The Integrative Learning Experience (ILE) is the culminating requirement for the MPH program. The ILE is completed at or near the end of the program of study (e.g., in the final year or term). Each student completes an ILE under the supervision of a faculty mentor. Although the specific ILE requirements vary by major, every student produces a high-quality written product at the end of the program that demonstrates synthesis and mastery of foundational public health and major competencies. Written products might include the following: program evaluation report, training manual, policy statement, take-home comprehensive essay exam, legislative testimony with accompanying supporting research, etc. A poster presentation is not an acceptable high-quality written product. Ideally, the written product is developed and delivered in a manner that is useful to external stakeholders, such as non-profit or governmental organizations.
What are the ILE requirements?
Each MPH major has differing requirements for ILE because it is tailored to the competencies of the major. Students, in consultation with faculty, select foundational and major-specific competencies appropriate to the student’s educational and professional goals.
Students in Community Health and Prevention (CHP), Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH), and Health Management & Policy (HMP) have three options for ILE:
Students work with their faculty mentor to complete a project with a partner organization. This internship can be a continuation of their APE or a new placement. Students must find their own placement.
Students work with their faculty mentor to identify an appropriate data set and complete a data analysis project.
Students work with their faculty mentor to identify an appropriate project and complete a research project.
Students in Epidemiology complete a data analysis project for ILE:
Students work closely with their faculty mentor to identify an appropriate data set and complete a data analysis project.
Executive, Global Health, and Urban Health students complete a capstone course for ILE:
Students enroll in a capstone course and complete their ILE within that course under the direction of the course instructor.
What is the difference between the APE and ILE?
The Applied Practical Experience (APE) is an opportunity for students to put into practice skills learned in the classroom. Applied practice experiences may involve governmental, non-governmental, non-profit, industrial, and for-profit settings or appropriate university-affiliated settings. To be appropriate for applied practice experience activities, university-affiliated settings must be primarily focused on community engagement, typically with external partners. As part of the APE, students must complete two practical, non-academic deliverables that are beneficial to the community partner; examples of deliverables include project plans, grant proposals, training manuals or lesson plans, surveys, memos, videos, podcasts, presentations, spreadsheets, websites, photos (with accompanying explanatory text), or other digital artifacts of learning. Reflection papers, contact hour logs, scholarly papers prepared to allow faculty to assess the experience, poster presentations, and other documents required for academic purposes may not be counted toward the minimum of two deliverables. The Integrative Learning Experience (ILE) is completed at or near the end of the program of study (e.g., in the final year or term) and demonstrates synthesis of foundational and concentration competencies. Students in consultation with faculty select foundational and concentration-specific competencies appropriate to the student’s educational and professional goals. The ILE represents a culminating experience and may take many forms, such as a practice-based project, data analysis project, capstone course, etc. Regardless of form, the student produces a high-quality written product that is appropriate for the student’s educational and professional objectives.
How can I find an ILE project?
Internship, Data Analysis, and Research (CHP, EOH, EPI, HMP)
View the Dornsife ILE page to find more information on the ILE, and to see examples of past projects. Additionally, examples 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.
- You may be able to extend your APE experience into an ILE project with faculty mentor approval.
Capstone (Exec, GH, UH)
Your project will be guided by the course instructor who will provide direction and feedback.
Who do I contact with questions about the ILE for my major?
Please contact your faculty mentor with questions about your ILE.