Capstone Experience - Applied Learning Experience

The Public Health undergraduate capstone experience is an integrative three course series that provides students the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills learned during their time in the public health major and in college toward a personalized project experience. Throughout three semesters students are actively involved in developing an interdisciplinary project proposal, then executing, completing, and presenting an independent, supervised, applied learning project named the Applied Learning Experience (APLE)

PH 480 – Application of Public Health Principles in Research and Practice (3 cr) 
Introduction to a diverse range of public health projects and associated methods while working to develop an applied learning project proposal. Junior standing or higher. A-F only. Pre: 201 and 310.

Offered Fall and Spring
In order to receive instructor approval to register for PH 480, students will need to attend a mandatory orientation to learn more about the applied learning experience. Orientation dates and times will be announced each semester via email. This Pre-APLE orientation long with an advising session to register for PH 480 is required.

PH 485 – Applied Learning Experience (3 cr)  
Allows students to execute an independent, mentor-supervised, applied learning project as implementation of skills learned in previous public health coursework. Applied project is a required component of the public health undergraduate degree program. Pre: 480.

Offered Fall, Spring, and Summer

PH 489 – Public Health Undergraduate Capstone Seminar (3 cr)  
Integration of public health knowledge, skills, and practice acquired during the public health undergraduate degree. Students will also reflect on, finalize, and present their applied learning experience projects. Senior standing and higher. A-F only. Pre: 480 and 485.

Offered Fall and Spring

For questions regarding our undergraduate applied learning experience, please contact B.A. Chair, Denise Nelson Hurwitz or our undergraduate advisor. For information about the development of the APLE, please feel free to review our recent publication.