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Master of Public Health Practicum

You need to submit your practicum application in Meditrek one full quarter in advance of starting PUBH 6638.

It can take at least a full quarter to secure a preceptor and site. Start early. You must have an approved application on file to be registered for the practicum course. 


If there are any changes to your preceptor or practicum site after you have submitted your practicum application or your application has been approved, contact the Field Education Coordinator at to get it adjusted and reevaluated for approval.

Determine Your Application Deadline

You must submit your practicum application one full quarter before beginning PUBH 6638. 

Applying for practicum can be a lengthy process. We recommend you learn your practicum requirements at the beginning of your program. This can help remedy any problems that may arise before your application is due. 

Deadlines are critical. Failure to submit your practicum application by the deadline may result in a delay to the next quarter and a delay in your graduation date.

Application Deadlines

Spring Quarter: February 28, 2022

Application Deadline: November 29, 2021

Summer Quarter: May 30, 2022

Application Deadline: February 28, 2022

Fall Quarter: August 29, 2022

Application Deadline: May 30, 2022

Learn What You Need to Submit Your Application

Submit Your Practicum Application

Check Your Application Status

The Field Education Coordinator and Practicum Director will process your application documents. You will be notified if changes are needed.

If your application is denied, you will be contacted with next steps.

When your application is approved a "Practicum Approval Notice" will be sent to you and your preceptor with more information.

You can see both the current overall status of your practicum application and each individual section in Meditrek. The status is live and accurate. Checking Meditrek is the fastest way to find our your application status. 

To review the status of the individual sections of your application:

  • Click on the Practicum Application button in Meditrek
  • Click on the application that you would like to review
  • Next to each section you will see if it has been approved, denied, or not yet reviewed

To review the status of your overall application:

  • Click on the Practicum Application button in Meditrek
  • Find the application you want, select the correct application
  • Look in the last column "status" to find the overall status for the application
  • Refer to the legend in Meditrek for status definitions

Confirm Your Practicum Course Registration

You will be registered by the Field Education Coordinator approximately 4 weeks before the term start. You must meet these requirements:

  • Your application in Meditrek must be in "approved" status before you will be registered
  • You must be in good academic standing, including a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • You must have completed all pre-requisite courses

It is important to note:

  • You can take PUBH 6245 (Applied Research) with PUBH 6638. Otherwise, PUBH 6638 will need to be taken on its own
  • The two practicum courses (PUBH 6638 and PUBH 6639) cannot be taken together
  • You will finish the program when you complete PUBH 6639 and PUBH 6640 (Final Seminar). Note: you take these together.

Complete Your Learning Agreement

  • You will receive the Learning Agreement along with a due date once your application has been approved
  • You must work on this document with your approved preceptor
  • Send completed Learning Agreement to the Field Education Coordinator at 
  • The MPH Practicum Director will review and provide feedback and/or approval
  • You will be contacted via Walden email if you need to revise your Learning Agreement or if it is approved