Practicum Orientation and Training Materials


Complete this Practicum Orientation prior to starting a learning contract for your practicum. 

This orientation explains the purpose and goals of a practicum.  It provides information to help you plan your program, complete a learning contract, and register for the practicum course.

Practicum Presentations 

Introduction to Practicum This brief introduction, intended for new students, discusses the basic requirements for a practicum.

International Practicum: This slide set explains the approval processes for an international practicum.

How to Write Practicum Learning Objectives (April 3, 2018):  This presentation describes an approach to writing learning objectives for practicum. See also the learning objectives worksheet, examples, and CEPH Competencies under "Other Training Materials" below.

Other Training Materials

Resources for Developing your Practicum and Learning Contract

Final Products: This list provides ideas for a final product for your practicum.

How to Write Practicum Learning Objectives Worksheet: This worksheet and guide describes an approach to writing learning objectives for  practicum. 

Practicum Learning Objectives-Examples: This document is a companion to the "How to Write Practicum Learning Objectives" presentation and worksheet above.  

CEPH Competencies-MPH: A list of the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) Foundational Competencies for the MPH degree plan.

CEPH Competencies-DrPH: A list of the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) Foundational Competencies for the DrPH degree plan.

Resources for Preceptors

Practicum Guide for Preceptors: A short, printable guide for preceptors (updated for the summer 2018 semester).  See also the Preceptors tab on our practicum homepage

Other Student Resources

Bloodborne Pathogen Training:  Your practicum host organization may require you to complete bloodborne pathogen training before you can begin your practicum.  If so, first ask your preceptor if your host organization offers site-specific training.  If your host organization does not offer site-specific training, complete this course developed by UTHealth's Safety, Health, Environment, and Risk Management department. See also UTHealth’s policy on bloodborne pathogen infection control in HOOP Policy 158, Bloodborne Pathogen Infection Control

CITI Human Subjects and HIPPA Training: This document provides step-by-step instructions to register and complete CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative Program) training in human subjects research and HIPPA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) training. Complete this CITI training if your practicum will involve human subjects research and/or working with protected health information (PHI).  In addition, UTHealth's HIPPA Policy Handbook is located here:

Practicum Involving Human Subjects Research:  This document discusses the requirement to obtain Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval if your practicum involves human subjects research.