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What Is the MPH Applied Practice Experience - Internship?

The purpose of the APE is to provide you an opportunity to cultivate mentoring relationships with public health professional through meaningful hands-on work that builds public health competencies, as well as learn how organizations function, how teams operate, and how to interact with diverse groups of stakeholders in the world of public health practice.  

The APE is complemented by a full year of courses, known as the Internship-Practice and Integrative Learning Experiences for students in the CHPS, EPHS, GH, PHN, and PHPM concentrations.

For more information on the internship, please view the APE Internship Guide.

Internship Courses

The APE-Internship is a component of the APE is meant to complement the 180-hours of public health practice completed by students and includes 2 semesters of coursework:

  • The fall-semester APE course that broadens students' exposure to public health practice, facilitates valuable work experience, and increases students' knowledge of specific career opportunities
  • The spring-semester Integrative Learning Experience (ILE) which is the final course within each concentration and is designed to ensure that students have acquired all of the competencies promised by the program. Evidence of mastery can take the form of exercises, exams, papers, and reports. 

To be granted access to the Internship courses, students must first identify an Applied Practice Experience (APE) and submit a Practice Learning Contract (PLC). For more information on the process, please visit the APE page. 

How Do I Enroll in the Internship Course(s)?

All students must have secured an Applied Practice Experience (APE) and submitted a Practice Learning Contract (PLC) that has been reviewed and approved by GPH before they will be allowed to enroll in the Fall-semester Internship course. For instructions on requesting APE approval, please refer to the Applied Practice Experience page.

Once your PLC has been approved, you will receive an access code to register for the Internship course.