Practicum Employer Info

All Rollins students are required to participate in a 200-400 hour applied public health experience, or practicum, in a public health setting such as a federal public health organization, hospital, nonprofit, or NGO.

In addition to giving students a hands-on experience in their field, practica can help foster relationships among the public health community and give organizations the opportunity to mentor a student.

Why offer a practicum?

  • Increase exposure for an organization.
  • Open the doors to a potential new employee.
  • Impact the next generation of public health leaders.
  • Enhance an organization’s relationship with Emory University.
  • Gain assistance on projects.

If you started supervising a student prior to January 1, 2014, please log in to the Practicum Web Client.

Our practicum student demonstrated her skills and intelligence so compellingly that I am working on hiring her for a position in our office upon completion of her MSPH. I would highly recommend her to any future employer. This practicum program was an excellent way for her to show what she brings to the table.

- Practicum Supervisor


How to Post a Practicum

Post the position on Handshake

Recruit an individual student directly.

Work with a department ADAP or PFA listed on the Practicum Contact Us page.

Note: Ideally, a practicum opportunity will be a paid position for a student. However, depending on financial needs, some students may be willing to work in unpaid opportunities if the project is closely aligned with their career goals and interests.

Rollins’ Office of Career Development can help employers determine what an hourly rate or stipend should be.


What does a field supervisor do?

  • Develop mutually agreeable practicum goals and objectives with the practicum student(s) at the beginning of the experience. Each practica should be based on three to five clear objectives that can be accomplished in the established time period. Each objective should have at least one related strategy. Objectives should be articulate, concise, and SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely). The objectives should 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. For examples of past objectives, click here.
  • Remain available (onsite) to supervise and direct students during the experience.
  • Provide feedback to the student and the school by completing an online evaluation form at the end of the experience. Supervisors should schedule time to meet face-to-face and discuss this feedback.
  • Complete a Field Supervisor Profile (contact info, credentials and work-setting/content experiences) in the Practicum Portal online system.
  • Act as a mentor whose primary goal is to synthesize the development between academic learning and applied public health practice.
  • Possess at least a master’s degree in public health or a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Once the supervisor and student have agreed on plans for the practicum, the student will enter their demographic and academic information, practicum summary and objectives, and the supervisor’s name and email into the Practicum Portal.
  • After the student enters this information into the system, the supervisor will receive an automatically generated email requesting that the supervisor enters the Practicum Portal to update their profile and to review and approve the student's practicum objectives.
  • Midway through the student's practicum, the supervisor will receive an email asking them to meet with their student to discuss how the practicum is going and to review—and if necessary, adjust—the practicum objectives.
  • About two weeks prior to the end of the practicum, the supervisor will be reminded to log back into the Portal at the end of the experience to complete their student's evaluation.

Supervisors will need to access the Practicum Portal to help their student complete necessary steps pertaining to their practicum. For those supervising multiple students, all students will be associated with the same supervisor account.


Helpful Resources

Practicum Handbook for Field Supervisors

Timesheets: Although not required by Rollins, the supervisor and student may decide to use a timesheet like this to track hours worked.