During the final semester(s) of study, students are required to complete an integrative learning experience that demonstrates synthesis of foundational and program competencies. ILEs require two products: 1) a high-quality written product and 2) a presentation on the ILE.
High-quality written products can take many forms (e.g. mentored research report, journal article, grant application, policy development, project plan, evaluation or technical report, etc.)
Regardless of the type of product, the written portion of the ILE must minimally contain:
- Clearly defined overview, background and significance, or statement of the problem
- Thorough literature review
- Discussion or critical analysis
- Recommendations, public health implications, or conclusions
Students can complete their written ILE through curricular or co-curricular pathways. Each pathway requires students to submit a proposal, first draft, final draft, and final revision. Details on how the ILE is assessed are found in the MPH Student Handbook and MPH Student organizational site on Blackboard.
PH 599, Thesis, is six-credit hours and must follow requirements set forth by the Graduate School. The thesis and public defense meet both ILE requirements.
PH 588, Capstone, is a three-credit hour applied practice experience class. As part of the course, students must complete an individual, evidence-based project/report; this is presented to the client. The project/report and presentation meet both ILE requirements.
PH 530, Independent Investigations, is a one- to three-credit hour class that allows students, under faculty supervision, to pursue an individual research or practice interest. Students may use this course to complete the written portion of their ILE.
PH 546, Internship, may provide opportunities for students to complete the written portion of the ILE.
Co-curricular APEs may provide opportunities for students to complete the written portion of the ILE, if the competency-based project meets the guidelines.
Co-curricular Research Projects can be used to for the written portion of the ILE.
Take-home Essay Exams can be requested for the written portion of the ILE. Requests must be submitted via email to the MPH program coordinator no later than the beginning of the third week of the student's final semester of study.
ILEs other than thesis or capstone projects will be presented online during the last week of classes. Instructions for presentations are posted in the MPH Student organizational site on Blackboard.
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)