Host a Student Field Practice

Hosting Practice Opportunities

A practicum serves as a structured and significant educational experience that takes place in an agency, institution, or community. This experience is intended to give students the opportunity to turn theory into practice by developing professional skills in a public health setting and addressing the needs of the organization. Students work in a public health area or discipline, or on special projects related to the agency's need and the student's area of concentration. The purpose is to further or complete their graduate education in public health. Alumni are needed to host practice opportunities. If you are interested in providing a practice opportunity as a for a student, please fill out and submit the Practice Project Form.

Responsibilities for Preceptors

  • Orient the student or student team to the organization and the project
  • Develop a realistic project plan and work schedule with the student(s)
  • Be available on a regular basis to meet with and supervise the student(s)
  • Provide the guidance and support necessary for successful completion of the project, and on-going feedback about the performance of the student(s)
  • Arrange for the student(s) to obtain any resources needed to complete the project (e.g., work space, computer, administrative support)
  • Try to assist the students in their professional development (e.g., help them meet leaders of the organization and network, arrange for them to attend meetings during the placement, etc.)
  • Complete the mid-project and final evaluations of the student(s).

For an overview of the Practice Placement purpose, objectives, structure, and evaluation, click here.

Practice Open House

Thursday, October 9, 2014, 5:30-6:45 p.m. in Kresge Cafeteria
 RSVP here. Please note the Practice Open house can only host a limited number of organizations.

Alumni preceptors are encouraged to attend the Open House where they can:

  • Promote their practice opportunity
  • Meet interested students
  • Collect student resumes

If you are interested in coming to the Open House, please email Annmarie Corey at to reserve a seat. Light refreshments will be served.

Contact Information

Public Health Practice Resources
Michael McCormack
Director of Practice
677 Huntington Avenue
Kresge Building, Room G-29
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
Phone: 617.432.3592