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Scope of Work Form

HPP 698W: Worcester MPH Practicum

Scope of Work Form

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Directions: Before registering for HPP 698W Worcester Practicum, please describe the proposed practicum experience by completing the information requested below. Submit your completed form to the Worcester MPH Program Director, Dr. Jaclyn Coghlin-Strom at in order to get approval to register.  

More detailed instructions are listed below.

  1. Describe all educational and professional activities that will be included in your practicum work. 

  2. List a minimum of five goals for the practicum. What do you hope to achieve through the practicum?

  3. Describe the type of organization or setting for your practicum experience (e.g. hospital, health department, research group, federal agency, etc.).

  4. Provide the practicum supervisor’s name, title, and e-mail address.

  5. Competencies to be achieved through the MPH Degree Practicum:

    Students are to choose 5 competencies from the list provided below.  One of the five must be from the Worcester Campus MPH Concentration Specific list and the other four from the CEPH Foundational Competencies list.  For each competency, write 2 sentences on how that particular competency will be achieved.

  6. Provide two potential work products to be produced at the culmination of the practicum.  These may be subject to change during the practicum.

Worcester Campus MPH Practicum Experience:
Instructions for Incorporating Competencies and Work Products in the Scope of Work Form

This course, HPP 698W Practicum Experience, satisfies the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) requirements for the MPH Applied Practice Experience.

Work Products: Students must complete at least two work products. Work products must meet both of the following criteria:

     1.   Be developed for the benefit of the practicum site

      2.   Demonstrate the application of five competencies.

Examples of work products include: materials that benefit professionals at the site (e.g., policy analysis statements, community assessments, grants), materials developed for the community served by practicum site (e.g., brochures, newsletters), and other projects assigned or recommended by the practicum site supervisor. Work products are not limited to written materials and can include videos, multimedia presentations, spreadsheets or databases developed for use by the practice site, websites, posters, photos, and other digital artifacts of learning.

Competencies: One of the five competencies must be from the Worcester Campus MPH Concentration Specific list and four of the competencies must be from the CEPH Foundational Competencies list.  The competencies and the activities related to them must be included in the practicum report.  

The Worcester Campus MPH Concentration-Specific Competencies

  1. Develop, implement, and refine screening programs for groups and individuals to identify risks for disease or injury, and opportunities to promote wellness
  2. Design and implement clinical preventive services for individuals and communities
  3. Implement community-based interventions to modify or eliminate identified risks for diseases
  4. Use information technology for specific applications relevant to preventive medicine and public health
  5. Translate epidemiologic findings into a recommendation for a specific intervention to control a public health problem
  6. Demonstrate the ability to prioritize new or ongoing projects or programs according to their potential impact, as defined by objective, measurable objectives
  7. Learn to communicate to target groups; including health professionals, the public, and the media, in a clear and effective manner, both orally and in writing, the levels of risk from real or potential hazards
  8. Tailor communication by having an in-depth understanding of the individual or group to be addressed, including perception of risk
  9. Identify ethical, social, and cultural issues relating to policies, risks, research, and interventions in public health and preventive medicine contexts
  10. Demonstrate a conscientious use of human subjects review and informed consent, including sensitivity to individual rights
  11. Identify the processes by which decisions are made within an organization or agency and their points of influence
  12. Identify and coordinate the integrated use of available resources to improve the community’s health

 The CEPH Foundational Competencies

Evidence-based Approaches to Public Health

  1. Apply epidemiological methods to the breadth of settings and situations in public health practice
  2. Select quantitative and qualitative data collection methods appropriate for a given public health context
  3. Analyze quantitative and qualitative data using biostatistics, informatics, computer-based programming and software as appropriate
  4. Interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy or practice

 Public Health & Health Care Systems

  1. Compare the organization, structure and function of health care, public health and regulatory systems across national and international settings
  2. Discuss the means by which structural bias, social inequities and racism undermine health and create challenges to achieving health equity at organizational, community and society at all levels

 Planning & Management to Promote Health

  1. Assess population needs, assets and capacities that affect communities ‘health
  2. Apply awareness of cultural values and practices to the design or implementation of public health policies or programs
  3. Design a population-based policy, program, project or intervention
  4. Explain basic principles and tools of budget and resource management
  5. Select methods to evaluate public health programs

 Policy in Public Health

  1. Discuss multiple dimensions of the policy-making process, including the roles of ethics and evidence 13. Propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions and partnerships for influencing public health outcomes
  2. Advocate for political, social or economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations
  3. Evaluate policies for their impact on public health and health equity


  1. Apply principles of leadership, governance and management, which include creating a vision, empowering others, fostering collaboration and guiding decision making
  2. Apply negotiation and mediation skills to address organizational or community challenges


  1. Select communication strategies for different audiences and sectors
  2. Communicate audience-appropriate public health content, both in writing and through oral presentation
  3. Describe the importance of cultural competence in communicating public health content

 Inter-professional Practice

  1. Perform effectively on inter-professional teams

 Systems Thinking

  1. Apply systems thinking tools to a public health problem