Every year, we send more than 425 graduates into the world with the tools to solve complex public health problems.
Our Gillings School students have these skills not only because they engage with our School’s world class faculty and superb resources, but also because they gain direct experience working with community partners during their practicum, or field experience. These partners give our students an unparalleled education through real-world projects within organizations and across communities; they also give students the support they need to succeed by providing excellent mentoring. Because of their efforts, our students are able to take what they learn in the classroom and apply it in practice, improving the health of communities in North Carolina and around the world.
This year, we celebrated these important collaborations between our students, faculty, staff and community partners.
Practicum Day was held on Friday, October 26, 2018. During the event, we highlighted our partnerships across departments as students in biostatistics, environmental sciences and engineering, epidemiology, health behavior, health policy and management, maternal and child health, nutrition and public health leadership showcased their practica through oral and poster presentations. Sessions took place throughout the Gillings School. Three “Impact in Practice Awards” also were presented to an outstanding student, faculty member and community partner/preceptor, based on nominations.
Thank you to those who joined us in October as we celebrated the practicum cohort of 2018!