MPH Practicum

MPH Practicum

MPH students complete one practicum, typically during the summer between their first and second year.

In practicum, you will translate the theories and skills learned in the classroom into real-world practice. Our students emerge with a host of meaningful experiences bringing positive change where it’s most needed, and have broadened the soft skills that make for strong teammates and leaders. The issues you’ll engage in—as well as the personal connections you’ll make—will serve you throughout your career. With over 400 diverse community partner organizations, you will find a practicum site whose mission aligns with your passion.

At the Brown School, students have the unique opportunity to select their own practicum site. This self-directed process offers tremendous options and flexibility—our students complete practica locally, nationally and globally. Our Office of Field Education wants every student to have the support they need to make a well-informed selection. The Foundations of Field course (taught during your first semester) as well as interactions with field faculty advisors will help you navigate the entire process, from determining your field work goals, to designating sites, to serving as a sounding board for questions that come up during your practicum experience.

In recent years, MPH students have completed practica in organizations such as:


  • Washington University School of Medicine
  • BJC
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Cancer Epidemiology Education in Special Populations (CEESP) Program – City University of New York


  • CVS Health
  • City of St. Louis Department of Health
  • Brown School Prevention Research Center
  • Independence Center

Mental and Behavioral Health

  • Behavioral Health Network of Greater St. Louis
  • Centerstone
  • Parents as Teachers National Center
  • Perinatal Behavioral Health Service

Global Health

  • International Center for Child Health and Development (ICHAD) at the Brown School 
  • Maji Safi Group – Tanzania
  • Vitendo4Africa
  • E3 Nutrition Lab (Dr. Lora Iannotti)

Health Policy Analysis

  • Centene Corporation
  • Health Capital Consultants
  • St. Louis Food Bank

Urban Design

  • America Walks
  • City of St. Louis Community Mobility Committee
  • Trailnet

For many, fieldwork builds an exciting bridge between coursework and practice. Our faculty offer many pathways to integrate fieldwork into curriculum, providing opportunities for evaluation and research projects that use your practicum site as your subject.

If you’re interested in an international practicum, read more about our Global Opportunities.