MSTAT / Biostatistics
The practicum is one of the culminating experiences in the MSTAT-Biostatistics program. The purpose is to allow students to obtain specialized, hands-on, real-world experience in routine statistical consulting, data management, and data analysis, comparable to that in a master's level career biostatistics position. It also allows the student, advisor and a practicing data analysis mentor to evaluate whether the student's statistics and consulting skills are mature enough to go out into the field as a statistics professional.
Criteria for Selecting Practicum Sites
The student is responsible to set up a practicum, in consultation with the advisor. The advisor will help choose a suitable practicum and find a statistics/statistics-related professional to serve as the mentor. The advisor and mentor will be the student's main sources of assistance and feedback during this time. Questions may be referred to the MSTAT in Biostatistics Track Representative as necessary.
1.1 Practicum Objectives Form
Once a practicum site is located, you must complete the Practicum Objectives form. This form will outline specific objectives of the practicum, how they will be addressed as well as include brief description of the experience. This form must be signed by the practicum mentor and approved by the student's faculty advisor. Once the form is completed with the appropriate signatures, please return the form to the academic advisor.
1.2 Register for Practicum Hours
Once the Practicum Objectives form has been completed and returned to the academic advisor a permission code will be distributed. The permission code will allow you to register for PBHLT 6971 –Practicum. Please be mindful of registration dates to ensure adequate time to obtain all of the needed forms and permission code for registration. Students must register for a total of 1 credit hour towards the practicum before graduation. Note: It doesn't matter when students are registered for the practicum credit, this can be during or after the student actually completes their approved practicum hours.
At the End of Your Practicum
1.3 5 Page Paper
A student's practicum is evaluated by the student and the mentor, using forms developed by the MSTAT-Biostatistics Program, in addition to a 5 (or more)-page report by the student on the experience. The 5 page summary paper outlining the student's practicum experience should hit on the following points:
1.4 Student Evaluation Forms 1 & 2
At the completion of the practicum, submit the completed Student Evaluation Form 1 and Student Evaluation Form 2 to the student's faculty advisor and the academic advisor. The first form will be placed in your practicum records. The second form has no identifiers, and will not be placed with your practicum records, allowing for freedom to evaluate the practicum experience anonymously.
1.5 Mentor Evaluation Form
Finally, the student will have the practicum mentor submit a completed Mentor Evaluation Form report. It is the responsibility of the student to assure that the mentor submits the form. A copy of the form must be submitted to the academic advisor. Based on this information, the student's faculty advisor assigns a credit (CR) or no credit (NC) for the experience.
1.6 Receiving Credit for Your Practicum
Note that PBHLT 6971 –Practicum is a Credit/No Credit course. If all paperwork is completed and submitted to the Division of Public Health by the last day of class, a CR/NC grade will be assigned and submitted to the registrar's office for that semester. If paperwork is not received until after this deadline, the student will receive a T (In Progress) grade. Therefore, if the student wishes to graduate on a given semester, they must make sure all paperwork is submitted by the last day of class for that semester.