1. An approved Applied Public Health Experience Plan: Potential APHE opportunities are explored during the fall semester and further formulated during the spring semester of the student’s first year. The APHE plan includes information on the APHE organization, site, and work to be conducted, as well as a description of the final deliverable products. The APHE should have a community-based component and requires the student to work with an inter-professional team during the experience.
2. An APHE requires the following: Students must complete at least 145 hours at a pre-approved APHE organization/agency, which can be paid or unpaid. This is equivalent to approximately one month (4 weeks) of full-time (8 hours per day) work. Students can complete the APHE longitudinally during the first academic year; during the summer between the first and second years; or a combination of these time periods. The APHE should expose the student to real world public health issues and other professions outside of public health that work to address public health issues. APHE activities may include (depending on the topic and the qualifications of the student) attending meetings; participating in ongoing activities; planning, implementing and evaluating short-term projects; participating in health education and outreach; taking part in analytical discussions and/or delivering health related services.
3. Two final products: The APHE must include two final deliverable products. The products may include, as examples, designing a public health intervention, conducting a quality assessment, developing health education materials, writing a communication brief; completing a research analysis/report, or developing a website. Students must consult with their respective APHE supervisor/mentor and with the Assistant Director of Applied Learning to be sure that their proposed products are acceptable for the educational purposes of the APHE. The final products need to demonstrate the achievement of at least three MPH Foundational Competencies and/or MPH Concentration Competencies that have been identified by the student. The products should be of practical utility to the organization/agency.
4. A poster: Students must design a poster that showcases the student’s APHE and final products. Students must present their APHE posters at a poster session held in the fall semester of the second year of the MPH Program as a part of the PHP2072 course.