Message-from-the-Director

Message from the Director

I just realized that we really don't talk enough about the caliber of students who participate as interns in the Tulane PRC Health Promotion Practicum Program. Yes, we do an e-newsletter story on students who have accomplished something interesting and/or noteworthy during their practicum responsibility. Sometimes these stories even make it into Tulane University's campus-wide news outlet, now called Tulane Today. But I don't think we talk enough about ALL of our master's level students who participate in this program, nor do we talk much about the effort that goes into administering the PRC practicum program.

The PRC places up to 12 students a year in practicum positions with PRC community partner organizations. We start by asking our partners twice a year to submit proposals for a public health student to help them with their work, and oftentimes, work with the partners to develop their proposals to fit practicum requirements outlined by the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Then we select the top internships to advertise to students and send the top candidates on to interviews with the selected hosts. Once students are placed, we help monitor the internships' progress and track the overall experience for both the host and student via online surveys.

A testimonial to the quality of the students who have been placed in practica through the PRC is the fact that we have not only seen an increase in the number of these public health proposals over time, but we have also seen a tremendous increase in the quality of these proposals. It has become more and more difficult to select 12 placements each year because the proposals are so strong, and there are always more than we can use for placement. I believe this is because of two factors: the quality of our master's students and the quality of the PRC placement process, which not only includes proposal selection, advertising the placements, but also tracking student progress and satisfaction of the placement organization and the student. Kudos to Naomi Englar, who coordinates the PRC's practicum placements, and to all those at the PRC involved in this very active and very successful activity of the PRC. And, most of all, kudos to the students who answer the call.

We are currently advertising six outstanding practicum internships to our public health student body. Applications are due Monday, Oct. 29. For more information on the six practica or to apply, visit http://bit.ly/TUPRCjobs.

Carolyn C. Johnson, PhD, FAAHB
Director, Tulane Prevention Research Center
October 2018

Topics:   training , practicum

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