Office of Applied Public Health (OAPH)

The Office of Applied Public Health (OAPH) supports students in applying the knowledge, skills, and theories learned in the classroom to real- world public health issues outside of the classroom. The Office builds relationships between academic, public health and government agencies, healthcare organizations, non-profit organizations, and communities to support practice-based education, research, and service to strategically expand and develop professional skills and competencies of the public health workforce. 

Applied Practice Experience (APEx)

The Applied Practice Experience (APEx) is a requirement of all Master of Public Health (MPH) students. The goal of the APEx is to help students apply the knowledge, skills, and theories learned in the classroom to real-world public health issues outside of the classroom. Guided by your departmental Practice Team, faculty, and preceptors, you will be able to demonstrate the attainment of MPH foundational and program-specific competencies, learn from public health professionals from a range of public and private sector disciplines, and jumpstart your public health career or career transition.

Doctorate of Public Health Applied Practice Experience (DAPEx)

The DrPH Applied Practice Experience (DAPEx) is a requirement of the Doctor of Public Health Program. The goal of the DAPEx is to advance the development of higher-level applied competencies and critical thinking relevant to student’s area(s) of specialization. The DAPEx is an opportunity to apply principles of leadership and management and public health theories and methodologies learned through the program coursework to real-life situations. 

Urban Health Program
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The DC Metro Urban Health Program (UHP) is a voluntary public health-focused, service-learning initiative open to all residential GW Public Health Students. Over the course of the Fall and Spring academic semesters, students from various professional backgrounds and fields of study are placed into Learning Communities according to their skills and interests to participate in meaningful community engagement with organizations in the DC Metro area. This program provides students with an opportunity to translate their public health knowledge learned in the classroom to practice in the larger DC community while gaining essential team and leadership skills.

HRSA Public Health Scholars Program (PHSP)

In partnership with the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), GWSPH was awarded nearly $1.5 million through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to strengthen the public health workforce through the Public Health Scholars Program (PHSP). The program provides full scholarships to students who are pursuing training in and a career in public health at local health departments. Each year the program will award 10 scholarships to students pursuing a MPH at Milken Institute SPH. Through academic and supplemental programming, the program provides public health training and skills building to prevent, prepare for, and respond to recovery activities related to COVID-19, as well as other public health emergencies. 

Cohort 2 Bios

Cohort 1 Bios

Press Release for Cohort 2 - Fall 2023

Press Release  for Cohort 1 - Fall 2022

PHSP Information Session Recording for Fall 2024 Cohort


Learn more about the APEx: Practicum & EPR, Preceptor Resources, Student Resources, DAPEx (DrPH), and Urban Health Program.