SPH Practicum Experience Documents

All MPH and MHA students with the School of Public Health (SPH) are required to complete a practicum experience as part of their curriculum. The purpose of the SPH 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 you find a list of necessary documents to completing 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
James Alexander, PhD (MHA)
Jeff Hatala, PhD (MPH)

Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Dennis Gorman, 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.  Please use the email addresses below 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 in SPH College Station, classroom 119 with broadcast to SPH McAllen classroom 153.

Students must select the date and time they will attend as part of the registration process. Please note that each session is capped at 20 students and verification will be sent for registration 3 days before the session.

Register for PEMS Training

Training will be held:

  • Wednesday February 15th, 8:00 AM
  • Tuesday February 21st, 12:00 PM
  • Wednesday March 8th, 12:00 PM
  • Monday March 20th, 12:00 PM
  • Wednesday April 12, 12:00 PM

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: http://iss.tamu.edu/Current-Students/F-1-Status/Curricular-Practical-Training

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