas of specialization.”

The purpose of a planned, supervised and evaluated Field Placement is to provide students with the opportunity to synthesize, integrate and apply practical skills and knowledge learned through courses, gain professional experience in a public health work environment, and work on public health projects that are of interest to the student and benefit to the agency.


Specific learning objectives include:

  • Demonstrate awareness of the functions and operations of an organization that contributes to the health of a community.
  • Apply appropriate public health theory, skills and knowledge to a public health or community health issue.
  • Complete an Action Learning Project in an area of public health practice for the participating Field Placement site.
  • Develop or enhance skills and knowledge in multiple areas of public health competency.


Relationship to Capstone Project

The Field Placement and final Capstone Project are two distinct MPH curriculum requirements. However, the Field Placement could lead to a topic that can be further explored within the development of the Capstone Project, but combining the Field Placement and Capstone Project is neither required nor expected.
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