SPH Practicum Experience Documents

All MPH and MHA students with the School of Public Health are required to complete a practicum experience as part of their curriculum. The purpose of the School of Public Health practicum experience is to provide students with an opportunity to apply the concepts, strategies and tools acquired throughout the course of their classroom studies. Below is a list of necessary documents to complete your practicum experience. 

Department Practicum Coordinators

Students should consult with their department practicum coordinator on all matters related to their practicum experience.

Environmental and Occupational Health
Adam Pickens, PhD, MPH

Health Policy and Management
John J. Buckley, MBA, FACHE (MHA)
Jeff Hatala, PhD (MPH)

Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Jennifer Horney, PhD

Health Promotion and Community Health Sciences
Diane Dowdy, PhD, MS

Practicum Experience Management System (PEMS)

Access to PEMS is granted by your department administrator. Use the email addresses to contact your department administrator for access to PEMS.

HPCHS: hpchs-practicum@sph.tamhsc.edu 
PHEB: pheb-practicum@sph.tamhsc.edu 
PHEO: pheo-practicum@sph.tamhsc.edu 
PHPM-MHA: phpmmha-practicum@sph.tamhsc.edu 
PHPM-MPH: phpmmph-practicum@sph.tamhsc.edu 
PHS: bsph-practicum@sph.tamhsc.edu

Practicum Experience Management System (PEMS) training for students scheduled to complete practicum. All sessions will be at the School of Public Health in College Station, classroom 119 with broadcast to School of Public Health McAllen classroom 153.

Students must select the date and time they will attend as part of the registration process. Each session is capped at 20 students and verification will be sent for registration three days before the session.

Register for PEMS Training

Dates for training to be determined.

Practicum Experience Manual 

Practicum Experience Forms


CPT Forms for Students on F1-Visas

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is work authorization for F-1 international students to receive further training that is designed to achieve an established academic objective directly related to degree level and major. CPT includes practicums and internships.

 SPH student on F1 visas must:

  • Complete the student form
  • Have the department form completed by their academic department
  • Have their practicum preceptor complete the employer form

Completed forms must be submitted to International Student Services and a copy of all completed forms must be provided to your department practicum coordinator.

For more information or questions related to CPT please visit the International Student Services website.

For any additional questions regarding the practicum experience or completion of any of these forms, contact your department practicum coordinator.