Students in the NYU College of Global Public Health MPH degree program are helping to discover innovative solutions to epidemics and reinvent the public health paradigm.
By participating as an organization or preceptor in an Applied Practice experience, you will have the advantage of working with our eminent students at the pinnacle of their coursework. They have been immersed in our multidisciplinary approach, gaining action-based learning and applied experiences framed with practical skills, and ready to put their passion for public health to work for you.
What Is an Applied Practice Experience?
An Applied Practice experience at NYU College of Global Public Health serves as the culminating experience for all Master of Public Health students in all eight of our concentrations. The experience is meant to provide students the opportunity to become familiar with the kinds of organizations that put into practice the theory, concepts, and methods taught in the MPH program.
Applied practice experiences can take place in the greater New York City area, elsewhere in the United States, or overseas and, depending on the student's concentration and scope of work, can be completed year round.
Students complete at least 180 hours of hands-on fieldwork training either as an individual through an internship or research leading to a thesis, or as part of a group working on a capstone, depending on the concentration they have chosen.
Learn more about the expectations and guidelines for organizations and preceptors below.
- Applied Practice Experience for Individual Students (Internship & Thesis)
The individual Applied Practice experience is a component of the culminating experience for students in the following concentrations:
Biostatistics (research leading to a thesis)
Community and International Health (internship)
Epidemiology (research leading to a thesis)
Public Health Nutrition (internship)
Public Health Policy and Management (internship)
Social and Behavioral Sciences (research leading to a thesis)
Students undertake this applied practice experience individually at their respective sites. The applied practice experience enables each student to engage in activities that align with their career goals and help them develop skills relevant to future employment in public health. Students engage in coursework to support this experience.
- Applied Practice Experiences for Groups (Capstone)
Students work as a group on this culminating experience on a real-world challenge at your organization, providing you with an important resource - a team of committed students dedicated to addressing its needs - while allowing students to demonstrate fundamental public health competencies and apply what they have learned during their MPH studies.
Expectations & Guidelines for Organizations and Preceptors
The agency preceptor is the on-site professional responsible for the daily supervision of students during the applied practice experience. We ask preceptors to evaluate the student's progress at various times during the applied practice experience through forms provided by the GPH administration as well as periodic meetings with the student to provide direct feedback.
Please read the Expectations and Guidelines for Preceptors to gain a better understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a preceptor.
For more information, please contact our GPH Office of Applied Practice and Experiential Learning at firstname.lastname@example.org.