The practicum is a problem-solving exercise through which the fellows learn how to apply their analytical skills to real-world policy decisions. The practicum project can either take the form of an analysis of the effects of a public policy or a study of management processes within a federal agency, or an organization/department in the public or private sector. Each fellow, under the guidance of their faculty advisor, defines and structures the problem with the sponsoring agency/organization, gathers relevant information, identifies and evaluates various courses of action, and proposes recommendations. Fellows receive credit toward their MPH for project completion and are required to prepare both oral and written presentations.