Practicum Experience

Put transformational healthcare leadership into action with the MSHM practicum

Gain hands-on experience as a project manager leading a project in a healthcare organization in our unique paid practicum experience—placements are available with organizations nationwide.

In this optional elective, we'll match you with a preceptor who will support you and cultivate a close mentor-student partnership while you gain competencies and skills to become a transformational healthcare leader. Once matched, you will receive 9 months of practical experience, working 5-20 hours weekly at your practicum site leading projects, networking, and growing professionally. All residential MSHM students who enroll in this elective will receive additional funding support through the Service Corps Fellows Program for completing the work required at their practicum site.

In the classroom portion of the course, you will be taught various Franklin Covey courses including Project Management Essentials. You’re then able to enact these tools in facilitating meetings, creating project schedules, and utilizing change management. These skills can also be immediately applied at your practicum site. During the practicum experience, you will become the transformational healthcare leader you aspire to be while in the program and receive real-time feedback and coaching to strengthen your leadership and management skills through the experience.

In-person, hybrid, and online opportunities are available. No previous experience is required. After this immersive experience, you will be better prepared to step into a leadership role. Some students even receive job opportunities from their practicum site.

Distinguish yourself in the job market with nationally recognized certifications

Through the MSHM practicum course, you’ll gain access to more than 10 certifications designed to help you quickly build a toolkit of hard and soft skills while adding credentials to your resume before you graduate. Altogether, these certifications are valued at $8,000 per student.

Presentation Advantage

Consistently deliver successful presentations with the help of Presentation Advantage. You’ll learn the skills and the latest neuroscience to better inform, influence, and persuade others in today’s knowledge-based world.

Learning objectives

  • Define presentation success 
  • Understand the paradigm of “Connect” 
  • See that paradigm plus process equals presentation success
  • “Connect” with in-person and virtual audiences successfully

From FranklinCovey Presentation Advantage 

Project Management Essentials

Project Management for the Unofficial Project Manager™ combines best practices from agile and waterfall project management to equip you with the mindset, skillset, and toolset to engage and inspire team members. 

Learning objectives

  • Build strong informal authority that inspires project teams to consistently volunteer their best efforts. 
  • Utilize a consistent process to start and finish high-value projects on time and with quality 
  • Influence and engage others to define a clear project scope, including clear deliverables and risk strategies
  • Model openness and agility to apply proactive change management and deliver high-value projects

From FranklinCovey Project Management for the Unofficial Project Manager™ 

The 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity 

The 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity process measurably increases the productivity of individuals, teams, and organizations. The 5 Choices® will help you make more selective, high-impact choices about where to invest your valuable time, attention, and energy. 

From FranklinCovey The 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity 

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Foundations Program 

Organizational success depends on strong individual performance at all levels, including non-managerial, administrative, and staff-level employees. Great performance requires a common set of values, behaviors, and skills that align individual capabilities to your organization’s strategy. The 7 Habits Foundations course introduces foundational principles, paradigms, and practices of the 7 Habits.

From FranklinCovey The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Foundations 

Writing Advantage 

To stay ahead in business, you have to cut through the information clutter and communicate clearly. FranklinCovey’s Writing Advantage workshop teaches how to set quality writing standards that will help you increase productivity, resolve issues, avoid errors, and increase credibility.

Learning objectives

  • Define a document’s purpose, the readers’ needs, and the desired response  
  • Define and manage the document’s scope and related writing assignments 
  • Apply the principles of organization using the “Four-Box Format”

From FranklinCovey Writing Advantage Tools for Highly Effective Communication 

Meeting Advantage

Employees typically spend up to 40% of their time preparing for and participating in meetings. The FranklinCovey Meeting Advantage solution teaches how to plan effectively by frontloading before a meeting, focusing productively during the meeting, and following through successfully after the meeting.

Learning objectives

  • Initiate, plan, and define the meeting’s purpose
  • Develop skills for managing a productive meeting effectively 
  • Develop and use meeting ground rules

From FranklinCovey Meeting Advantage  

Speed of Trust 

There’s a new currency that powers business—trust. With high trust, communication, creativity, and engagement improve. In the Speed of Trust® Foundations course, individuals become competent in using the framework, language, and behaviors that lead to high-trust teams and organizations. 

