Michelle Lineberry, MA
Assistant Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs
Suite 118B, 111 Washington Avenue
Lexington, KY 40536-0003
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.
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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.
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.
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