At GW, public health students gain practical skills and knowledge through a practicum project, a real-world work experience at a Washington, DC, national or international health organization. With hundreds of sites in the D.C. area alone, students can choose a practicum site and create a practicum project within her or his area of interest.
In recent years, Milken Institute School of Public Health students have engaged in practicum projects at top public health institutions, including:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Children's National Medical Center
- Congressional Research Service
- Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO)
- United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- President's Council on Fitness, Sport and Nutrition
- The World Bank
Interested in hosting a practicum for a GW public health student?
We are always interested in making additional sites and projects available to our students. If you are not yet registered in our online practicum system, we encourage you to:
- Watch the Site Preceptor Powerpoint to learn about the role of the practicum site and site preceptors
- Review the Site Preceptor Guidebook to learn about the process for practicum
- Apply to be a practicum preceptor and practicum site in our online system.
Please contact the GW Practicum Director with any questions.
Ready to create your practicum?
Use these resources to help you:
Log in to the Practicum Online System
Review the Practicum Guidebook to understand the timeline for practicum, how to use the online system, and who to contact for assistance with your practicum.
Familiarize yourself with the practicum process and rules, then take the online practicum quiz. Once you successfully pass the quiz, you'll be given access to set up an account in the online practicum system.
The steps below must be completed in order before you will be able to proceed to the next step.
|Review Practicum guidebook and pass online practicum quiz, create student practicum account in the Online Practicum System (OPS)||Student|
|Approve student account in OPS
*Some Practicum Directors may require a meeting with student prior to approval*
|Complete CITI training & email to GWSPH Student Records Office for review||Student|
|Verify & record CITI training||GW SPH Student Records Office|
The remaining student steps can only be completed if the site, site preceptor and project proposal are already approved and entered into the practicum system. Sites and preceptors not yet in the online practicum system (OPS) need to complete the following steps before students can move to next steps.....
|Find a site and project in the system, discuss possible plan with preceptor, upload project plan||Student|
|For Practicum sites outside of of the United States, the following steps must be completed before you can proceed
|Complete and sign RTF form, give to Practicum Director for signature||Student|
|Sign project plan||Practicum Director|
|Sign project plan||Preceptor|
|Sign and upload RTF form and e-mail to GWSPH Student Records Office||Practicum Director|
|Verify RTF, send to Registrar||GW SPH Student Records Office|
|Log 60 hours of practicum||Student|
|Complete Midpoint Evaluation (discuss with Site Preceptor first)||Student|
|Sign Midpoint Evaluation||Practicum Director|
|Sign Midpoint Evaluation||Site Preceptor|
|Log a minimum of 120 hours of practicum (total)||Student|
|Final Evaluation of site||Student|
|Final Evaluation of student||Site Preceptor|
|Review and sign off on final evaluation from preceptor||Practicum Director|
Practicum Equivalent Experience Application: MPH students with substantial public health experience relevant to their department/track may request to waive the MPH Practicum and substitute elective credits. Prior to matriculation, applicants must have completed more than three years of relevant, full-time, public health experience in which they can demonstrate application of at least one track-specific competency. To request a waiver, complete the Practicum Equivalent Experience Application. Obtain approval from your Practicum Director, Academic Advisor, and the Dean for Public Health Practice. Once completed, submit to the Office of the Dean.
RTF form - Use this form to register for practicum, after your practicum plan has been approved by your Practicum Director. Upload the form containing all necessary signatures to the online practicum system, which will then automatically forward the information to the Records Office to be recorded on your transcript.
- Practicum Steps for PCH Students
- Biostatistics & Epidemiology
- Environmental and Occupational Health
- Global Health
- Health Policy
- Health Promotion
- Physical Activity in Public Health
- Public Health Nutrition
- Community Oriented Primary Care Competencies
- Epidemiology and Biostatistics Competencies
- Environmental and Occupational Health Competencies
- Exercise Science Core Competencies
- Global Health Competencies
- Health Policy Competencies
- Health Promotion Competencies
- Maternal and Child Health Competencies
- Public Health Communication and Marketing Competencies