Graduate Study

MPH Practicum

NUTR 595 -Nutritional Sciences Master’s Practicum
Credit/no-credit only. Offered: AWSpS.

MPH-Nutrition students complete a 6-credit (240 hour) practicum project. The practicum is a planned, supervised, and evaluated field-based experience under the guidance of a site supervisor within a public health organization. View past MPH-Nutrition practicum project posters.


  • MPH-Nutrition students will attend the MPH-Nutrition Practicum Session annually during autumn quarter; MPH-Nutrition students do not need to attend the SPH practicum orientation held by Janice North.
  • Students may begin the practicum after completing the first year of coursework.
  • A practicum can be completed during a single quarter or spread over multiple quarters; GCPD students complete the practicum during the practice experience (year 2 internship).
  • Anne Lund, MPH, RDN, FAND, the NSP practicum adviser will meet with each MPH-Nutrition student to identifying potential practicum sites the quarter before they plan to begin the practicum.
    • Students planning to start their practicum during the summer between years 1 & 2 should arrange this meeting during spring quarter.
    • MPH GCPD student meetings will be early autumn quarter of year 2 to discuss practicum placements.
  • Students must submit a signed MPH Practicum Contract and ensure an educational Affiliation Agreement is in place between the SPH and their site before starting the practicum.
  • Students who completed practicum rotations during the previous academic year will present at the MPH-Nutrition Practicum Session during autumn quarter.

Project Requirements

  • Anne Lund, MPH, RDN, FAND, the NSP practicum adviser will assist MPH-Nutrition students in identifying potential practicum sites.
  • To streamline our conversations with community partners, students are asked not to contact sites before meeting with the practicum adviser.
  • The practicum provides students an opportunity to see how nutrition concepts are applied in a public health setting and/or via public health policy.
  • Students are encouraged to select an assessment, policy development or assurance project (10 essential public health services). Appropriate projects aim to affect the outer rings of the social ecological model. Direct patient care is not allowed.
  • Per accreditation requirements, a practicum project must be designed to meet five of the 22 MPH foundational competencies.
  • Students will outline their project and deliverables on the MPH Practicum Contract which will be signed by their site supervisor and the NSP practicum adviser.
  • The School of Public Health has additional practicum resources and documentation requirements including the Prerequisite Form, MPH Practicum Contract, Midpoint Review, Site Supervisor Evaluation.
  • Students must submit a written assignment (practicum report), a visual assignment (poster), and at least two student-generated products for the site (report, dataset, executive summary, etc.).
  • Practicum paperwork and deliverables must be submitted to the SPH – MPH Practicum Dropbox.

MPH GCPD Students

  • GCPD students complete the practicum during the 9-month practice experience /internship (winter-summer quarter of year 2).
  • The practicum rotation meets the requirements of the Public Health Concentration rotation (MPH practicum = PH Concentration).
  • GCPD students register for practicum credits under NUTR 561 (not NUTR 595).
  • GCPD students will submit their deliverables via the GCPD canvas site in addition to via the SPH – MPH Practicum Dropbox.
  • GCPD students completing winter quarter practicum projects will submit their practicum posters for presentation to the state dietetic conference.

International Students

  • Students with an F-1 visa must work with the University’s International Student Services (ISS) office to register for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) while enrolled in the MPH Practicum and/or Practice Experience (GCPD year 2).
  • Students with a J-1 or J-2 VISA must meet with their ISS adviser during year 1 to apply for Academic Training in year 2.



Nutritional Sciences Program Practicum Faculty Adviser

Anne Lund, MPH, RDN, FAND
Director, Graduate Coordinated Program in Dietetics
Director, Master of Public Health Program
324 Raitt Hall

Nutritional Sciences Student and Academic Services

305 Raitt Hall

School of Public Health MPH Practicum Program

Janice North
Manager of Experiential Learning