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Applied Experience Requirements

 
One applied public health clinical, research, or community-based experience is required. A minimum of 80 documented hours of applied work is required at one site – to be completed within one calendar year. Students must also complete biweekly reports, a memorandum of completion and a short evaluation of their site. A synthesizing assignment is also required.

The format of the synthesizing assignment can be any one of these three options:

• One 8-10 page paper following PHS manuscript submission guidelines, accompanied by a 300 word abstract. Specific guidelines for this format can be found here. Abstract guidelines can be found here.

• One 10 minute Voice thread presentation, accompanied by a transcript of the audio and a 300 word abstract. Specific guidelines, examples, requirements for this format can be found on the Guidelines page.

• One 36" x 48" or larger poster, accompanied by a 300 word abstract. Guidelines, examples, tools for poster option can be found on the Guidelines page. Posters are presented at the PHSF JHU Undergraduate Public Health Conference.

Please keep in mind that the Digital Media Center (DMC) is a great facility for multi-media work! Even if you do not have the hardware at home, you can use their equipment if you are interested in the PowerPoint assignment option. It must be in a format that your PHS Sponsor can open, however, so be sure to work with DMC staff as needed to make sure it is Windows compatible.
 

APPLIED EXPERIENCE OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteer/Internships  |  Research  |  Compensated  |  Course-Based

There are numerous opportunities to obtain an applied experience, including during the semester, during the summer, domestically or overseas. Enrollment in various programs may be limited by the number of available opportunities.

We strongly encourage students to seek out their own Applied Experience opportunities but please feel free to utilize the following resources to aid your search:

1) Speak with your PHS advisor,

2) keep up-to-date on postings listed in "The PHS Weekly" e-newsletter,

3) and look through the Career Center's J-Connect listings. It may be helpful to set up a meeting with the Career Center to hear about more internship/volunteer/fellowship opportunities available.

Volunteer/Internships Applied Experience

Many students do volunteer work that includes an Applied Public Health Experience. Students doing volunteer work with a Public Health component or uncompensated internship work with an organization engaged in Public Health may choose to formally apply for that work to fulfill the Applied Experience requirement. Medical tutorials do not satisfy this requirement. If approved for the AE, students may receive 2 credits of S/U independent study from their Academic Advisor. Students pursuing this option will:

(1) Complete the Applied Experience Agreement with the AE Coordinator prior to beginning the 80 hours required for the Applied Experience; and

(2) Register for 2 credits under the respective 280.500 Applied Experience PH section by completing the gold form (“Undergraduate Research, Independent Study, Internship and Departmental Thesis Form”) with your PHS Advisor and submitting it to the Registrar.

(3) Submit biweekly reports to Blackboard. Updates should be dated and model a journal entry.

(4) Upon completion, submit a Memorandum of Completion, signed by the faculty/staff who supervised the student, affirming that the student completed 80 hours of service. Students must also submit an evaluation of their site via Blackboard.

(5) Complete a synthesizing assignment (the Voice thread presentation, 8-10 page paper, or conference poster) at the end of the 80 hours. Students will submit their assignment to Blackboard.

 
Uncompensated applied experiences include (but are not limited to):

• An uncompensated internship with an organization engaged in Public Health

• Participation in Health Leads or other student groups with significant non-student oversight. To find out whether your student group’s work can count as an Applied Experience, please speak with the AE Coordinator.



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Research Applied Experiences

• Public Health Studies Research (280.505 or 280.511): This course number can be used for customized Applied Experience opportunities you develop in collaboration with PHS faculty (Dr. Gebo or Dr. Goodyear) and an on-site public health professional specific to your area of interest. The applied experience should be pre-approved by the participating faculty member who oversees your work and awards academic credit. All research must be approved by Dr. Gebo or Dr. Goodyear, and have all necessary IRB approvals. If you are interested in this option, please speak with the AE Coordinator about details.

Students pursuing this option will:

(1) Complete the Applied Experience Agreement with their PHS Sponsor or AE Coordinator prior to beginning the 80 hours required for the Applied Experience; and

(2) register for 2-3 credits of independent academic work by completing the gold form (“Undergraduate Research, Independent Study, Internship and Departmental Thesis Form”) with your PHS Sponsor and submitting it to the Registrar.

(3) Submit regular updates, as requested by your PHS Sponsor to Blackboard. Updates should be dated and model a journal entry.

(4) Upon completion, submit a Memorandum of Completion, signed by the faculty/staff who supervised the student, affirming that the student completed 80 hours of service. Students must also submit an evaluation of their site at this time via Blackboard.

(5) Complete a synthesizing assignment (the Voice thread presentation, 8-10 page paper, or conference poster) at the end of the 80 hours. Students will submit their assignment to Blackboard.
 

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Compensated Applied Experiences

Students certainly may find paid employment that is relevant to the purpose and mission of the Applied Experience. If you believe that a paid position qualifies, speak to your academic advisor. It is possible to have the experience satisfy this requirement for the major on your checklist, but you will not receive academic credit on your transcript. Other procedural steps are the same:

(1) Complete the Applied Experience Agreement with  AE Coordinator prior to beginning the 80 hours required for the Applied Experience; and

(2) submit biweekly reports via Blackboard. Updates should be dated and model a journal entry.

(3) Upon completion, submit a Memorandum of Completion, signed by the faculty/staff who supervised the student, affirming that the student completed 80 hours of service. Students must also submit an evaluation of their site via Blackboard.

(4) Complete a synthesizing assignment (the Voice thread presentation, 8-10 page paper, or conference poster) at the end of the 80 hours. Students will submit their assignment to Blackboard.

 
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Course-Based Applied Experiences

Some courses include significant applied experience as part of the course requirements. These may satisfy your Applied Experience requirement. Discuss options with your advisor – some examples include but are not limited to:

• Public Health Honors (280.495 & 280.499)
• Health Data Analysis Practicum (280.347)
• Intro to Urban Policy/ Urban Policy Internship (195.477 & 195.478)
• Study Abroad that incorporates an 80 hour field-based Public Health component (e.g SIT).

Students pursuing this option will:

(1) Complete the Applied Experience Agreement with the AE Coordinator prior to beginning the course

(2) Upon completion, submit a Memorandum of Completion, signed by the faculty/staff that supervised the student, affirming that the student completed 80 hours of service. Students must also submit an evaluation of their site via Blackboard.

(3) Structured experiences offer graded credit, and require no additional synthesizing assignment beyond the final assignments completed for the graded credit. Students choosing this option will submit the final paper or product required by the class to Blackboard.


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