MPH Practice-Based Learning
Practice-Based Learning includes a variety of avenues with one common goal—to immerse
you in hands-on public health practice experiences outside the classroom. This is
where your academic preparation meets with public health practice to enhance your
overall learning process.
Master of Public Health students are required to complete a Practicum and Culminating
Experience as part of their Practice-Based Learning. Following the completion of the
Culminating Experience, students will present their project.
The TTUHSC MPH Program is committed to providing students with practical experience
in public health settings. The MPH practicum experience is intended to support student
growth, both personally and professionally while connecting and contributing to community
needs. The experience is intended to provide students an opportunity to develop professional
skills by leading a project in a public health setting that contributes to an unmet
need of the host site.
The Culminating Experience includes a capstone project or research thesis and class
work that builds presentation skills and requires reflection on competencies acquired
throughout the MPH program.
Goal: The goal of the Culminating Experience for MPH students is to connect all aspects
of the curriculum, including seminars, lectures, course work, independent studies,
projects and direct experiences to establish an understanding, appreciation and working
knowledge of public health practice and, specifically, how their chosen areas of concentration
enhance public health practice in Texas, the nation and the world.
Rationale: Students may see courses or other structured learning opportunities conducted in
the confines of a specific syllabus and a short dedicated time frame as independent
sessions and may store away the skill sets acquired during these structured sessions
only to use them again under limited circumstances. However, it is the intent of the
MPH program that each course and skill set be presented and practiced to complement
and enhance others and, consequently, not stand alone. Individual courses are necessary
to establish basic knowledge and skills in small enough bites that they can be absorbed
and practiced, often in isolation. While the practicum provides an opportunity to
observe the broad spectrum of public health knowledge and skills in practice, the
Culminating Experience provides the opportunity for the student to link the theory,
philosophy and knowledge from courses with real-life observations from the practicum
to develop a program, policy or other concrete product relevant to public health in
the student's area of interest and future practice.