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This page shares information about the MPH Indigenous Health practicums. Learn about the process to work with our students, key considerations, and deadlines.

We are currently accepting postings for January – April practicums. Positions can be fully virtual/remote, partially virtual and in-person, or fully in-person. To fill out a proposal form or to learn more about the process, contact the Indigenous Health Program Coordinator, at mphih.dlsph@utoronto.ca.


Timelines for Practicums

Below is a suggested timeline for potential sites. The hiring process may revise depending on existing site policies and public health restrictions. Students and preceptors are recommended to complete the hiring process by the end of November for January practicum start.

NOTE: Our next cycle for practicums will start in January 2023. The program is currently under review to begin the academic year in the summer instead of fall. Future cohorts will complete required practicums (560 hours) from January – April instead of May – August practicums.

Important Deadlines for Upcoming Winter Practicums

We have students who are looking for*:

  • 16-week practicums (560 hours minimum, 35 hours a week) – i.e. January 3, 2023 to April 22, 2023
  • 12-week practicums (420 hours minimum, 35 hours a week) – i.e. January 3, 2023 to March 25, 2023

* These are suggested timelines. They may be revised to accommodate the needs of students and preceptors. However, we recommend referring to the DLSPH Sessional Dates and Deadlines to ensure all hours are completed before grades must be submitted.

Activity

Date

Submit a practicum posting using the Practicum Proposal Form from the Program Coordinator. Information to be included: contact information, tasks, responsibilities, pay (if applicable).

It is recommended to submit a posting at least 4 months before the practicum start date (e.g., submit in August for January start date)

May 1, 2022 – August 30, 2022*

*This is a suggested deadline. We will continue to share opportunities on an ongoing basis.

Practicum postings go live. Practicums will be posted on an ongoing basis. September 8, 2022 – November 14, 2022
Hiring Process  September 19, 2022 – December 12, 2022

2 Practicum Cycles: General Overview

Practicum Timeline Credits and Hours Students’ academic preparation

Winter Practicum

January – May (12 weeks minimum or 16 weeks)

May to December: Submit practicum opportunities

September to December: Hiring and interview process

2.0 FCE for a 16 week practicum

560 hours minimum, 35 hours a week

Students would have completed 2 full semesters of classes.

Click here for MPH Indigenous Health course requirements.

Summer Practicum

May – July (12 weeks)

Practicums are mostly student-driven, where students are responsible for finding their own practicum outside of our internal database.

September to December: Submit practicum opportunities

January to April: Hiring and interview process

 

1.5 FCE for a 12 week practicum

420 hours minimum, 35 hours a week

Practicums for MPH-IH Students

The Master of Public Health in Indigenous Health (MPH-IH) program was designed to enhance the knowledge and competencies of students interested in advancing Indigenous health and wellness. In the MPH-IH, students learn about Indigenous health issues from multiple perspectives and stories, guided by Elders, Knowledge Keepers, community, and faculty. Drawing upon Indigenous pedagogy and approaches, students participate in activities in the classroom, in the community, and on the land. The program offers elements of health promotion, Indigenous health and well-being, and community engagement. Training in Indigenous theory, policy, and research methods is provided to enable students to pursue careers in health promotion, Indigenous health organizations, and public health research.

We anticipate that both Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations will benefit from working with the MPH-IH students as they have an intermediate level of knowledge about Indigenous peoples, history, and current issues. Through the practicums, MPH-IH students will gain experiences in applied settings in public health, social work, justice, legal, research, and clinical settings. This will foster spaces for students to translate knowledge and competencies from the classroom and land-based activities into practice, especially as seen through the twelve social determinants of health.

Minimum requirements for practicums

  • 16-week practicums are required to be completed at an Indigenous organization, site, or department.

For More Information

Student Placement Policies at the University of Toronto

About the MPH-IH Program

Frequently Asked Questions

Application and Hiring Process

What is the process for recruiting a practicum placement?

To recruit an MPH-IH practicum student, preceptors must first contact the Program Coordinator at mphih.dlsph@utoronto.ca to express their interest. Preceptors will receive an informational package and have the opportunity to ask any questions. Preceptors will then submit an MPH-IH Practicum Posting Form to the Program Coordinator by the suggested deadline. Postings will be shared in the internal MPH-IH Practicum Database on an ongoing basis. Students will apply while following the application process described in the posting. Once a student confirms their practicum, they will notify the Program Coordinator.

*NEW*: Starting in Fall 2022, we will be recruiting 16-week practicums for 1st Year students and 12-week practicums for 2nd Year students.

What should I know before recruiting a practicum student?

The hiring process for a practicum student may vary. Key considerations include:

  • Will it be a paid practicum?
  • Will there be accommodations for housing or travel?
  • Is there workplace insurance coverage?
  • What activities will the student work on?

What is the recommended pay for practicum students?

The recommended stipend is $18 – $20/hour or around $10,000-$12,000 for a 16-week practicum.

The recommended stipend is $18 – $20/hour or around $7500 – 8400 for a 12-week practicum.

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. We recognize that not all agencies are able to pay students, but anything that you can offer would be greatly appreciated. In the past, agencies were able to offer a stipend anywhere from $6,000 to $12,000.

If you would like to offer an unpaid practicum or one with a stipend, an organization-level student placement agreement should be in place before a student can begin. Please contact the Program Coordinator at least 1-2 months before the student’s start date to begin to placement agreement process.

What is the process for unpaid practicums?

