The Applied Practice Experience (APEx) is a 1-credit course that provides the student with an opportunity to apply and translate knowledge, theory and skills learned in the classroom into practice within a professional public health setting. It is a planned, supervised, and evaluated field-based experience that can take place in a variety of agencies and organizations, involving some level of community engagement. An APEx is designed to strengthen foundational and concentration-specific public health competencies, complement the student’s interests, and advance professional and career goals.
The APEx places emphasis on community engagement, which is the process of working collaboratively with public health organizations and communities to address issues that affect the health and wellbeing of a community. The APEx project will include student work assignments and/or deliverables that must address the needs of the organization with which the student is placed.