Practicum Orientation and Training Materials


Please follow the student guides on the practicum homepage for MPH and DrPH students.

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.  For complete instructions to obtain travel approval, refer to the International Travel for Practicum Guide on the practicum travel webpage.

Other Training Materials

Resources for Developing your Practicum and Learning Contract

Final Products: This list provides ideas for final products.

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.  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.  

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:  If you will be working with PHI, ask your preceptor if your host organization provides site-specific HIPPA training.

Research Compliance Guide: Refer to this guide on the School of Public Health's Student Research website if you believe your practicum will include research involving human subjects, animal research, or use of hazardous materials.

Does My Project Require Review by UTHealth's Committee for Protection of Human Subjects (CPHS)?  This decision tree can help you with obtaining UTHealth IRB (Institutional Review Board) approval if your practicum will involve human subjects research. Be sure to click on the hyperlinks in the flowchart or scroll down through pages 2-4 for help with each step.