Do you have a MPH Health Promotion or MPH Epidemiology practicum to offer?


Practicum Timeline Credits and Hours Students’ academic preparations

May – August (16 weeks)

Required for all 1st year MPH Epidemiology and Health Promotion students

October to December: Practicum and PD Officer starts collecting Practicum Proposals from interested supervisors

Practicum opportunities are posted for students to apply directly to agencies

January – April:
Practicum and PD Officer continues to post practicum proposals if available

2.0 FCE for a 16 week practicum

560 hours minimum, 35 hours a week

Students would have taken 2 full semesters of classes as preparation.

Click here for MPH Epidemiology course requirements.

Click here for MPH Health Promotion course requirements.

January – May (12 weeks)

Optional for 2nd year MPH students

Practicum is student driven – they are responsible for finding their own practicum.

September to January:
If opportunities are available, Practicum and PD Officer will post  practicum proposals for students to apply and interview directly with agencies

1.5 FCE for a 12 week practicum

420 hours minimum, 35 hours a week

Students would have taken at least 3 full semesters of classes as preparation.

To learn more about the MPH Health Promotion and MPH Epidemiology programs, click here

MPH Epidemiology    MPH Health Promotion

For more information on the practicum, please refer to the MPH Epidemiology 2017 guidelines and MPH Health Promotion 2018 guidelines respectively.

If you have a practicum to offer, please submit a practicum proposal to the Practicum Placement and Professional Development Officer or call 416-978-8844.

What is a practicum placement?

The required practicum occurs between May and August each year and requires a minimum of 560 hours of work onsite (average of 35 hours per week). The student and preceptor will identify learning objectives that meet the student’s learning competencies and also organizational goals. The student will work on projects in the organization, with the supervision of a preceptor who will report at 2 points on the progress against learning objectives.

What is my role as a preceptor?

Click here for Practicum Roles and Responsibilities

What forms do I need to complete with the practicum student?

Practicum proposal – supervisor completes this if student found the practicum on their own or if supervisor is interested in advertising through the Practicum Office. This is posted for all students to view and apply.

  • Learning Contract – student and supervisor signatures
  • Midterm evaluations – student and supervisor signatures
  • Final evaluations – student and supervisor signatures

What experience do I need to have as a preceptor/supervisor?

For MPH Epidemiology practicum: The practicum supervisor should be an epidemiologist or a professional with 3+ years of analytical experience.

For MPH Health Promotion practicum: The practicum supervisor should be a health promotion professional with a MPH or equivalent and 3+ years of experience.

What are the practicum requirements for a MPH Health Promotion and MPH Epidemiology?

For MPH Epidemiology practicum: Practicum projects must include the epidemiological and statistical analysis of primary or secondary data. A significant element of interpretation of epidemiological data is required. Practicum projects could involve work on a community health status report, a specific health needs assessment, a research project, an outbreak investigation or a variety of other possibilities.

Click here for MPH Epidemiology competencies

For MPH Health Promotion practicum: The activities undertaken during the practicum will depend on the needs of the agency/organization sponsoring the practicum, and the student’s own learning objectives.  Such activities might include: contributing to or leading a project on behalf of the sponsoring agency/organization (e.g., conducting a needs assessment, evaluating a program, assisting in a research project); participating in the ongoing business of the agency/organization (e.g., attending meetings, participating in committee work, writing reports); producing a report, document or publication relevant to the work done.

Click here for MPH Health Promotion competencies

There may be more than 1 supervisor for each practicum student. Depending on the supervisor’s experience and qualifications, the Practicum Placement and Professional Development Officer may recommend that the student finds an additional faculty member as co-supervisor.

I originally did not advertise a practicum opportunity through the Practicum Office.  I was approached by a student interested in completing a practicum with me.  What do I need to know?

Thank you for your interest in supervising one of our students! All 2nd year students wishing to complete an optional placement must find their own placements.  If you were approached by a student, please review all of the information on this page and submit a Practicum proposal form to the Practicum Placement and Professional Development Officer.

 Can I see some examples of past practicum opportunities?

Past MPH Health Promotion practicum placements:

Past MPH Epidemiology practicum placements:

What is the recommended pay for a MPH practicum student?

The recommended stipend is $20/hour or a total of $10,000 for the summer- this is a request to help students with tuition and living costs in exchange for high quality work. It is not a requirement of the practicum program. If you would like to offer an unpaid placement, an organization-level student placement agreement will need to be in place before a student can begin his/her placement. Contact the Practicum Office for the template agreement.

Is help available to define a practicum project for my organization?

Yes, we can work together to define a practicum placement. Please contact the Practicum Placement and Professional Development Officer.

What happens after the practicum is posted?

Interested students submit their cover letters and resumes directly to supervisors. Once you have interviewed and selected a student, it is not a requirement to provide an official letter of offer but it is a good idea to provide one or receive written confirmation and commitment from the student as the practicum may not start right away.

Am I guaranteed a student if I submit a practicum proposal?

We post all available practicum opportunities for students to apply. Because of their diverse areas of interests, we cannot guarantee that all supervisors will end up with students. The majority do but not all.

I don’t have a practicum to offer right now but would like to stay involved with the school for school wide events. What can I do?

You can send the Practicum and Professional Development Officer an email to be added to the listserv so that you receive the most up to date information on school wide events and information for the next practicum cycle.

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