The Practicum in Public Health (PUBH 889), hereafter known as "Practicum", is a required course in the MPH program.
It comprises of two(2) components:
- Course-based activities (experiential learning within core and program-required courses) Students will be required to upload to E-Value the finished product(s) for each of their course-based activities (instructions will come from individual courses).
- 120-hours internship completed outside of school term: A planned, supervised and evaluated field-based exercise, to be conducted at a Public Health related organization, agency, department or community based organization.
As with all other MPH courses, students are required to register for Practicum/APEX to ensure it is properly logged in their course listing for the following term.
The Practicum is designed with the student in mind, starting from its seamless integration into coursework, followed by an on-site real world internship experience of 120 hours, which is student driven and facilitated by the Practicum Coordinators. For the 120-hour internship, the student, along with their site supervisor, will plan and identify activities/tasks and MPH Competencies to be fulfilled whilst on site. This must be approved by the practicum coordinator prior to commencing the internship.
In planning the internship, it is recommended that students begin their search for an appropriate site, whether in Grenada, the wider Caribbean, the United States, or elsewhere in the world, as early as possible to mitigate any unforeseen challenges which could impact their MPH completion date.