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The field practice experience is an essential component of graduate professional education in public health. All students completing an MPH degree at San Diego State University are required to complete a minimum of three units (180 hours) of community field practice (650R). Students may take an additional 3 units of 650 (A-F) and a maximum of 6 units of advanced field practice (750 A-F) as part of their learning experience with the consent of their faculty advisor.

Field Practice Courses
650Field Practice For Graduate Student (1st internship)
750Advanced Field Practice For Graduate Students
850Global Health Practicum (GH JDP students ONLY)

Purpose of the Field Practice

The primary purpose of the field practice is to provide SPH students with an integrative public health learning experience, where they have the opportunity to apply and integrate the skills and knowledge they have acquired through their coursework to real world experiences. Field practices are completed in a community environment which may include, but is not limited to, hospitals, managed care organizations, government agencies, community organizations, research institutions, advocacy and policy programs, and private institutions.

SPH Field Placement and Professional Development Adviser

Leticia Cazares    Leticia Cazares
HT 171

Advising Hours (please email to schedule)
Mondays: 10am-4pm, Tuesdays: 1pm-6pm, Thursdays: 9am-2pm


Contact the Field Placement Advisor at or (619) 594-0766.