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Practicum & Capstone

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. 

Practice-based learning opportunities (volunteer, practicum, capstone, independent study etc.) will be posted on ColoradoSPH Connect. In order to apply for these opportunities, you must create a ColoradoSPH Connect account​

Master of Public Health students are required to complete a Practicum and a Capstone experience as part of the Practice-Based Learning program. The Practicum allows students to experience 120+ hours of public health field work. The Capstone is an independent project that provides a deliverable back to the host agency. Following the completion of the Capstone Experience, students will present a poster and oral presentation at the Public Health Forum​ held each semester.


 Practicum & Capstone Information

MPH Practicum

The Colorado School of Public Health 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. 

Students must complete the following to be eligible for the MPH Practicum course:

  • 18+ credits
  • Foundations in Public Health
  • At least 3 core courses with a B- or better
  • For those traveling abroad for practicum, 1 credit EHOH 6633 International Travel and Health course is required

 Identify Practicum Opportunities:

  • Visit  
  • Faculty advisor and Course Instructors
  • Practice-Based Learning team
  • Student Referrals
  • Community/state/national internship resources

To receive a code to register for PUBH 6606:

  • Identify a host site and community preceptor
  • With your preceptor, identify a master level project to complete in a minimum of 120 hours
  • Complete the Practicum Proposal documentation packet 
  • Submit complete proposals to
Deadlines for 2018 Fall MPH Practicum

  • Domestic/US Practicum experiences – August 20, 2018
  • Domestic/US Practicum experiences that will begin over Winter Break – December 3, 2018
  • International experiences over Winter Break/Spring - October 18, 2018

Deadlines for 2019 Spring MPH Practicum

  • Domestic/US practicum experiences – January 7, 2019

  • International experiences - Submit a draft no later than November 19, 2018

Deadlines for 2019 Summer MPH Practicum

  • Domestic/US practicum experiences – May 13, 2019

  • International experiences - Submit a draft no later than March 18, 2018

Campus Contacts:

Starting Fall 2017, the MPH Capstone at the Anschutz Campus will be presented in a two-semester sequence. Please click here to learn about the new format.

Capstone Experience

The Capstone experience includes a Capstone project or research paper, class work that builds presentation skills and requires reflection on competencies acquired throughout the MPH program, and oral and poster presentations at the Public Health Forum.

Goal:  The goal of the Capstone 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 Colorado, 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 Capstone project 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. 

To learn more about the Capstone Experience, download the Capstone Experience Guidelines.


Sample Capstone Abstracts

Summer 2013 

Spring 2013

Fall 2013​​​

Are you interested in being a mentor for ColoradoSPH MPH students? Please see information below on the process for being an MPH Practicum or Capstone Preceptor. For more information email​

Colorado School of Public Health

13001 E. 17th Place
Mail Stop B119
Aurora, CO 80045


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