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

How to enroll in the applied practice experience

  1. When you have followed the planning steps above you should complete the APE Learning Agreement found below.
  2. When the learning agreement is submitted it will be routed to both your preceptor and your faculty advisor to review and approve.
  3. After those approvals are received, the OAPSS office will add the APE course to your schedule (PUBHLTH 7189) for 2 credits.

Note: The Carmen course associated with your enrollment in PUBHLTH 7189 will not be published.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) SU24 (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


Summer 2024 deadlines and evaluations

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 need to ensure the following deliverables have been submitted in order to earn the final grade:

  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