Applied Practice Experience


What are Applied Practice Experiences (APE)

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!


All of the applied practice experiences will be documented in the Student E-Portfolio. Towards the end of the program, students will register for PHC 6949: Applied Practice Experiences. During this course, students will work with their faculty mentor to submit two APE products. Each product must address how the experience contributed to the attainment of at least three MPH foundational competencies and two concentration competencies.

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