• Health Sciences Applied Learning

    At Worcester State University, we understand that the best learning includes doing. That’s why we offer practicums that give you hands-on field experience. We partner with dozens of Worcester-based organizations where you can hone your skills in challenging, real-world settings and have a positive impact in the local community. As a public health student, you will complete at least 120 hours of community-based service at one of approximately 30 sites in Worcester. If you minor in health fitness, you may complete an optional practicum of at least 40 hours.

    Sample Practicum Sites
    • 15-40 Connection
    • Abby’s House
    • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/MetroWest
    • Boys & Girls Club of Worcester
    • Girls Inc. of Worcester
    • Lutheran Social Services
    • MetroWest Medical Center
    • UMass Medical School’s Quantitative Science Department
    • Worcester Division of Public Health
    • YMCA
    • YWCA

    In addition to this valuable and rewarding field work, you also may take part in faculty-led research or complete an independent study on a topic of interest. We recognize these remarkable student-faculty collaborations at our annual Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity. Recent projects include:

    • WSU Toolkit for Injury Prevention
    • Surveying and Improving the Knowledge of Youth on Concussions
    • Comparison of Dietary Intake and Athletic Profiles with Sports Performance in Middle-Age Competitive Recreational Athletes
    • This is Global Health: A Review of Unintentional Injuries in the Middle East and North Africa
    • Body Weight Management: A Comparison of Three Diet Tracking Programs