Global Applied Practice Experience

An applied practice experience is required of all MPH students in the School of Public Health.

Students in the global health concentration will be encouraged to complete an international Applied Practice Experience/capstone project or to identify an appropriate alternative. The latter choice includes working with an international NGO, a global health agency, or an ethnic community in the U.S. Students should consult with their academic and field placement advisors when arranging the Applied Practice Experience/capstone project.

Knowing your desired location, population you'd like to work with, thematic discipline (epidemiology, EOHS, CMH, youth development, etc.) and what you'd like to gain from your experience is a great place to start. Some students aim to find a balance among these criteria so that their experience fits their interests, while other students focus on one or two of the above criteria to find an applied practice experience that fits their needs.

Domestic vs. International global health applied practice experiences

Students are not required to complete an international Applied Practice Experience. We live in a global world and in that respect, a global experience can be conducted here in the U.S. You will want to work with your divisional Applied Practice Experience coordinator and global health coordinator to ensure your experience will fulfill both your divisional and global health requirements.


For students completing their Applied Practice Experience during the summer, we highly recommend having your project selected by March at the latest. This will allow adequate time to ensure everything is taken care of prior to the start of your Applied Practice Experience.


The School of Public Health offers several competitive scholarship opportunities for students pursuing a global health Applied Practice Experience. Please check out our Scholarship Opportunities for further information.


The following pages offer extensive listings of potential fieldwork sites and organizations, including two fieldwork programs in Kenya and Mexico offered by the School of Public Health.