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IPE, APE, ILE (Fall 2018 and after)

Overview

Applied Practice Experience

Interprofessional

ILE Capstone

Degree requirements for students in all MPH programs who matriculated in Fall 2018 or later must complete an Interprofessional Experience (IPE), an Applied Practice Experience (APE), and a Capstone (Integrative Learning Experience [ILE capstone]).

Applied Practice Seminar Interprofessional ILE Capstone
What is this? A 1-credit course where students will detail how competencies were addressed through practice experiences A 1-2 credit approved IPE or UNI course. Students must refer to program handbooks for courses in each program that meet this requirement. A 4-credit course that demonstrated integrative learning. Varying options are available by program.
When does it occur? Practice experiences can occur from beginning of program; registration in the Seminar is suggested after completing at least 18 credits but suggested after completing 24 credits. Students must have completed at least 9 credits though it is suggested that they have completed 18 credits. Students must have completed at least 42 credits
Key products Portfolio Varying assignments Substantial written product


Practice
Students must engage in at least two applied practice experiences as the basis for developing their seminar portfolio. These practice experiences should occur before enrolling in the seminar. Practice experiences may include a practicum or internship, course-based activities, co-curricular activities, community services, volunteering, and other experiences. They must, however, address a minimum of five competencies across the experiences. Please see more detailed information and further examples here. Possible experiential opportunities are listed and updated frequently on the SPH website, https://ohsu-psu-sph.org/jobs-opportunities/.

Seminar
The 1-credit Applied Practice Experience (APE) seminar, CPH 513, is is required for all MPH degree programs and supports students in developing a portfolio that demonstrates attainment of competencies that align with their career interests. The APE Seminar is graded P/NP, and serves to help students reflect on and compose a detailed narrative about their attainment of MPH foundational and program competencies. Students should have completed approximately 24 credits before registering for the APE seminar.

How to Register
Students who wish to register in the Seminar must complete this Qualtrics form by the fifth Friday of the term if they wish to enroll the following term. The Seminar faculty will then determine if the student is eligible to enroll in the Seminar.

Interprofessional education is when students from two or more professions learn about, from, and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes. The Interprofessional Experience course is a requirement for all MPH degree programs, and is met in different ways in different programs.

Interprofessional education occurs when students from two or more professions learn with, from, and about each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes. The Interprofessional Experience course is a requirement for all MPH degree program students who matriculated in Fall 2018 or later, and is met in different ways in different programs.

Students in the Biostatistics, Environmental Systems and Human Health, and Epidemiology MPH programs must take Qualitative Methods for Health Professionals (UNI 504) to meet the Interprofessional Experience requirement. Students in Biostatistics may elect to take an approved qualitative methods course within the SPH. If so, they may also take IPE 512, 513, 514, or 515.

Students in the Health Management and Policy program meet the IPE requirement by taking IPE 512, IPE 513, IPE 514, or IPE 515. Other courses with the IPE or UNI prefix may also be taken to satisfy this requirement, but must be approved in advance by the student’s faculty advisor.

Students in the Health Promotion program meet the IPE requirement by taking IPE 510, IPE 512, IPE 513, IPE 514 or IPE 515. Other courses with the IPE or UNI prefix may also be taken to satisfy this requirement, but must be approved in advance by the student’s faculty advisor.

Students in the MPH in Public Health Practice program meet the IPE requirement by taking IPE 512, 513, 514, or 515. Please see the student handbook for more information.

Satisfying the Interprofessional Experience requirement is done according to the table below:

MPH Program IPE Requirement
Biostatistics UNI 504, Qualitative Methods for Health Professionals
Environmental Systems and Human Health UNI 504, Qualitative Methods for Health Professionals
Epidemiology UNI 504, Qualitative Methods for Health Professionals
Health Management and Policy IPE 512, IPE 513, IPE 514, or IPE 515, per the Student Handbook
Health Promotion IPE 510, IPE 512, IPE 513, IPE 514, or IPE 515, per the Student Handbook
Public Health Practice IPE 512, 513, 514, or 515. Please see the Student Handbook for more information.

The 4-credit Capstone is an integrative learning experience (ILE) and an opportunity for students to draw upon and synthesize competencies (knowledge, skills and abilities) from across their program of study and which are most closely aligned with their interests and career goals. The ILE Capstone is a degree requirement for all MPH program students who matriculated in Fall 2018 or later, and is graded A-F.

The Capstone requirement may take the form of a data-based research project, a project that entails the practical application of knowledge and skills to a current public health issue, or a project undertaken in collaboration with a community-based or governmental organization such as a local or state health department, research center, or a health or social service agency.

As the defining feature of the Capstone, the student creates a substantial written product that is appropriate for their educational and professional objectives, and which informs the field of public health more generally. As part of the project, students are likely to draw on knowledge, skills and work completed throughout their degree program studies.

Students should work with their faculty advisor and the Capstone/ILE faculty to develop their project. Because it is intended to integrate knowledge, skills, and abilities gained across the curriculum, the Capstone should be undertaken toward the end of the overall program of study. Thus, students must have completed at least 42 credits, including all core courses, before registering for Capstone credits.