The practicum is a mandatory 12-week experiential component (minimum of 350 contact hours) of the MPH degree program and is initiated after students have completed all five core program courses. This supervised component is intended to provide students with an opportunity to apply course learning in a public health setting. The placement may involve any of the activities or functions of public health: surveillance, policy development, program evaluation, communications, etc. The student contributes to a community's resources and to addressing a public health related problem while developing personal confidence and skills as a public health professional.
Who is involved in the practicum?
Success of a practicum placement will depend on the selection of quality practice locations with experienced and motivated trainers both in the field and the university. Students work closely with their academic advisor from the program and a field supervisor from the practicum site to set up specific arrangements. A learning contract will be agreed at the beginning of the practicum, and this will guide the learning activities the student becomes involved in and provide a framework for student evaluation.
We are looking to place students in situations that:
The School of Public Health relies on and appreciates the cooperation and support of organizations across Canada, to create these opportunities for its students. If your organization is interested in hosting an MPH student, then please contact us with the following information to set up an account.
All proposals will be assembled into a catalogue and made available to all MPH students. Students will contact you to apply for the practicum.
It is recommended that a stipend be offered to students, matching the Public Health Agency of Canada or the University of Saskatchewan graduate student assistantship (approximately $7000).
Students generally will have completed course work in: biostatistics, epidemiology, health promotion, health policy, and environmental and occupational health.
Students normally register in the practicum in the summer of the first year of the MPH program, but may complete it at other times dependent on site availability.