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Public Health Practice

Gain real-world experience through a range of practical learning experiences

We are committed to public health practice, maintaining strong connections with community, government, and health care organizations in the region and across the globe.

In particular, we are dedicated to improving the conditions in which people live right here in the Philadelphia region. This philosophy translates into doing real, collaborative work with external partners that produces tangible results and is integrated into the School's academic, research, and service activities.

Student Practical Experiences

We offer students a range of practical learning experiences during their time at Dornsife.

Applied Practical Experiences

Students in the MPH program complete a 120-hour practicum at an organization of their choice, in addition to monthly service activities, gaining important real-world experience.

Learn more about Applied Practical Experiences

Integrative Learning Experience

MPH students complete an Integrative Learning Experience throughout their second year either with an external organization via an internship or project or in a collaborative project with a faculty member.

Learn more about Integrative Learning Experiences

Global Field Practice Experience

A Global Field Practice Experience offers MPH students the opportunity to apply theory and principles of professional practice in global health and international development, that can potentially culminate in a Integrated Learning Experience project proposal.

Learn more about Global Field Practice Experiences

Full-Time MPH Preceptor Guidelines

Our preceptors come from all sectors of public health, providing exposure to a variety of skills and tasks relevant to students’ future careers.

Download the Preceptor Guidelines (PDF)

Workforce Development

The Center for Public Health Practice (CPHP) is part of the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health. The goal of the Center is to translate knowledge into practice by creating a bridge between academia and the public health workforce. This both assists faculty in the dissemination of their work and responds to the needs of the public health community.

The CPHP brings the resources of the School to public health practitioners and engages public health organizations, healthcare organizations, and academia in meaningful and sustained partnerships to address health in cities and improve the health of our communities. CPHP achieves this through training and technical assistance, conducting needs assessments, and preparing for accreditation.  

The CPHP is the home of the federally-funded Mid-Atlantic Regional Public Health Training Center, a collaborative project with the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health to increase the technical skills of the public health and health care workforce.

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