Connect with a Current Student
Many of our programs are represented by our Student Ambassadors. Read their stories and connect with them to get the student experience first-hand.
During the Master of Public Health program’s second year, we guide students through the culminating experiences that demonstrate key MPH competencies. Our students gain meaningful real-world practice through the Applied Practice Experience (APEX) internships at public health-related settings throughout California and several other states. The APEX gives students direct, hands-on experience comparable to a career position that would be suitable for someone with an advanced public health degree. Regardless of their concentration, all our MPH students are required to complete 250 hours of applied practice. In place of a research-based thesis, students complete an Integrated Learning Experience (ILEX), a capstone synthesis that demonstrates mastery of the profession.
For students starting in 2019 or after, 250 hours of applied practice experience are required for all concentrations.
To support students as they prepare for and complete their culminating experiences, our MPH program offers:
“Once I got to the MPH program, it finally clicked — I was learning about something with the opportunity to apply tools and techniques to issues that mattered to me.
Reid Whaley, MPH‘19
Applied Practice Experience Coordinator: Dr. Dory Escobar
Below is a sample of organizations where our students have completed their Applied Practice Experience.