Practicums are offered through the FIU Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work serve to augment formal classroom instruction with hands-on experience necessary for students to become effective public health, social work or dietetics practitioners. They are temporary positions (usually completed over one or two semesters) with an emphasis on the attainment of public health competencies and professional development.


Master of Public Health (MPH) candidates complete the degree with one of the following specializations: Biostatistics, Environmental and Occupational Health, Epidemiology, Health Policy and Management, or Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. MPH students must satisfy a minimum requirement of 200 hours of field experience in a Public Health setting prior to graduation. Settings for practicums vary considerably and may include (but are not limited to) public health departments, government agencies, hospitals/clinics, wellness centers, non-profit and community organizations, for-profit agencies, universities, and other research institutions.

  • Preceptors shall have a master’s or doctoral level degree in a discipline related to public health practice. Preceptors are expected to:
    • Determine the student’s educational objectives (in consultation with the Practicum Coordinator)
    • Provide professional guidance, supervision and ongoing feedback to the student
    • Monitor progress of the student’s activities/tasks
    • Communicate with the Practicum Coordinator as needed
    • Review and evaluate the student’s projects
  • Typical intern duties include disease etiology research, assessment of health status, health promotion programming design, implementation and evaluation, healthcare management, and advocacy and policy assessment/development.

For more information, contact Florence Greer, MPH, MPA, Practicum Coordinator at (305) 348-4544 or . Visit our website at: