Public Health Internships


Purpose of the Applied Practice Experience

The primary purpose of the Applied Practice Experience (APE) is to provide School of Public Health (SPH) students with an public health learning experience, where they have the opportunity to apply and integrate the skills and knowledge they have acquired through their coursework. Practicums, also called Internships, Field Practice, or Field Experiences are completed in a community environment which may include, but are not limited to, hospitals, managed care organizations, health care organizations, government agencies, community organizations, research institutions, advocacy and policy programs, and private institutions. Internships with academic research centers may be approved; however, PH 650R credit requires that the project be community-based where the student would perform duties involving engagement with community members and/or organizations outside of the academic institution. More information on requirements and approval criteria can be found on Undergraduate Requirements page and Graduate Requirements page.

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

Applied Practice Experience Objectives:

Experiences will vary, but overall, the internship/practicum should help you achieve the following objectives:
  1. Apply classroom knowledge to real world work experience by aligning internship work/duties with the SPH learning objectives and public health competencies.

  2. Obtain hands on experience in the design, development and/or implementation of a project(s) that aims to address a public health issue and results in tangible products.
    Examples of products include: Surveys (quantitative or qualitative), focus group and interview plans/questions, GIS Maps, program evaluation reports, scientific posters, policy evaluations, grant proposals, health promotion materials, marketing ads or digital content, social media or outreach plans, training/education curriculum, etc.

  3. Gain public health professional and interprofessional (IPE) development experience by working and collaborating with diverse populations and groups including community members, leaders and government officials across sectors and throughout the world.

  4. Develop cultural competency and global leadership skills to meet evolving public health needs

See Undergraduate Requirements and Graduate Requirements pages for additional information specific to these programs.

SPH Applied Practice and Professional Development Advisor

Leticia Cazares
Leticia Cazares
HT 171
(619) 594-0766
Advising Hours - By Appointment

Current/Prospective Field Sites: For questions or to learn more about the Applied Practice Experience (APE) Program requirements, the process for becoming a site or to post internship opportunities, please contact the Applied Practice Advisor.

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