Field Placement and Culminating Experience

Field Placement, MPHP 698

The field placement is a graduate-level, 200-hour practicum that immerses the student in one or more aspects of public health under the guidance of a site preceptor. This 3-credit practicum is a planned, supervised, and evaluated experience that provides the student with an opportunity to apply the public health concepts and practices learned in the classroom in a professional public health environment.

Students must complete the pre-requisite courses in order to begin their Field Placement. This is a required course of the CNYMPH Program and cannot be waived. Students with previous or current public health experience are encouraged to focus on an area outside their regular work duties.

The Field Placement may include, but is not limited to: community health education, health promotion, program planning, public policy development, program management, etc. Here are a few examples of assignments/projects in which our students have participated:

Examples of Field Placement assignments

*Note: Students may use their Field Placement experience to plan a public health project for their Culminating Experience (see below), but these must be treated as two distinct courses.

Culminating Experience, MPHP 699

The Culminating Experience is also a requirement for graduation for all students in the CNYMPH Program and must be taken in the student's final semester of study. The Culminating Experience includes completion of:

  1. A Capstone project, and
  2. A written product, and
  3. Oral presentation

Designed to synthesize and integrate all of the public health theory, knowledge and skills gained throughout the CNYMPH Program curriculum, this requirement will be used as a means by which faculty judge whether the student has mastered proficiency in the required public health competencies.

Examples of Capstone Projects

  • Exploring the Reasons for Choosing a Public STD Clinic
  • Syracuse University Wellness Task Force: Health Risk Appraisal
  • Health Disparity in Stroke Care
  • An Examination of Low Birthweight within Syracuse Healthy Start: A retrospective research project aimed at identifying potential risk factors.