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Integrative Learning Experience


The purpose of the Integrative Learning Experience (ILE) is to demonstrate synthesis and application of competencies from your program of study . As such, you will complete the ILE near the end of your MPH -- however, it is something we encourage you to start thinking about well before then.

Successful completion of the ILE is a program requirement, but it also fulfills two different and equally important requirement from our accrediting agency and the Graduate School.  

  •  Accreditation Requirement. The Council on Education for Public health (CEPH) is the accrediting agency for MPH programs. Per CEPH, the ILE must be a high-quality, written paper that demonstrates competency synthesis. The paper’s content must align with a minimum of three competencies --two foundational (#1-22) and one programmatic (#23-27). 
  • Graduate School Requirement. The Graduate School requires all graduate degree programs have a comprehensive exam or capstone. The ILE fulfils this requirement.


ILE Paper

Your ILE topic must relate to a public health issue, but may take many forms, such as a research report, policy critique or development, program proposal/plan, evaluation report, or extensive literature review.  The form you select, like the topic, should reflect your professional interests. Regardless of the form you choose for your ILE, your paper must meet these four content requirements:

  • Clearly defined overview, background and significance, or statement of the problem
  • Thorough literature review
  • Discussion or critical analysis
  • Recommendations, public health implications, or conclusions

Your ILE paper is assessed by a minimum of two reviewers, using rubrics found in the ILE Guidebook.  A passing score is required on each section.




ILE Deadlines

Proposal: Week 3 of semester

First Draft: Week 7 of semester

Final Draft: Week 11 of semester

Final Revisions: Week 14 of semester

(adjusted slightly for summer session)


ILE Guidebook



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