Learning objectives

  • Practice the 13 Behaviors of High Trust to develop, restore, and extend trust
  • Create a Trust Action Plan to increase personal credibility and influence
  • Practice communicating transparently, respectfully, and directly

From FranklinCovey Speed of Trust Foundations 

Unconscious Bias 

Unconscious bias is a natural part of the human condition and how the brain works. It affects how we make decisions, engage with others, and respond to various situations and circumstances, often limiting our potential. Unconscious Bias: Understanding Bias to Unleash Potential offers a principle-based and practical approach to identifying and addressing unconscious bias in our everyday life.

Learning objectives

  • Develop leaders who create an inclusive workplace and address the impact unconscious bias has on decision-making 
  • Build a culture where everyone feels respected, included, and valued 
  • Improve collaboration between newly acquired groups or between existing functional silos 
  • Develop an inclusive culture that positively impacts the bottom line

From FranklinCovey Unconscious Bias: Understanding Bias to Unleash Potential  

Unleash Your Team’s Potential Through Coaching 

Effective leaders build a leadership pipeline by intentionally developing their team members. They see their team members as whole people who have a body, mind, heart, and spirit. They use frequent positive feedback to reinforce team values and instructive feedback to course correct quickly. 

Learning objectives

  • Explain the importance of the coaching mindset that sees people as whole and inherently capable
  • Give effective positive and instructive feedback using the two-step feedback approach
  • Differentiate between feedback and coaching, and when each is appropriate

From FranklinCovey Unleash Your Teams Potential Through Coaching Live Online   


  • Lean: Green Awareness
  • Lean: A3 Thinking
  • Professional Agile Scrum Master Training (Additional expenses associated with this certification)
  • Microsoft Excel Essential Series©
  • Microsoft Office Productivity Series©
  • Certificate in the Business of Life Sciences
  • Executive Certificate in the Business of Life Sciences (The ECBLS certificate is only available for Executive MSHM students)
Ellie Heckler, MSHM’23

Clinical Engagement Intern at PRECISIONxtract

“My capstone project is to manage the launch of an application and data release for pharmaceutical sales representatives to use to convert market access to healthcare providers. As someone who has always been interested in the production of these drugs, working on the marketing side of the industry has been a great experience and has expanded my knowledge of the industry immensely.”

Elias Attalah, MSHM’21

Innovation Intern at Trilogy Health Services

“I learned the importance of developing and managing innovative products that directly impacted the lives of our elderly citizens. I got the experience of working with over 100 executive directors and CEOs of various companies and launched product to hundreds of residents.”

Jairus Johnson, MSHM’21

Project Coordinator at IU Health Design & Construction

"I was tasked with building a virtual simulation of the patient move for the new hospital. At a high level, it looked at how long the move will take as well as what resources would be needed. On a more granular level, it tests the move operations and workflows that will help inform decision-making for move day."

What YOUR practicum experience could look like with Ascension St. Vincent-Cardiovascular Service Line

As one of the leading nonprofit health systems in the U.S., Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. The graduate fellow will help lead and assist clinical and administrative leadership at Ascension St. Vincent in advancing our strategic initiatives across the state of Indiana. In this role, you will help develop new service offerings, improve, and enhance processes and gain a unique insight into decision-making at the senior leadership level with multiple opportunities to lead multidisciplinary project teams.

Rosalind Mark


“I’m able to tailor the experience—the project work, the connections, the resources, the networking—all of that is geared toward what the students’ career objectives are. I feel very confident in them starting jobs in the healthcare field when the practicum experience is over.”

Dayna Thompson


“The project that we give to the students who come to our organization is not just a capstone project that dies after that student leaves—everything that we have our students work on is something that we plan to implement. They get to be a part of something that’s really meaningful.”

Todd Schmeideler

Founder and CEO of Thumbprint Consulting

“Hosting multiple students over multiple practicum sites starts with a core approach: 1) give clear directions and open communication, 2) include students in key stakeholder meetings, 3) align resources and a support team, and 4) provide an independent blame-free environment that allows students to be part of high-impact rewarding projects.”