Practicum & Applied Practice Experience

 

APPLIED PRACTICE EXPERIENCE 

The Applied Practice Experience (APEx) is the applied learning experience required of all Master of Public Health (MPH) students as set forth by our accrediting body, the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). The APEx is an umbrella term for two tracks available for completion of this CEPH requirement, and is designed 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 Practicum Advisor/Director, 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).

During the APEx, you will have the chance to build the relationships critical to a strong and engaged professional network, collaborate on interprofessional teams, and gain relevant experience to your future career.

To successfully fulfill the APEx requirement, students must complete one of two tracks: The Practicum, or the Expedited Portfolio Review (EPR). The Practicum consists of a minimum of 120-hours at an approved public health organization (site) and must produce at least 2 work products that benefit the Practicum site and demonstrate the student’s attainment of the required competencies. 

Students will plan, submit, and log their practicum in the online practicum system, STEPS by Exxat (Exxat). To learn how to use Exxat visit the GWSPH Source: Practicum Page. Preceptors may find guidance in our Preceptor Online Practicum System Guidebook

Practicum Contact Information by Department

Environmental and Occupational Health
Peter LaPuma - plapuma@email.gwu.edu
Sabrina McCormick - sabmc@gwu.edu 
Jonathan Yoo - jonyoo@email.gwu.edu

Epidemiology & Biostatistics
Ann Goldman - annieg@gwu.edu
Joseph Schmitthenner- jschmitthenner@gwu.edu

Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
Michelle Stevens- mmsteven@gwu.edu 

Global Health
Nino Paichadze - npaichadze1@email.gwu.edu
Geri Kemper Seeley - gkemperseeley@gwu.edu
 
Health Policy and Management
Lara Cartwright-Smith - laracs@gwu.edu
Karey Harrigan - kharrigan@gwu.edu

MPH @ GW
Kelley Vargo - kmvfit@gwu.edu
Christiana Ebiasah - cebiasah@gwu.edu
Vivianne Alves De Sa- vivianne_a@email.gwu.edu
Sara Cho Kim - schokim@gwu.edu
Malika Hook-Muhammad - mahmuhammad@gwu.edu 
Ann Rich - richa@gwu.edu 
MPH@GW Advising - mphadvising@gwu.edu

Prevention and Community Health
Donald Strong - dastrong@gwu.edu
Courtney Coffey- ccoffey@gwu.edu

For IRB related inquiries, please contact:
SPH Student IRB Liaison -  SPHstudentIRB@gwu.edu

For technical assistance with the online practicum system (Exxat), please contact:
support@Exxat.com 

For all other inquiries:
Dr. Gene Migliaccio, geno@gwu.edu - Associate Dean for Applied Public Health
Dr. Jennifer Skillicorn, skilli_j@gwu.edu - Director for the Office of Applied Public Health

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PRACTICUM EXPERIENCE

The Practicum Experience is a planned, supervised, and evaluated project in which students gain practical skills and knowledge via a 120-hour real-world work experience with partners outside of GWSPH. During the Practicum, you will work under the supervision of your department’s Practicum Advisor and a Site Preceptor to develop skills and confidence as a public health professional contributing to a community’s resources and to the solution of public health problems. 

If you are new to the field of public health, the Practicum Experience serves as an important first step in a public health career, providing an introduction to the practical skills and experience necessary for a productive and fulfilling career. If you have had prior work experience, you will find that the Practicum Experience provides the opportunity to hone your skills or to gain new experience in a different area of public health. 

Students will plan, submit, and log their practicum in the online practicum system, STEPS by Exxat (Exxat). To learn how to use Exxat visit the GWSPH Source: Practicum Page.  

Practicum Resources

Department / Program Specific Resources

Practicum Contact Information by Department

Environmental and Occupational Health
Peter LaPuma - plapuma@email.gwu.edu
Sabrina McCormick - sabmc@gwu.edu 
Jonathan Yoo - jonyoo@email.gwu.edu

Epidemiology & Biostatistics
Ann Goldman - annieg@gwu.edu
Joseph Schmitthenner- jschmitthenner@gwu.edu

Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
Michelle Stevens- mmsteven@gwu.edu 

Global Health
Nino Paichadze- npaichadze1@email.gwu.edu
Geri Kemper Seely - gkemperseeley@gwu.edu
 
Health Policy and Management
Lara Cartwright-Smith - laracs@gwu.edu

MPH @ GW
Kelley Vargo -  kmvfit@gwu.edu
Christiana Ebiasah  - cebiasah@gwu.edu
Vivianne Alves De Sa- vivianne_a@email.gwu.edu
Sara Cho Kim- schokim@gwu.edu
MPH@GW Advising- mphadvising@gwu.edu

Prevention and Community Health
Donald Strong - dastrong@gwu.edu
Courtney Coffey- ccoffey@gwu.edu

For IRB related inquiries, please contact:
SPH Student IRB Liaison -  SPHstudentIRB@gwu.edu

For technical assistance with the online practicum system (GWork), please contact
Brandon Stumbo - bstumbo@gwu.edu 

For all other inquiries:
Dr. Gene Migliaccio, geno@gwu.edu - Associate Dean for Applied Public Health