Practice Experience

At GW, public health students gain practical skills and knowledge through a variety of practice experiences. GW’s extensive network of public health settings enables students to partner with the very top Washington, D.C., national or international health organizations and learn to apply academic knowledge and theory in real-world professional practice settings. Depending on the program and department, students participate in a combination of internships, a supervised practicum project, residency, and/or culminating experience. In every program, students gain confidence and real-world experience through their practice experiences.

View past Practicum locations of Prevention and Community Health students

Below is information and resources regarding the practice experiences specifically for Prevention and Community Health (PCH) students.

PCH Students complete both a practicum and a culminating experience.

Practicum Planning for PCH Students

Practicum Syllabi for PCH Department Programs

Community Oriented Primary Care Practicum Syllabus
Maternal and Child Health Practicum Syllabus
Public Health Communication and Marketing Practicum Syllabus
Health Promotion Practicum Syllabus

Culminating Experience

The Culminating Experience is a planned experience that requires a student to synthesize and integrate knowledge acquired in coursework and to apply theory and principles in an experience that approximates some aspect of professional practice.

PCH Culminating Experience Guide

PCH Culminating Experience Powerpoint

Culminating Experience Dates:

The Prevention and Community Health Curriculum Committee has set the following due dates for students pursuing the PCH Culminating Experience in 2016-2017 academic year.

Please see your advisor or program director if you have any questions.

  To Graduate In:

Culminating Experience

Fall 2016

Spring 2017

Summer 2017

Fall 2017

Concept Paper

August 5th, 2016

November 11th, 2016

March 31st, 2017

August 4th, 2017

Full Proposal

August 26th, 2016

December 9th, 2016

April 21st, 2017

August 25th, 2017

Final Paper

November 4th, 2016

April 7th, 2017

July 21nd, 2017

November 3rd, 2017

Final Presentation*

December 2nd, 2016

May 4th/5th, 2017

August 24th/25th, 2017

December 1st, 2017

*Final Presentations in the spring and summer will occur over one or two days, depending upon the number of students presenting.