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New Department Addresses
Health Behavior
Health Services Management
Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health

Student Practicum

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Michelle Lineberry, MA
Assistant Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs
Suite 118B, 111 Washington Avenue
Lexington, KY 40536-0003
Phone: 859-218-2017
Fax: 859-257-5624


  • M.P.H. Field Practicum
  • Dr.P.H. Field Practicum
  • Preceptors

MPH students Brittany Lucas and Lekendra Leandre and Dr.P.H. student Alex Howard discussed practicum opportunities with Anderson County Public Health director (and UKCPH alumnus) Brandon Hurley at a practicum fair in January.

The purpose of the field practicum is to provide the student with the opportunity and experience of applying theory and principles learned in the classroom to work situations. It also affords the opportunity for the student to become acquainted with the activities of private companies, public agencies, and community groups (organizations) commonly engaged in occupational, public health or environmental health practice.

Before you begin...

  • Pick a concentration!
  • Complete @ least 20 credit hours, including 4 core courses
  • Begin planning your experience early. If you want to utilize a federal opportunity for a practicum experience, these applications are often due by late December-early January.
  • Register for the practicum thru Ms. Laverne Carter! You cannot register yourself for this course!


Field Practicum Past Sites and Other Related Links more....

Field Practicum candidates please do not contact these sites on your own. Contacts and arrangements are to be made ONLY by the Office of Practice and Service.

Practicum Hyperlinks
Past Practicum Sites
  • AARP Internships (Nat’l HQ-Washington)
  • AHEC
  • American Heart Association
  • Bluegrass Care Clinic
  • Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center
  • Cooperative Managed Care Services
  • Eisenhower Army Medical Center
  • Hospice of the Bluegrass
  • Jessamine County Health Department
  • Kentucky Cancer Registry
  • Kentucky Domestic Violence Association
  • Kentucky Injury Prevention Research Center (KIPRC)
  • Kentucky Youth Advocates
  • KY Cabinet for Health & Family Services
  • KY Department for Public Health
  • KY Regional Poison Control Center
  • Lake Cumberland Health Department
  • Lexington-Fayette County Health Department
  • Louisville Metro Health Department
  • Madison County Health Department
  • Montgomery County Health Department
  • Northern Illinois Public Health Consortium
  • Northern KY Independent District Health Department
  • Preak Thom, Cambodia
  • Public Health Reports
  • Quito, Ecuador
  • Sanders Brown Center on Aging
  • Toyota Motor Mfg.
  • UK Center for Gerontology
  • UK College of Medicine
  • UK College of Nursing
  • UK Dental Mobile Van-Family Care Center
  • UK Dept. of Anatomy & Neurobiology
  • UK Dept. of Environmental & Emergency Management
  • UK Division of Dental Public Health
  • UK Division of Nephrology, Bone & Mineral Metabolism
  • UK Markey Cancer Control Program
  • Western District Health Department; Victoria, Australia
  • Woodford County Health Department

The purpose of the field requirement is to encourage exposure to professional public health practice and the application of didactic knowledge and problem solving in the field. The two doctoral field experiences are required of all students regardless of prior work experience. Doctoral Field Experience I (two hours) will be an introductory one semester, experience for a total of 120 contact hours. Doctoral Field Experience II (four hours) will be an advanced one semester experience for a total of 240 hours. The field experience time periods are set as minimum expectations; it is assumed that some students will elect to expand their field work activities. The experience may complement prior work experience, but students will normally be placed in public health settings doing work other than that which they are employed to do. It is possible to complete a work experience in the student's current work place; however, it must be different activity than employment. Placements will be coordinated with the UKCPH Practicum Director in a variety of settings including local health departments, the Kentucky Department for Public Health, the federal government and other public health settings.