An Applied Practice Experience/Field Experience is required of all Master of Public Health students (IPHS 650).The purpose is for students to acquire experience and develop skills in the application of basic public health concepts and of specialty knowledge to the solution of public health problems. The Applied Practice Experience can be taken in a single semester or over several semesters for a total of 3-5 credit hours (between 192 and 320 hours in the field, where 1 credit hour is equal to 64 contact hours).
Through the applied practice experience students will be able to:
1. Apply public health theory, knowledge and skills in a practice setting
2. Complete a defined project(s) in an area of public health practice including core public health functions such as assessment, program planning, program evaluation, policy development, educational campaign or applied research.
3. Relate the “realities” of public health practice-organizational structure, local/organizational politics, program administration, community relationships, program coordination-to their defined project(s).
4. Demonstrate skills and knowledge in an area of interest not covered in depth elsewhere in their educational plan.
5. Demonstrate competence in a public health practice area(s).
6. Demonstrate leadership, teamwork, communication skills, and creativity in the development of public health practice activity.