Practice-based learning combines the current and innovative educational curriculum of the school’s academic degree programs with real world experiences. Colorado School of Public Health students apply classroom lessons in the context of solving current public health issues facing our communities. Throughout the program, students network with potential employers, develop essential career-building skills, and start the process of life-long learning and professional development.

Master of Public Health students are required to complete a practicum and a capstone project as part of their Practice-Based Learning. Students may complete their practicum and capstone project with the same organization or individual or with a different organization or individual. The practicum and capstone can be completed anywhere in the world. The practicum should be completed before the capstone, or they can be completed concurrently. Following the completion of the capstone experience, students give professional oral and poster presentations at the Public Health Forum, held each semester.

Kendra Bigsby is the lead contact for practicum coordination for the Colorado School of Public Health at Colorado State University.

Students should contact their assigned faculty advisor with any questions regarding their capstone project.