The Master of Public Health Practicum is a 12 week supervised experience performed in community health agencies within Canada, or around the world.

The practicum gives students the opportunity to apply their coursework in the field, and further develop their skills in community health practice. While the activities performed vary depending on the practicum, they will include participation in agency programs, attending meetings presenting the practicum project to the supervising agency and submitting a final report for approval by the field supervisor and practicum director.

Practica generally take place in Canada but with permission from the Practicum Director, students can undertake their practicum in international locations. Appropriate settings include public health units in Regional Health Authorities in Canada, provincial government branches such as the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Labour (e.g. Worksafe BC), federal agencies such as the Public Health Agency of Canada, the First Nations Health Authority, or public health research settings, such as the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS and the Contraception Access Research Team.

Agencies interested in hosting one of our students for a practicum should contact our office at

Check out the four awardees for their outstanding presentation and their work at the Practicum Showcase

  • Information for Supervisors

    Find the required forms to start and complete your practicum.

  • Internal Site

    Internal Site

    Access the MPH Practicum internal site, which contains placement opportunities, useful information and more.
  • Placements

    Previous Placements

    Read about MPH students’ previous placements, including Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Nations and Soweto, South Africa.