Integrated Learning Experience (MPH)

The Integrated Learning Experience (ILE) is the culminating experience for the full-time MPH degree, including dual degree programs such as the MD/MPH, JD/MPH, and MBA/MPH. Completed throughout the final academic year of the program, students gain public health experience relevant to their major. Students find opportunities in similar ways as the APE, either through their own independent searches, faculty mentor connections, or via Symplicity. Click here to find more information on the ILE, and to see examples of past projects.

How are the APE and ILE similar/different?

Both the Applied Practical Experience and the Integrated Learning Experience are practical experiences where skills learned in the classroom are applied to real-world situations. Like the APE, the ILE can be a specific project or an internship with multiple projects and activities, depending upon one’s major, and can be either research or practice. Also like the APE, the ILE counts for academic credit; however, the specific course(s) vary by program:

These courses are generally completed during the second year, after the APE.

What are the requirements for the ILE?

The ILE is designed to integrate public health academic studies with public health practice skills. These projects must:

  • Benefit the community or a particular target population
  • Support SPH goals and objectives
  • Directly relate to a student’s academic goals and professional interests
  • Involve appropriate SPH faculty as preceptors and advisors.

Additionally, the ILE must fulfill at least 2 of the 22 CEPH competencies.

Human Subjects Research

Review this memo outlining guidelines for Human Subjects Research.

Review the Human Subjects Research Assessment form (available as a Word document and a PDF document) before submitting through Qualtrics.

ILE Timeline

Review this memo outlining guidelines for Human Subjects Research for a schedule of important dates for the 2021-2022 academic year.

  • Start looking for an ILE project (more information here)
  • You should have a project identified prior to the start of the fall quarter.
  • Literature Review
  • Complete IRB Form sent by Sarah Saxton, Director of Research Administration, to determine if you need IRB approval or a Letter of Reliance
  • Complete Learning Agreement
  • Submit IRB
  • Complete ILE Proposal
  • Continue/complete ILE Research
  • Make an appointment with the Drexel Writing Center to review materials
  • Oral Defense
  • ILE Thesis
How can I find an ILE project?

View the Dornsife ILE page to find more information on the ILE, and to see examples of past projects. Additionally, a list of past projects for either the APE or ILE organized by topic and organization can be found here.

  • Talk to your faculty mentor about your interests; they may be able to connect you with someone in that field
  • Contact another professor at Dornsife whose area of research matches your interests
  • Check Symplicity for available projects
  • Contact the Public Health Research Librarian, Kathleen Turner
  • Check with Mary Carty to find local companies or organizations in the area that might be a good fit
  • You may be able to turn your APE experience into an ILE project