Host a Field Placement

“Hands on” is no empty phrase in the Tufts Public Health and Professional Degree Programs.  It’s an integral part of every class, where students learn not only the theory, but the skills needed to pursue public or allied health careers.

What is a Field Experience?
Field experiences are a requirement of all students in the MPH, MS in Health Communication (HComm) and Pain Research, Education and Policy (PREP) programs. These practice-based experiences take place in agencies, organizations, and other settings where students plan, execute and complete a project.  The Applied Learning Experience (ALE) for MPH and HComm students and Capstone for PREP students are the most intensive and important courses in our Public Health Programs.  They allow students to integrate and apply what they have learned throughout their program’s curriculum and provide them with a “lived experience” of public health practice.  ALE and Capstone preceptors help faculty evaluate a student’s readiness to enter the public health field.  Most students find it the most rewarding experience of their program, and one which has prepared them exceedingly well for the job market.

What are the benefits to becoming a field preceptor?
Past and current preceptors have consistently rated our students as “excellent” on their public health knowledge and skills, as well as on their initiative, dependability, and ability to work independently on projects. In short, they add value to the host organization and a significant number are offered employment in the organization after completion of their project.  Preceptors have a opportunity to interact with Tufts faculty and are given year-long privileges to Tufts Hirsch Health Sciences Library with free access to thousands of electronic journals.

Where may I get more information?
We are always eager to speak with prospective preceptors.  Preceptors are critical in the success of the ALE and Capstone.  They help our students understand the complexity of applying class-based learning to real world projects and help them learn how to navigate challenges.  The links below should answer your basic questions; should you decide to take on a student you will receive much more detailed information.  And of course, we are happy to talk with you at any time during this process.


For general questions contact:
Doina Iliescu, Assistant Director of Career Services
doina.iliescu@tufts.edu or 617.636.3519

For program specific questions click on the appropriate link below:

MPH ALE and MPH ALE Guide for Preceptors

MS Health Communication ALE and MS HCOM ALE Guide for Preceptors

PREP Capstone and PREP Preceptor Guide