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Integrated Learning Experience

The culminating experience for the full-time MPH degree - known as the Integrated Learning Experience (ILE) - is required of all full-time MPH and dual degree graduate students. Completed throughout the second academic year of the program, students gain public health practice experience relevant to their concentration/major. The ILE can be a specific project (e.g. research study, program evaluation) or an internship with multiple projects and activities.

Because the scope of projects differ by academic concentration, it is important to consider the MPH Foundational Competencies relevant to individual departments when designing a culminating experience.

Download the MPH Foundational Competencies (PDF)

The completion of a culminating experience and accompanying master’s paper are required as part of the Drexel MPH degree. Students must complete and defend a master’s paper based on their ILE experience. Some students go on to publish their results, or gain employment at the host agency where they may become preceptors for future students.

REQUIREMENTS

The ILE is designed to integrate public health academic studies with public health practice skills. These projects must:

  • Benefit the community or a particular target population
  • Support SPH goals and objectives
  • Directly relate to a student’s academic goals and professional interests
  • Involve appropriate SPH faculty as preceptors and advisors.

Students develop a written learning agreement in consultation with a faculty advisor and the community preceptor. Sponsoring agencies designate a qualified member of their staff to serve as the community-based preceptor for each assigned SPH student. The preceptor guides the student's experience on site, helps him/her think critically about the concrete details and meaning of activities, and facilitates interactions with agency staff and community members.

FOR COMMUNITY PARTNERS/PRECEPTORS

For more information about working with our MPH students, please contact Caroline Voyles, Director of Student Placement. If you already have a project or internship description, you can upload it directly to our student opportunities database, Symplicity.