University of Waterloo

  • Practicum Coordinator, Professional Graduate Programs

    Requisition ID
    Job Category
    Student Services
    1100 - Public Health & Health Systems
    Job Status
    Regular Full-Time
    Hiring Range
    $49,965 - $62,456
  • Overview

    The incumbent is responsible for providing leadership to the practicum portion for the graduate professional programs in the School as well as accreditation needs of the Masters in Public Health (MPH) and Bachelor of Public Health (BPH) programs.


    S/he will work in a team of staff and faculty led by the Associate Directors responsible for Professional Programs (ADPP) and the Research Graduate Programs (ADRGP) in the School.


    Manages and leads the practicum component of the MPH, MHI, MHE, DrPH, Research Graduate MSc and PhD programs, including:

    • Working with external partners to identify appropriate practicum placements. These include practicum sites in domestic and international governmental, intergovernmental, nongovernmental and civil society organizations involved in population health, health evaluation, health informatics, and related areas
    • Writing and implementing Memoranda of Understanding with partners that undertake, inter alia, to offer practicum placements. This includes facilitating practicum opportunities for students undertaking
      international exchanges
    • Working with the University Secretariat to execute legal agreements with these partners as needed
    • Working with site preceptors to ensure that they understand practicum requirements and their responsibilities vis-à-vis supervision and evaluation of students
    • Preparing students for their practicum and orientating students to the working environment relevant to their particular course of study
    • Mentoring students to develop learning plans and objectives relevant to their specific program and their interests and career goals
    • Advising students in the preparation and completion of practicum plans
    • Ensuring that students and site preceptors submit practicum progress reports, practicum evaluation/feedbacks and reflection sessions, in both on-line and face-to-face settings
    • Writing annual reports identifying practicum placements and reporting evaluation metrics
    • Evaluating the student placement process and experience and, with the ADPP, ADRGP and staff team, design and implement improvements for future practicum placements
    • Designing, implementing, and analyzing surveys for practicum placements to gauge satisfaction and evaluate the practicum experience
    • Writing proposals to seek practicum support and funding from external partnerships and agencies (e.g. CIHR)
    • Managing the practicum component of the School Learn website
    • Working with internal and external staff to identify and secure potential sources of funding for the practicum program 
    • When and where appropriate, liaising with the UW co-op program to support appropriate co-op placements for BPH students

    MPH/BPH Program Accreditation:

    • Leads accreditation of relevant professional programs by:
      • Analyzing relevant data (enrolments, practicum and post-graduation job placements, post-graduation surveys, financial information), and writing relevant reports and self-study documents as
        required. This will include working closely with the ADPP, faculty, and the Professional staff team to obtain and compile the relevant data. Incumbent will take the lead role in technical writing relevant to accreditation requirements
      • Supporting professional development initiatives of School faculty to help build the capacity of the public health workforce in Ontario, including supporting the development of partnerships with
        governmental and nongovernmental public health agencies and organizations

    Other Administrative Duties:

    • Working in collaboration with the graduate programs administrative support team, participates in the planning, developing, managing and promotion of activities that may include graduate enrolment,
      graduate student orientation, graduation events, and the organization of career planning and development workshops


    • Masters in Public Health, or equivalent education and/or experience
    • 3 years of experience in a public health practice setting
    • Understanding of public health and health care systems
    • Knowledge of competencies required for public health, health informatics, and health evaluation practice
    • Advanced demonstrated writing skills
    • Advanced expertise in Office Suite
    • Knowledge of Drupal, Quest, Desire-2-Learn, Adobe an asset
    • Travel with requirements for overnight stays and after hours work required on occasion


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