Experiential Learning

Undergraduate students majoring in Global Public Health (GPH) at NYU are required to complete an Experiential Learning (EL) course in which you engage in hands-on, field-based activities designed to promote your exposure to and understanding of public health. This is an opportunity for you to put what you learn in the classroom to work in the real world.

You may choose to complete your Experiential Learning requirement as either a team-based experience, in which students tackle a public health issue affecting the NYU community in Washington Square, or an individual experience. Students may also complete their EL program at one of the NYU GNU (Global Network University) sites by enrolling in specified courses at that site.

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The Team-Based EL Experience

Sophomores, juniors, and seniors completing the team-based experiential learning will be assigned into small teams by your professor on the first day of class. Collaborating in these groups, you will address a specific public health issue on NYU's Washington Square campus. You will work together to research the issue and its implication for NYU students and produce a feasible and innovative solution over the course of at least 90 hours of fieldwork.

The Individual EL Experience

If you wish to work within a public health organization, you can choose to complete an individual Experiential Learning experience in your sophomore, junior, or senior year. The fieldwork hours must be completed along with the seminar portion of the course.

If you are planning to complete an individual EL, please keep the following in mind:

  • You must attend all seminar sessions and complete the required 90 hours of fieldwork to receive credit for the individual experiential learning.

  • You may fulfill the requirements of the EL while studying abroad through the NYU Global Internship Program

  • Bench Laboratory research ("wet lab" research) cannot be used to fulfill the EL requirement

  • Students in the Applied Psychology (AP) combined major may complete their hours with the same organization as their hours for AP but the 90 hours to be used for EL must be in addition to the hours used for AP; students cannot count the same hours for both

  • Students in the Nursing combined major cannot use their clinical fieldwork for the EL

  • Students who wish to complete their fieldwork hours in the summer must enroll in the Fall session of the seminar and must attend all sessions

Poster Session from the Experiential Learning Seminar AY 2020-2021 

The annual poster session for UGPH-GU 60 has been an opportunity for undergraduates to present their internship research projects in a professional context and to a broader audience that includes, the university, the public health practice community and beyond.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the in-person poster sessions were paused and selected posters (from the individual section of UGPH-GU 60) are presented on our website for the first time.

Examples of EL Project Posters

Sophie Abrams (GPH/Sociology)

Title: Positive Effects of Social Media

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Sophie Bronstein (GPH/Sociology}

Title: The COVID-19 Data Project

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Naomi Cooke (GPH/Sociology)

Title: Examining Health Education Workshops to Better Serve Homeless Youth

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Emily DeGeorge (GPH/Anthropology)

Title: Disparities of Ethnic and Racial Representation in Clinical Trials

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Nicolas Geiman (GPH/Biology)

Title: Who Should be Trained in Opioid Overdose Prevention and Reversal Techniques?

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Michael Guerrero-Calderon (GPH/Sociology)

Title: An Analysis of Research Participation Through the Lens of the Baby BEEs COPE Study

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Korie McManus (GPH/Biology)

Title: Perceptions of E-cigarettes

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Tania Cuevas Moreno (GPH/Biology)

Title: Creating a Health Education Curriculum that Adapts to an Ever-Changing Society

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Olivia O'Leary (GPH/Sociology)

Title: Excited Delirium and Social Justice

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Ethan Wolf (GPH/Food Studies)

Title: Some Barriers to Cannabis Access for Older Americans

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Completing Your EL while Studying Abroad

To complete the Experiential Learning experience while studying abroad at any of the NYU global sites, you need to enroll in that site’s complementary course.
Below is a list of EL courses offered at each site:

  • Accra: NODEP-UA 9982 Experiential Learning Seminar 
  • Berlin: NODEP-UA 9982 Experiential Learning Seminar 
  • Buenos Aires: NODEP-UA 9982 Experiential Learning Seminar  
  • London: NODEP-UA 9982 Experiential Learning Seminar 
  • Madrid: NODEP-UA 9982 Experiential Learning Seminar 
  • Paris: NODEP-UA 9982 Experiential Learning Seminar 
  • Sydney: NODEP-UA 9982 Experiential Learning Seminar 
  • Tel Aviv: NODEP-UA 9982 Experiential Learning Seminar 
  • Washington, DC: NODEP-UA 9982 Experiential Learning Seminar 

For further information on how to enroll in one of these courses, please refer to the Global Internship Program

How Do I Register?

Registering for the Team-Based Experiential Learning

As of Spring 2020, the prerequisites for EL (UGPH-GU 60) are:

  • UGPH-GU 10: Health and Societies in a Global Context
  • UGPH-GU 20: Biostatistics for Public Health*
  • UGPH-GU 30: Epidemiology for Global Health

* GPH/Applied Psychology students take PSYCH-UA 10 instead; 
* GPH/Biology students take BIOL-UA 42 or BIOL-UA 45 instead

To receive the access code needed to register, submit a request for the "Team-Based EL" to the online form

Registering for Individual EL Experience

As of Spring 2020, the prerequisites for EL (UGPH-GU 60) are:

  • UGPH-GU 10: Health and Societies in a Global Context*
  • UGPH-GU 20: Biostatistics for Public Health**
  • UGPH-GU 30: Epidemiology for Global Health

* GPH/Applied Psychology students take PSYCH-UA 10 instead
**GPH/Biology students take BIOL-UA 42 instead

To receive an access code for the individual EL, please submit the Individual EL Placement Form, along with a letter from your supervisor confirming your assignment and detailing what will be expected of your work, to the online system by the appropriate due date. 

*If you are planning to complete your fieldwork abroad, please make a note in the appropriate location on the Placement form.* 

Registration Deadlines

If you plan to complete fieldwork hours only in Summer 2023, your proposed site must be approved before starting hours. You must submit the placement request form and required supporting documents by June 15, 2023.

To receive an access code to register for Fall 2023 Team EL, submit the placement request form by August 31, 2023.

To receive an access code to register for Fall 2023 Individual EL, your proposed site must be approved by this date before starting fieldwork hours. Submit the placement request form and required supporting documents by August 31, 2023.

For Global EL, you must submit the placement request form and required supporting documents as outlined by the Global Internship Program by  August 31, 2023

If you have any challenges meeting the deadline, please contact gph.el@nyu.edu.  

Important Documents for EL Students

Experiential Learning Guide

Experiential Learning Placement Database (you must be logged into your NYU account to view) 

Individual EL Placement Form

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