An integral part of the USC MPH program is the practicum, a structured and supervised professional experience with an approved agency for which students receive academic credit. As a working partnership between students and public health agencies, the practicum offers students hands-on experience in an area of public health, including county, state, federal or community-based agencies. The goal of the practicum is to further students’ practical experience while enhancing the work of public health. Through the practicum, students have the opportunity to demonstrate an integration of coursework into a real-world setting, preparing them for a professional career in public health.
Eligibility and Waiver Criteria
International Practicum Opportunities
Aiming to expand students’ research and professional experience in addressing global health issues, faculty in the USC Institute on Inequalities in Global Health coordinate practicum opportunities to enhance the recruitment of diverse students into global health research and practice.
Forms to be completed by the Agency:
- Information for New Practicum Supervisors
Information for New Practicum Supervisors
- Internship affiliation agreement
Completed by the agency and signed by a designated staff member and the Vice Provost of Planning and Budget at USC. This form is completed prior to placing a student in a site. This form is not necessary for placements within USC.
- Field Supervisor Evaluation Form
Completed by the supervisor upon completion of hours.
- International Practicum Affiliation Agreement
Forms to be completed by the Student:
- MPH Competency Checklist
To be completed ONE semester BEFORE you register for 596 (aka Student Interview Form).
- Student Agreement-Legal Form
This form outlines policies and procedures to be followed by students completing field training. This form is to be completed by the student and requires proof of health insurance.
- List of Practicum Sites
A List of Practicum Sites
- Practicum Approval Form
MPH Practicum Approval Form
- Practicum FAQ
Frequently asked questions regarding the USC MPH Practicum.