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Practicum Placement

MPH students Cailin M and Eric H at their placement at KFL&A Public Health


The 400-hour practicum placement is a central feature of the Queen's MPH program and many students find it to be one of the most rewarding parts of the program.

Through the practicum, students put their learning from courses to work in a public health setting, deepening their knowledge, skills and experience in an area of interest.


All Master of Public Health students complete a 400-hour practicum placement (EPID 887). 

The placement is usually completed in the spring and summer terms of year one, between April and August.

Students work with the MPH Professional Development Officer to clarify their professional interests, learning goals and needs. The MPH program establishes a set of placements in the Kingston area, developed specifically for Queen's MPH students and not advertised outside the program. Students may also apply to publically advertised placements or create their own. All placements must be approved by the Professional Development Officer.

Students secure placements anytime between December and April, with the majority of students finalizing placements in March. 

All students are required to pay tuition during the practicum placement. 

Here is a list of some of the previous practicum sites that have hosted Queen’s Master of Public Health students.

In Kingston or within commuting distance

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (Kingston Office)

Kingston Community Health Centres

KFL&A Public Health

Laboratory Services, Public Health Ontario

Queen’s Family Health Team

Queen’s University Centre for Studies in Primary Care

Regional Cancer Prevention and Screening Program at Kingston General Hospital

South East Local Health Integration Network

Street Health Centre, Kingston Community Counselling Centres


BC Centre for Disease Control (Vancouver)

Central East Local Health Integration Network

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (Toronto)

Halton Region Public Health

Middlesex-London Health Unit

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

Niagara Region Public Health

Ottawa Inner City Health

Ottawa Public Health

Providence Health Care (Vancouver)

Public Health Ontario

Region of Waterloo Public Health

SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health (formerly Hincks-Dellcrest Centre) (Toronto)

Somerset West Community Health Centre

Stonegate Community Health Centre (Toronto)

Toronto Public Health


Canadian Armed Forces, Directorate Force Health Protection (Ottawa)

Canadian Collaboration for Immigrant and Refugee Health (CCIRH), Institute of Population Health, University of Ottawa

Public Health Agency of Canada (Ottawa)

Veterans Affairs Canada (Ottawa)


Aga Khan Foundation (Kenya)

Pamoja Tunaweza Women’s Health Centre (Tanzania)

World Health Organization (Switzerland)