Practice-Based Experience

Central to every profession is its practice, and the School of Public Health offers students hands-on learning opportunities in diverse settings. We have a long history of collaborating with agencies and organizations at the local, state, national and international level.

All MPH students are required to complete a minimum of 180 contact hours in a practice-based experience with a public-health related agency or organization, supervised by an approved preceptor.  This experience is an opportunity for students to explore public health careers, clarify their professional goals, and develop contacts for employment (networking). It allows them to apply their academic knowledge to situations, projects or tasks in the “real world” and make meaningful contributions to the agency or organization. The preceptor provides a professional role model; their practice experience and mentoring is vitally important to a successful student field rotation.

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Audra L. Hamrick, MA, NCC, LPC
West Virginia University
Director of Public Health Practice and Service Learning, Academic & Student Affairs