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Applied Practice


All eight concentrations in the GPH’s MPH degree require an applied practice experience (APE) that gives you on-the-ground exposure to real-world public health challenges, equipping you with the problem-solving and practical skills needed to solve them. As you work, you’ll build professional contacts and networks, forging your unique career path in public health.

Depending on which concentration you choose, this practice experience will be a thesis or an internship. You will be able to choose your own field placement with NGOs, governmental agencies, multilateral institutions, community-based organizations, and private sector companies both domestically and in more than 30 countries around the world.

What I loved most about GPH was my practice experience in a research lab where I could apply what I learned in the classroom and interact closely with faculty.”
- Jazmin Rivera (USA), MPH 2016, Social and Behavioral Sciences Concentration

How Do Applied Practices Experiences Work?

Your applied practice experience allows you to integrate the skills and theories you learn in the classroom into the real public health work environment. You’ll learn from interactions with mentors in the field, and explore questions and engage in group problem-solving around your work experience. Plus, you’ll gain valuable skills in the global public health field and explore new career opportunities through professional development

Applied practice experiences at GPH can take place in the greater New York City area, elsewhere in the United States, or overseas. You may choose from applied practice experiences on a year-round basis and, depending on the location of the experience, can complete your hours during the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

Interested in Working with Our MPH Students?

If you are an organization or preceptor who wants the innovative and systems-changing input of our advanced-level MPH students, learn more about becoming an applied practice sponsor.

Professional Development

Wherever you are in your career and professional development, we work to provide opportunities where you can enhance your classroom learning with experiential training.