Additional documentation is required for unpaid practicums. A Placement Agreement must be in place before the student’s start date. This agreement between the University and placement employers is necessary to provide both the University and its students, as well as the placement site, with clear expectations of rights and responsibilities while a student is engaged in unpaid work with a placement site as a condition of their academic program.

A Letter to Placement must be signed, which informs the placement site of how students are covered by workplace insurance and confirms their responsibilities to create a safe working environment, and inform the University of any workplace accident or injury.

A Student Declaration must also be signed. The letter demonstrated the student’s understanding of their responsibilities and confirm that their personal information will be disclosed to the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU) and WSIB or Chubb.

For more information, please visit the Office of Vice-Provost, Students.

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

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

During the Practicum

What are the MPH-IH Core Competencies?

The MPH-Indigenous Health field is guided by the following set of core competencies, derived from a synthesis of the literature on competencies in Indigenous health from around the world. One of the most important core competencies for students and practitioners in Indigenous health is to demonstrate Indigenous self-determination and sovereignty by fostering space for Indigenous peoples, leaders, groups, organizations, and nations to take the lead in health policy and programming for Indigenous health and well-being using a trauma-informed lens.

Cultural Safety

  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of Indigenous health in a historical context and analyse the impact of colonial process on Indigenous health and well-being outcomes;
  • Integrate culturally safe practices into all Indigenous public health policies and/or programs;
  • Demonstrate a reflexive public health practice in Indigenous health contexts;
  • Engage in trauma-informed communication, policy, and practice when working with Indigenous people, communities, groups, organizations, or leaders.

Theories & Methods

  • Analyse key comparative health indicators for Indigenous people through a specific First Nations, Métis or Inuit lens;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of range of theories involved in Indigenous health, public health practice and health promotion with an emphasis on Indigenous-led/created theories;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the social, cultural, political, environmental, spiritual and economic conditions and structures that are interconnected and influence the lives of First Nations, Métis and Inuit people in Canada and Indigenous people globally;
  • Apply Indigenous values and principles in the context of roles and responsibilities of working with Indigenous peoples and organizations.

Needs Assessment

  • Identify behavioural, social, environmental, organizational, cultural, spiritual, emotional and political factors that promote or compromise Indigenous peoples’ health and well-being;
  • Use community-based or community-led participatory methods with Indigenous peoples as part of the assessment process;
  • Integrate cultural safe practices and ethically appropriate assessment approaches;
  • Critically collect, review and appraise data, information and literature with an Indigenous lens to inform action (i.e., policy, program, services);
  • Work collaboratively with First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, groups and/or organizations to identify strengths, assets, needs, and existing resources and assist with action-based research or activities.

Program Planning and Implementation

  • Describe a range of Indigenous interventions and strategies available to address public health issues;
  • Use current literature, models, theories, and systematic approaches for planning health promotion or well-being action at individual, community, nation, and societal levels;
  • In collaboration with Indigenous peoples, communities or organizations, develop, pilot and use appropriate resources and materials;
  • Monitor the cultural sensitivity and viability of the implementation process in relation to Indigenous goals and objectives

Research and Evaluation

  • Build relationships with First Nations, Métis and/or Inuit partners, communities, or organizations for participatory action approaches to evaluation and research;
  • Identify and analyse key indicators related to Health Canada’s social determinants of health as well as the Indigenous social determinants of health;
  • Use Indigenous statistics, health surveys and epidemiological data in evaluation and research, where possible;
  • Conduct both process and outcome evaluations of interventions with Indigenous people using appropriate indicators within available resources.

Health Education & Communication

  • Communicate, through a variety of mediums, the health status, demographic, statistical, programmatic and scientific information agreed upon with Indigenous peoples or stakeholders;
  • In collaboration and partnership with Indigenous peoples, prepare and present information, resources and materials that are appropriate, sensitive and tailored to community characteristics and are strengths-based (when possible).

Community Development

  • Use culturally safe interpersonal communication and group-work skills to facilitate individuals, groups, communities and organizations in efforts to act on health issues;
  • Nurture relationships with Indigenous people, leaders, organizations, nations, and groups to ensure that actions are Indigenous-led and created;
  • Engage in dialogue with Indigenous people, leaders, organizations, nations and groups based on trust, honesty, humility, and respect.

Partnerships and Collaboration

  • Establish and nurture linkages with Indigenous people, leaders, organizations, nations and groups;
  • Understand Indigenous leadership, team building, negotiation and conflict resolution skills required to build community and stimulate collaboration on health and well-being issues;
  • Engage First Nations, Métis, Inuit or other Indigenous peoples in decision-making in all levels related to Indigenous health and well-being.

Policy Development and Advocacy

  • Describe the health, economic, administrative, legal, social, and political implications of policy options in a Canadian and international context;
  • Write clear and concise policy statements with an Indigenous lens/frame;
  • Understand the requirements for advocacy of Indigenous policy change at local, community, organizational, national and international levels;
  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct socio-political analysis of health and social issues using an Indigenous lens and being aware of Indigenous worldviews of interconnectedness and wholism.

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

  • Learning Framework Contract – This outlines the expectations and responsibilities during the practicum.
  • Supervisor Midterm Evaluations – This is completed at the midpoint of the practicum.
  • Supervisor Final Evaluations – This is completed near the end of the practicum.

The Program Coordinator will contact preceptors with the forms at the beginning, middle, and near the end of each practicum.