The practicum rotations are administered by the School of Public Health but involve field placement in a wide variety of settings. The practicum experience relies heavily on public health practitioners to facilitate appropriate field experiences. Residents also rotate through more clinically oriented venues, such as community health centers, Henry Ford Hospital and University of Michigan affiliated hospitals.
Each resident must fulfill thirteen months of practicum assignments. At least three months are required at each of the three "core" practicum rotations:
- Governmental health department rotation—Michigan Department of Community Health, Washtenaw County Public Health, Oakland County Health Division, or Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion
- Community health center rotation—Center for Family Health, or Detroit Community Health Connection
- Health system rotation—Henry Ford Health System, Allegiance Health, or Karmanos Cancer Institute
Four additional months must be elected at any of these "core" sites, at an elective site, such as Michigan Public Health Institute or at another site such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American College of Preventive Medicine, the Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine or other federal sites agreed upon in consultation with the program director. Residents are strongly encouraged to apply for an elective rotation with the CDC, ACPM, or other organization approved by the program director.