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Community Based Learning

community-based learning

The Dornsife School of Public Health believes in practice learning designed to integrate public health academic studies with public health practice skills. The MPH and MD/MPH programs engage in two formal practice opportunities – the First Year Practicum and the second year Community-Based Master’s Project (also known as CBMP). A brief overview is provided below. 

  • The First Year Practicum has a 120-hour requirement and must be completed between January 1 and September 10, 2016. Practicum projects may or may not have a specific deliverable for the site, but all students write a paper reflecting on their experience and detailing how the project helped them meet core competencies of the MPH program.
  • The second year Community-Based Master’s Project (CBMP) program begins in October and continues through June of the following year, during which time most second year students are expected to spend 1 to 1.5 days working on-site, depending on the nature of the project. Students deliver a product to the host organization and present a poster in addition to submitting a final paper. It is possible to make the CBMP a continuation of the practicum experience.
  • The Director of Student Placement and Partnership Development is the point of contact for student practice learning opportunities and can be reached at 267.359.6075 or
  • More details can be found on the First Year Practicum and CBMP pages.