Applied Practice Experience Support

Field Practice, part of the Office of Careers and Practice, provides an array of resources to support and promote student participation in public health field-practice, including the administration of the required Applied Practice Experience (APEx). Field Practice works with all academic departments and programs, and develops inter-disciplinary practice sites available to students across the School. 

As an accredited public health school and program, we are required to provide Applied Practice Experience (APEx) or practicum to our students as part of the graduation requirement. The APEx consists of a planned, supervised and evaluated practice experience. The APEx allows you to explore your passion and gain real world skills, as well as apply classroom teachings in a field setting of your choice. During your APEx you will focus on several competencies set by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH) as well as some set by your department.

Examples of previous practicum projects include:

  • Curriculum and training Development at Young Men's Health Initiative

  • Community Needs Assessment for a UNICEF WASH program in Laos

  • Program evaluation at Planned Parenthood

  • Evaluation of an HIV prevention intervention in Rakai, Uganda

  • School Health Vision Project, NYC Office of School Health, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

  • Development of a health assessment process for use at a refugee camp in Jordan

Contact: msph-ofp [at] cumc.columbia.edu