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Applied Practice Experiences


Participate in a variety of applied practice experiences during your degree program to add an invaluable experience to your education and future career in public health. Numerous opportunities will be developed and presented for you. You can also create your own experience with the approval of your faculty mentor.

What is Applied Practice Experiences (APE)?

APE allows you to apply the knowledge, skills, and theories learned in the classroom to real-world public health issues outside of the classroom. You will demonstrate attainment of MPH foundational and concentration-specific competencies through these experiences. Students have the opportunity to learn from public health professionals in a variety of settings including governmental, non-governmental, non-profit, and for-profit organizations. One of your experiences must be an interprofessional education experience where you will collaborate with professionals outside of public health. During your APE you will also build your professional network, collaborate with interprofessional teams, and jumpstart your public health career!

How is it documented?

Upon completion of each APE, you will develop a product (e.g., reflection paper, poster presentation, PowerPoint slides, video, etc.) that describes the experience and links the experience with the appropriate competencies (at least three foundational and two concentration competencies). These products will be collected in your student portfolio in Archivum. Toward the end of the program you will register for the 3-credit APE course and submit a minimum of two APE products (one product must be from an interprofessional education experience) to receive full credit for the course.

What are some examples?

  • Field experience
  • Approved service-learning course
  • Co-curricular activities (such as service and volunteer activities arranged through the USF Health Service Corps)
  • Interprofessional education experience