MPH Practicum Program

The PQA Master of Public Health (MPH) practicum opportunity is tailored to meet the candidate’s learning goals and respective graduate program’s practicum requirements, while aligning with PQA’s current initiatives the candidate can participate in during the practicum period. During the practicum, the candidate will also:  

  • Earn PQA's Medication Use Quality Certificate 
  • Deliver a final presentation to the PQA Team 

The program has a flexible format, allowing candidates to balance practicum requirements with concurrent school activities and coursework. To have a meaningful experience on the program however, PQA recommends being able to commit to approximately 180 practicum hours over an academic semester, or 12 weeks. 

I've heard about so many areas in public health: research, policy, behavior change, SDOH and health care. PQA's MPH practicum program provided me the opportunity to learn about the intersection of all these areas and its impact on medication use safety, adherence, and appropriate use. I also saw the MPH practicum with PQA as an opportunity to learn new things, specifically how pharmacies play a role in improving population health..”
- Chyann Mealy; MPH Candidate 2021

Application Information
Students actively enrolled in a Master of Public Health (MPH) program and seeking a practicum placement for credit to fulfil their school’s practicum requirement, are encouraged to applyCandidates are required to submit the following materials through an online application platform accessible via the PQA website:

  1. One-page cover letter describing:
    1. Interest in performing practicum at PQA
    2. Career goals and how the PQA practicum will facilitate achieving those goals
    3. Potential start date 
    4. Desired practicum duration 
    5. Anticipated weekly commitment
  2. Curriculum vitae

This practicum opportunity is a paid opportunity. Transportation, housing, and all other costs-of-living are the responsibility of the graduate participant. Candidates on international student visa (i.e., F-1) are eligible to apply for this program but will need to obtain the F-1 Curricular Practical Training (CPT) from respective graduate schools if selected.  

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) that interested candidates may find helpful are located hereCandidates with additional questions not otherwise covered in the FAQ document, can submit them to: [email protected].  

2023-24 Timeline

PQA is currently not accepting applications. PQA will announce the opening of the application cycle in the coming months. Interested candidates are encouraged to follow PQA on Twitter and LinkedIn to keep current on PQA activities, MPH practicum announcements and other PQA learning opportunities.  

 Applications are closed for the PQA MPH Practicum