Developing Practicum Objectives

Objectives aim to shape and encourage the professional development of the student and provide an opportunity for applied practice in the particular area of public health.

To get a practicum approved, students and their supervisors must first establish three to five clear practicum objectives that can be accomplished in the practicum time period. Each objective should have at least one related strategy. Objectives should be articulate, concise, and SMART:  

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Realistic
  • Timely


Examples of Objectives from Past Practica

Westat

Design a national research study.

  • Strategy A: Develop protocols for carrying out a multifaceted study.
  • Strategy B: Develop materials to train field researchers for data collection.
  • Strategy C: Aid in the collection of data from respondents in study.

Conduct research via telephone interviews.

  • Strategy A: Identify appropriate respondents from communities associated with study sites.
  • Strategy B: Administer 50–150 interviews.
  • Strategy C: Code telephone interviews from alternate studies to gain valuable insight into appropriate manners and key phrases when interviewing respondents.

Work in a "team research" environment.

  • Strategy A: Work on study with an initial team of 15–20.
  • Strategy B: Contribute to project meetings with full team or variations of team members.
  • Strategy C: Collaborate with members of team to develop strategies for successful completion of study procedures.

Develop skills in survey development.

  • Strategy A: Help design telephone interviews that correlate with self-administered interviews.
  • Strategy B: Edit self-administered and telephone instruments.
  • Strategy C: Test CATI specifications for alternate study.

CDC Global Aids Program, Kenya

Assess the current system of linkages between prevention of mother to child transmission programs and HIV care and treatment programs within three district hospitals in Nyanza province, Kenya.

  • Strategy A: Compile data from patient registers in the relevant departments at each hospital.
  • Strategy B: Establish linkages among the different patient entries.
  • Strategy C: Discuss current operations with health care workers and volunteers in the relevant departments at each hospital.

Share findings back to CDC and Ministry of Health staff for the purpose of improving programs.

  • Strategy A: Present findings to Kisumu GAP management, Kenya Care and Treatment management team, Kisumu Care and Treatment staff, and GAP staff in Atlanta.
  • Strategy B: Present poster at provincial antiretroviral stakeholders' meeting.
  • Strategy C: Write and disseminate reports to health facility staff and CDC Kenya.

Dixon Hughes

Describe how the financial feasibility of developing a continuing care retirement community is determined.

  • Strategy A: Receive training on how a CCRC financial model works.
  • Strategy B: Receive training on the financial ratios and benchmarks that investment banks require for tax-exempt financing.
  • Strategy C: Perform background research on the success of previous projects.

Explain the market for independent living, assisted living, and nursing home facilities throughout various regions within the United States by assisting with market assessments.

  • Strategy A: Utilize the tools available to Dixon Hughes for analyzing market conditions.
  • Strategy B: Assist with the preparation of market assessments.