Graduate Applied Practice Experiences (GrAPEs)
The MPH is a professional practice degree, and as such, we believe it is important for students to be exposed to and involved in public health practice throughout the program. Each MPH student must earn a minimum of 100 hours working with or working in a practice setting.
Students earn GrAPEs in a variety of ways – some in class, some outside of class -- but all have the following requirements in common:
- Applies content learned in courses to a public health problem.
- Substantial interaction with a public health or related organization.
- Competency-based product developed during the experience.
- Structured reflection on the experience.
Per accreditation requirements, each MPH student must produce a minimum of two products that demonstrate a minimum of five competencies, of which at least three must be foundational competencies. Students must turn in their proposals, summary reports, and products to the GrAPE coordinator. Additional information and forms are in the MPH organizational site on Blackboard.
PH 546, Internship, is a one – six credit hour field-based experience in a public health or related organization. Each credit hour of internship is equal to one GrAPE unit. Instructions and forms are housed in the MPH Blackboard organizational site. If taken, the internship should be completed near the end of the program.
PH 588, Capstone, is a three credit-hour applied practice experience course that counts for three GrAPE units. Students work the entire semester on a project for an external public health or related client. If taken, capstone should be completed near the end of the program.
Course-Embedded Projects allow students to earn up to three units of GrAPEs within the course, and are offered at the discretion of the instructor.
Group GrAPE Projects must be approved prior to beginning to ensure the project meets the GrAPE requirements. Instructions and forms are housed in the MPH Blackboard organizational site.
Individual GrAPE Projects must be approved prior to beginning to ensure the project meets the GrAPE requirements. Instructions and forms are housed in the MPH Blackboard organizational site. Students are encouraged to create projects that speak to their interests and passions.
Agency-Requested GrAPEs. Students who are K-PHAST certified may use Kentucky Public Health Assistance and Support Team (K-PHAST) mobilization activities toward GrAPE requirements. Similarly, if an agency request a student or group of students to assist with an activity, these can count as well. Instructions and forms are housed in the MPH Blackboard organizational site.
AHEC Scholars is a two year program designed to prepare students to work on interdisciplinary teams in the ever evolving healthcare field. Involves 40 hours of online didactic training and 40 hours of community and clinical training in a rural or underserved area each year. Instructions and forms are housed in the MPH Blackboard organizational site.