APE allows students to apply the knowledge, skills, and theories learned in the classroom to real-world public health issues outside of the classroom. Students 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 the student’s experiences must be an interprofessional education experience where the student will collaborate with professionals outside of public health.
During their APE, students will also build their professional network, collaborate with interprofessional teams and jumpstart their public health career!
“Taking the Community Application of Public Health Science course has been an enlightening and hands-on experience that challenges a public health graduate student to apply what they’ve learned to a real-world scenario. The professors are extremely knowledgeable and encourage students to ask questions to guide conversation. It has been incredibly rewarding working with a stakeholder, discussing their project, and learning about their needs.
“My experience in the Community Application of Public Health Sciences course was great! We learned about the foundation of program evaluation and applied this knowledge to a semester-long evaluation project. We brainstormed with the organization’s Director of Federal Grants to produce formative evaluations and action steps to better guide their workforce development. This course has prepared me for future program evaluation work. I highly recommend taking it!"