Applied Practice Experience Requirements

Students should begin planning for the applied practice experience in the first semester of the master of public health program. Prior to enrollment, students should review the experience requirements, identify career goals and know the available resources to find an applied practice experience.

Planning your experience

  1. Complete an applied practice experience preferred profile questionnaire
  2. Review the student experience page to review what other students have done for their APE.
  3. Review the Applied Practice Experience orientation video
  4. Explore opportunities through Handshake, career fairs, the college's weekly e-newsletter, the APE opportunities page, and your faculty advisor.
  5. Identify a site or agency contact to serve as a site supervisor
  6. Work with a faculty advisor and site supervisor to develop goals, competencies, and proposed deliverables

How to enroll in the applied practice experience

Most students enroll in the applied practice experience for the summer term of their first year. Twenty credit hours must be completed in the master’s program prior to enrollment.

Students in the Program for Experience Professionals must have at least 15 hours of coursework completed.

After finding an experience, meet with a faculty advisor for input and approval prior to completing a learning agreement. After the agreement is approved, the applied practice experience course (PUBHLTH 7189) will be added to the student's schedule. The student also will be enrolled in a Carmen course within 24-48 hours.

Note: The Carmen course associated with your enrollment in PUBHLTH 7189 will not be published.  Students will be added to the Carmen course with the following title: "CPH (Applied Practice Experience) AU23 (semester of registration)."

2023-2024 MPH Learning Agreement

MPH/MSW Learning Agreement


APE Requirements for students specializing in BMI (Biomedical Informatics) and CTS (Clinical Translational Science)

Please read the Integrated APE and ILE Handbook for specific requirements for your specialization.

Biomedical Informatics Handbook

Clinical Translational Science Handbook


Autumn 2023 term deadlines and Evaluations

  • December 7, 2023:  Students complete the 2023-2024 APE Student Evaluation . The coordinator will upload the completed evaluation to Carmen or email it to your faculty advisor upon receipt.
  • December 7, 2023: Preceptors complete 2023-2024 APE Preceptor Evaluation. The Coordinator will upload the completed evaluation to Carmen or email it to your faculty advisor upon receipt.
  • December 7, 2023- December 14, 2023 : Faculty complete the  2023-2024 Rubric for Evaluating the Applied Practice Experience for evaluating the applied practice experience and student performance
  • December 14, 2023: Grade posting deadline for graduating students
  • December 18, 2023: Grade posting deadline for non-graduating student

Note: Students who will not complete the applied practice experience by the deadline should notify their faculty advisor, preceptor, and the coordinator. Students will receive an incomplete and will have until the following semester to finish the requirements.

Experience setting

An experience may involve governmental, non-governmental, non-profit, industrial, and for-profit settings or appropriate university-affiliated settings with community partners. The college offers resources and assistance for students to find experiences that are beneficial to them and the site with whom they will work.

Current opportunities

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Applied Practice Experience end-of-semester deliverables

During the Applied Practice experience, students demonstrate attainment of at least five program competencies, and three must be foundational competencies. At the conclusion of the experience, each student will submit the following deliverables:

  1. Final report
  2. Two work products
  3. 2023-2024 APE Student Evaluation
  4. 2023-2024 Preceptor Evaluation 
  5. 2023-2024 Rubric for Evaluating the Applied Practice Experience