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IPE, PE, IP (Fall 2018 & after)

Overview

Practice Experience

Interprofessional

Integrative Project

Degree requirements for students in all MPH programs who matriculated in Fall 2018 or later must complete an Interprofessional Experience (UNI or IPE course), 4 credits of Practice Experience course, and a 1 credit Integrative Project course.

Students who entered their MPH degree program prior to Fall 2018, must complete the Field & Culminating Experiences.

Practice Experience Interprofessional Integrative Project
How many hours/credits? 4 credits in a single term or 2 credits in each of two contiguous terms; equivalent to 160 contact-hours in the organization A 1-2 credit approved IPE or UNI course. Students must refer to program handbooks for courses in each program that meet this requirement. 1 credit
Does it vary by MPH program? Yes Students must have completed at least 9 credits though it is suggested that they have completed 18 credits. Yes
When can I register?

After…

  • Completing 36 credits of the MPH program
  • Submission and approval (by Site Preceptor and Faculty Advisor) of your Learning Contract
Varying assignments After completing the Practice Experience. If the Practice Experience is completed over two terms, the Integrative Project can be completed concurrently with the second term of the Practice Experience.
Who provides guidance & oversight?

Your

  • Site Preceptor
  • Faculty Advisor
  • Program’s Practice Experience Coordinator/Instructor
Your Faculty Advisor. Your Faculty Advisor and the program’s Integrative Project Coordinator/Instructor
Who evaluates my work?

Your

  • Site Preceptor
  • Faculty Advisor
  • Program’s Practice Experience Coordinator/Instructor
The UNI or IPE course coordinators/instructors. Two SPH faculty members (other than your Faculty Advisor)
What products are required?

All of the following:

  • Competency-based Learning Contract
  • Midway Progress Report
  • Final Summary Report
  • Portfolio (Deliverables/competency demonstrations, and resume or cv)
  • 20-minute Oral Presentation (except MPH-Biostatistics students who have an oral in their comprehensive exam)
Assignments based on the UNI or IPE course coordinators/instructors. A high-quality written product of professional standard, demonstrating mastery of Foundational and Programmatic competencies. Appropriate products will vary by program and project goals.

Examples include:

  • a program evaluation plan or report
  • a high quality draft or publishable journal manuscript
  • a grant proposal
  • a health promotion or community engagement program plan
  • an economic analysis; or a policy analysis.


The Practice Experience is intended to provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate and apply their competency-based learning in a practice setting. Therefore, your registration in the Practice Experience must occur towards the end of your time in the MPH degree program. This timing allows you to apply newly gained skills, as well as the opportunity to reflect on your strengths and areas of needed development as you enter the field of public health.

You are free to choose the organizational setting. Our students have worked in city, county, state, and federal public health and public service agencies, public schools, urban and city planning organizations, and in non-governmental organizations, the public sector, health systems and Coordinated Care Organizations, and in academic programs that deliver community health interventions. As you think about potential placements, we recommend that you consider your professional goals, as well as the types of experiences and skills that you want to gain.
Please keep in mind that your role and responsibilities must be substantial and grounded in pre-identified competencies, and that simple shadowing and observing is not approvable for academic credit. In addition, you cannot engage in the delivery of clinical or social services, drive clients in your personal vehicle, advocate for pending public policy, or work on project data at home. The intent is for you to have an immersive experience as a member of a public health practice team outside of our OHSU-PSU School of Public Health (SPH). Your Faculty Advisor or other faculty with primary faculty appointments in the SPH cannot serve as your Site Preceptor, although you may work on projects that involve our faculty as team members.

You are responsible for finding a practice experience site. Students learn of potential placement opportunities from other students and recent alums, listservs and the SPH website, Faculty Advisors and program Practice Experience Coordinators/Instructors, and by attending the Oral Presentations of their fellow student peers. Before approaching a prospective site, make certain that you are prepared with a current resume or CV and can succinctly articulate your strengths and interests.

Once agreement has been reached on the potential scope of activities, then you will work with your Faculty Advisor and the Program Experience Coordinator/Instructor (depending on the MPH program) to assemble your Learning Contract, which is a form that includes the following elements:

  • Organizational description
  • Site Preceptor (supervisor)
  • Program description (mission and values)
  • Your specific role and responsibilities
  • Anticipated positionality and equity lens
  • At least three Foundational competencies to be addressed
  • At least two Programmatic competencies to be addressed
  • Mapping of competencies to completed coursework
  • Has signature approval from your Site Preceptor and Faculty Advisor

You may register in the Practice Experience after you have completed 36 credits in the program. It is also recommended that you have completed the CPH Exam prior to beginning your placement. You may take the entire 4 credits of Practice Experience in a single term, or split the credits 2-and-2 across two contiguous terms. Your Learning Contract should be submitted to your program’s Practice Experience Coordinator/Instructor by the end of the 5th week of the term prior to Practice Experience registration. Please note that participation in research activities will require advance review and approval by the Institutional Review Boards of OHSU or PSU; please consult with your Faculty Advisor early. There is also a special approval process for Practice Experiences located outside of the country. Please see OHSU’s Office of International Services or PSU’s Education Abroad (depending upon at which University you register) and allow time for review and approval of the International Elective Approval & Travel Waiver of Liability.

The Practice Experience is graded A-F and is based on the quality of the following work products:

  • Submission of the competency-based Learning Contract (by the end of the 5th week of the term prior)
  • Midway progress report to your Faculty Advisor and Practice Experience Coordinator/Instructor
  • Portfolio with resume or CV and work products and competency demonstrations
  • 20-minute oral presentation (typically the Wednesday afternoon of Finals Week; not required for MPH-Biostatistics students who have an oral in their comprehensive exam)

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 Integrative Project develops a high-quality written product of professional standard. This paper must demonstrate your ability to integrate Foundational and Programmatic competencies developed during your MPH training. It may be derived from your Practice Experience, or it may be a separate written document. Registration in the Integrated Project course may occur after, or simultaneously with, registration in the Practice Experience course.

The form of the paper is expected to vary by student and MPH program. Examples of substantive and approvable written products include:

  • a program evaluation plan or report
  • a high quality draft or publishable journal manuscript
  • a grant proposal
  • a health promotion or community engagement program plan
  • an economic analysis; or a policy analysis.

At minimum, the Integrative Project paper will contain a thoroughly defined overview, background and significance, a thorough literature review, a discussion or critical analysis that demonstrates integration of at least three Foundational and three Programmatic competencies, and a statement of your practice around equity and positionality.

We expect your paper will demonstrate: a thorough knowledge of a public health issue; the ability to articulate an “equity lens” (Foundational Competency #6) and an understanding of your positionality relative to the selected public health issue; the ability to apply existing theory and empirical evidence, the ability to articulate the public health implications of a policy, program, or research study, and effective written communication.

Your will submit your Integrative Project Proposal form, signed by your Faculty Advisor, to the program’s Integrative Project Coordinator/Instructor by the end of the 5th week of the term prior to registration in the Integrative Project course.

The form requires brief descriptions of all of the following:

  • the topic area and scope
  • applicability to professional goals
  • sources of empirical evidence
  • at least three Foundational Competencies to be addressed; one must include Foundational Competency #6
  • at least three Programmatic Competencies to be addressed
  • the primary public health implications

Your final paper will be reviewed by at least two SPH faculty other than your Faculty Advisor, and these faculty are likely to be cross-disciplinary and from outside of your specific MPH’s program. The grading rubric will follow the student learning objectives (knowledge of issue, application of theory, evidence integration of competencies, equity lens, and quality of writing). The Integrative Project paper course is graded A-F and carries 1-credit.