PHC 6941 MPH Applied Practice Experience Guidelines

The MPH Applied Practice Experience (APE) provides an opportunity for each student to work in a public health setting. Students in APE will have the ability to work with minimal supervision to apply public health competencies acquired in the classroom setting to public health practice through experiential activities.

Students in the 48-credit program must log 250 total hours of Applied Practice Experience, while students in the 42-credit program must log 150 total hours of Applied Practice Experience. Options for gaining Applied Practice Experience are as follows:

Required APE hours include:

  • Participation in Interprofessional Learning in Healthcare
  • Participation in Afternoon of Learning
  • Participation in Common Reader book discussion

Options for Additional APE hours include:

  • Experiences gained through a public health service learning course or public health study abroad course
  • Public health service and volunteer activities organized by a student association
  • Individual public health volunteer activities
  • Participation on a Putting Families First team
  • Participation in the Clarion Competition
  • Participation in the Global Health Case Competition
  • In-person attendance at a city or county agency meeting when a public health issue is on the agenda
  • Serving as a board member for a public health agency

The Applied Practice Experience course should be taken in the final semester of the MPH program. Students must create at least two portfolio products that demonstrate achievement of at least five public health competencies.

Details of the Applied Practice Experience can be found in the APE Handbook.

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