Bachelor of Science in Public Health
Department of Family Medicine and Public Health

Advanced Practicum

Overview:The goal of BSPH Advanced Practicum program is to provide students with a yearlong intensive applied public health experience. Through a mix of coursework and experiential learning opportunities, students will work individually or in small groups to apply public health principles to real-world settings. Students will work closely with faculty, other BSPH students, and practicum sites in the planning, implementing, evaluation, and/or dissemination of public health programs and research on pressing public health topics.

Eligibility: In order to participate all students must have:

  • Successfully completed FPMU 40, 50, 101 OR 102, and 110
  • A cumulative GPA 3.0 or higher
  • Submit the Advanced Practicum application by the deadline
  • Complete an in-person interview
  • Complete liability waiver and all necessary paperwork or testing as identified by the assigned practicum site
  • Commit to the full 12-unit course series over the academic year, which includes:
    • 4 units FMPH 180A (Fall)
    • 4 units FMPH 180B (Winter) at a pre-approved practicum site
    • 4 units FMPH 180C (Spring)

Previous and Present Advanced Practicum Sites Include:

Alzheimer’s Association Changing the lives of people with dementia
Public Health Services and Health & Human Services Health policy, public health programming, and community engagement
County Health Department Health and wellness programs, health policy
Scripps Family Medicine/SD Border Area Health Education Center Maternal and child health, nutrition and physical activity, adolescent health, healthy aging
Hazel Goes Cook Elementary Nutrition education for elementary school students
Health Frontiers in Tijuana Student-Run Free Clinic (HFIT) Healthcare and mental health services for the underserved in Tijuana
Coastal Roots Farm Biodynamic farming, food security, and environmental education
Linda Vista Health Fair Preventive screening and health promotion/education
Preuss School Health promotion programs for Preuss students and families
Student Health Services Alcohol Environmental Scan of Campus Establishments Licensed to Sell Alcohol

Applying: We are now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 Advanced Practicum Program. Applications must be completed by February 28th at 11:59pm and can be found at the following link:

More detailed descriptions of each of the sites and the Advanced Practicum program are available in the Advanced Practicum Placement Guide.

More information about the BSPH Practicum Program and a copy of the application can be found in the Advanced Practicum Handbook.

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