A public health practicum is the opportunity to apply your classroom experience in a work setting. It is required for all students in professional master’s programs (MPH, MSPH, MPH&TM), including those with prior work experience. The practicum may be done in a variety of settings outside of the university, and it may align with future career goals.
The practicum is:
Visit Inside SPHTM, which is the school's intranet, to download the Practicum Handbook and access Terra Dotta. You must use your single sign-on login credentials.
Terra Dotta is a student-centric system that tracks progress through the practicum, minimizes external forms, automates approvals, and compiles documents and student work products.
Access Terra Dotta using your Tulane e-mail username and password. See detailed directions in Appendix II of the practicum handbook. Both Terra Dotta and the Practicum Handbook can be accessed at Inside SPHTM.
Student testimonial about importance of practicum in their educational experience:
My practicum experience gave me invaluable, hands-on public health experience that helped to shape my career. I had an interest in violence prevention and knew that I wanted to work at the local level, so I reached out to the New Orleans Health Department to arrange a practicum. I wound up shaping the department’s emerging program to address violence as a public health issue, wrote grant proposals, and learned first-hand from brilliant public health leaders. My practicum experience helped me to develop content expertise and on-the-job skills needed by the local health department. At the end of the summer, I was hired on for a full-time position with the New Orleans Health Department, where I have worked for 4+ years. This isn’t a typical practicum experience – not all internships turn into jobs – but my experience shows how the practicum can serve as on-ramp for future career opportunities in public health.
Chris Gunther (MPH EPID 2013)