Applied Experience


Global Health Brigades group working with community members in Honduras

Beyond providing students with outstanding public health courses, we require all public health studies majors to complete an approved 80-hour public health Applied Experience as part of their undergraduate degree.

This requirement involves a supervised, hands-on experience working with public health professionals. The intent is to engage students in activities that align with the student’s area of interest. Students can fulfill this requirement by volunteering with a local organization, interning with a nongovernmental organization, or working on a research project under a faculty mentor. Through the applied experience, we aim to afford each student the opportunity to participate in population-level change in a meaningful way.

“The point of Applied Experience is, in my opinion, entirely subjective. I cannot quantify or properly convey how much I have taken away from my time working with Communities CARING. My experience has been invaluable, and in addition to everything I have learned about Public Health and Baltimore, I have learned a lot about my abilities, my insecurities, and myself. I hope that as I continue working for CARING over the next year that I continue to grow as a person and as a Public Health student. In addition to the knowledge and experience I have gained, the people I have met and the relationships I have formed will always be some of the most important and invaluable connections I will ever make. I could not be happier to have picked such an amazing and fulfilling experience to complete my Applied Experience requirement and I cannot wait to continue my work with CARING this upcoming year.”
—Nadine Hassan, ’15