Walden’s Master of Public Health (MPH) program is designed to provide public health practitioners with the specialized skills and core competencies required to improve health and prevent disease among individuals, communities, and populations. Students gain a solid foundation in core public health disciplines, including biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, public health administration, and social and behavioral sciences. Students learn to plan, implement, and evaluate public health programs and initiatives with a special focus on reducing disparities in health and serving underserved populations or communities. Students also receive additional instruction in widely used analytical tools, explore current issues in public health financing, and hone their leadership and communication skills.
Students enrolled in the MPH program must log a total of 200 hours. These hours are logged over the course of two terms (i.e., 22 weeks), while participating in PUBH 6638 and 6639.
No. PUBH 6638 is a prerequisite for PUBH 6639. There are no exceptions to this requirement.
Yes. However, students are still required to be registered for and participate in PUBH 6639 the following quarter.
Students usually do not have any problems accumulating their hours in the allotted time frame. If there is concern over this, they should contact their practicum faculty member and the field education coordinator immediately.
Yes. Students must log in to PUBH 6638 and 6639 in the same manner as they have done in other courses. The format is similar to previous courses in the program. Students post discussions and submit assignments on a weekly basis.
Students may be registered for the first practicum course once they have:
Students must be in good academic standing (GPA of 3.0 or higher) to begin the practicum experience. If students are unsure of their academic standing, they should contact their student success advisor. Students must begin logging hours within the first week of the practicum course. Students may start logging practicum hours on the first day of the course provided that they have received a practicum approval notice from the field education coordinator and their preceptor approves.
No. Practicum hours must be completed while students are enrolled in the practicum courses, PUBH 6638 and 6639. Students cannot log hours during the break between 6638 and 6639.
No. Students must wait until the first day of the practicum course to begin their practicum activities. Any hours accumulated prior to that date are not accepted.
Students do not receive any books for PUBH 6638 and 6639. They use materials acquired in previous courses.
It is highly recommended that students submit the practicum application two quarters in advance. The practicum application is required to be submitted at least one quarter (11 weeks) prior to the desired practicum start. For example, if students wish to begin the practicum in the fall, their application must be submitted by the first day of the summer quarter. Late applications cannot be accepted. For an extension, special approval is needed by the field education coordinator and the practicum director. Late applications will result in the practicum being delayed to the following quarter.
The Meditrek® system will prompt students to provide information such as their Walden student
ID number, Walden e-mail address, and contact information for the site administrator and preceptor. Students will be asked to upload the following documents:
Students applying to do their practicum at their place of employment must also include:
Note: Students are responsible for uploading all documents in Meditrek® to complete their application.
Yes. All Walden students beginning a practicum are required to purchase professional liability insurance, even if the field site provides coverage for them. For students completing the practicum at their workplace, because they are there as Walden students, not as employees, they are not covered as employees by the site while logging practicum hours.
Walden does not endorse a particular insurance provider. Students typically obtain professional liability insurance coverage through companies such as Healthcare Providers Service Organization (HPSO), Marsh, MedPro, or CPH & Associates.
The Field Site Affiliation Agreement must be signed by a field site administrator who has the authority to sign legal agreements. Large organizations might have an on-site legal department that reviews such agreements and have an attorney sign them. Note: The field education coordinator will assist in obtaining this document from the field site. Students need to enter the correct contact information into Meditrek® to prevent delays.
Although Walden University’s School of Health Sciences does not compensate preceptors financially for preceptorships, preceptors are provided with the following benefits:
After students submit their application documents using Meditrek®, they can expect the following to occur:
No. The field education coordinator registers students for the practicum course once all documents are on file and approved. Students are not automatically registered or able to register themselves. They also cannot be registered for their practicum by their student success advisor or Enrollment Specialist.
No. The practicum must be completed at a physical professional site. It cannot be virtual or home-based.
No. Students may complete their practicum anywhere in the world, but they must still go through the formal application and approval process. For additional information regarding international placements, students should contact the field education coordinator.
The products are anything students physically create during the practicum, such as a presentation, manual, or brochure. Only tangible items should be listed in this section. The products created are evaluated at the end of the practicum experience.
The final project for the practicum is an electronic portfolio, including the following:
This portfolio is due at the end of PUBH 6639. The other main assignment due at the end of the practicum is a final paper, including a literature review, a section on social change, and a reflection of experiences at the field site. There is no thesis requirement associated with the practicum.