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“The Applied Practice Experience Sites gives students a broad and diverse experience of the field, and allows them to explore specialties beyond their intended career goals. Often students don’t understand how many things in life are integral to public health, or how many career possibilities there are. It is a vast field and they need to get out there and see how much of it is open to them.”
~ Diane Heck, M.P.H.
The Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) Applied Practice Experience allows students to interact with practitioners in public health, who then become mentors in the development of communications and organizational skills, research methods, and quantitative and qualitative analysis. Students also hone their abilities in problem-solving and advocacy.
Applied Practice Experience sites are as distinct as our students. A survey of our most recent Applied Practice Experience class showed the following site distribution:
M.P.H. students report that the curriculum prepares them well for this real-world experience. A detailed application process helps students focus on their goals for their experience, and choose sites and projects that resonate with them personally and professionally.
Sample Applied Practice Experience Projects:
Applied Practice Experience (APE) Guidelines and Forms
The Public Health Applied Practice Experience provides students with a structured public health practice experience whereby they can take a population based-approach to a public health problem and apply the knowledge and skills acquired in the classroom. Please see the and all associated forms.
Timing of Applied Practice Experience (APE) and registration
Students should discuss registration for the APE with their academic advisor after they have completed between 12-30 credits including the following core courses: Health Care in the U.S., Introduction to Biostatistics, Introduction to Epidemiology, Behavioral and Social Factors in Public Health, and Environmental Influences on Human Health. Students register for the practicum with the approval of their academic advisor. The APE course follows a semester schedule similar to other courses in the SHSP. Students are permitted up to 3 semesters to complete their APE. Some concentrations require the student to complete their APE prior to beginning the capstone.
At the beginning of the semester for which a student registers for the APE, the student will arrange to meet with the APE director and or assistant director to plan the APE including site placement. These meetings are flexible and can be done in office, skype or by phone. Students may utilize their current employment as an APE site if appropriate. All APE sites require approval from the APE Director, Academic Advisor and Site Supervisor. An APE workshop is held on campus at the beginning of each semester and there is a video on the APE course site.