Host a Student Practice Placement

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 Placement Opportunities Form.

Responsibilities for Preceptors


  • Develop a realistic project scope and work schedule with the student
  • Orient student to the organization and to the project
  • Be available on a regular basis to meet with and supervise the student and to provide performance feedback
  • Provide resources needed to complete project (e.g., work space, computer, administrative support, access to data)
  • Provide written feedback for the student and the school by completing the preceptor evaluation of student form
  • Agree to assist in student's professional development activities (e.g., meet leaders of organization, attend meetings during practice placement, conduct informational interviews

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


Practice Open House

Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 5:30-6:45 p.m. in Kresge Cafeteria

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 by October 17 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