SPH Applied Practice Experience


Purpose of the Applied Practice Experience

The primary purpose of SPH Applied Practice Experience is to provide students with an integrative public health learning experience, where they have the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge they have acquired through their coursework to real world experiences. Internships are completed in a community environment which may include, but is not limited to, hospitals, managed care organizations, government agencies, community organizations, research institutions, advocacy and policy programs, and private institutions.

Applied Practice Experience Courses
497Applied Practice for Undergraduate Students*
650RField Practice for Graduate Student (1st Internship)*
750/650Advanced Field Practice for Graduate Students
850Global Health Practicum (GH JDP students ONLY)

*Required for Degree. Students must complete the Foundations of Public Health Module on Canvas prior to submitting their internship site for approval (exception: students with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health as of 2018).

Applied Practice Experience Objectives:

Experiences will vary, but overall, the internship/practicum should help you achieve the following objectives:
  1. Application of classroom knowledge to real world work experience

  2. Assistance in the design, development and/or implementation of projects that aim to address public health. Common duties include the production, use and evaluation of needs assessment or evaluation tools (i.e., focus group guides, surveys), curriculum or educational materials, project work plans, audio-visual aids, print media and social media, etc. depending on the discipline.

  3. Interaction with community members, leaders, and government officials with the goal of establishing partnerships to address health equity, health disparities, and other community health concerns.

  4. Professional development opportunities (i.e., training, mentorships, conferences, etc.) and potential for pathway to career in public health.

For information on requirements and the internship approval criteria, please visit Undergraduate Requirements and Graduate Requirements.

SPH Applied Practice and Professional Development Advisor

Leticia Cazares (she/her/ella)
(619) 594-0766
Advising Hours - By Appointment

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