Practicum assessment utilizes an approach that helps ensure the masters of public health (MPH) students learn to take action and apply their knowledge and skills while participating in practicum projects in community organizations. The main tools of assessment include: supervision by a field preceptor, observation of the student in the field, completion of objectives and deliverables designated on the department-wide evaluation form, and a three-part critical thinking reflective paper written by the student. The practicum experience has resulted in students making significant service-learning contributions to community agencies, while these community agencies are preparing MPH students to enter the public health workforce. By Valerie Yontz
Yontz, V. (2008, November). Practicum Assessment from the Department of Public Health Sciences. Poster session presented at the Assessment for Curricular Improvement Poster Exhibit at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI.