The Integrative Learning Experience (ILE) demonstrates the synthesis of all MPH Program Competencies through the course of the MPH degree. The ILE is completed at or near the end of the program of study (e.g., in the final year or term) and represents the culmination of MPH educational endeavors.

APEX and ILE handbook

The APEX and ILE Handbook contains answers to logistical and technical questions related to both experiences. When a student has questions about the APEX or ILE, they should first refer to this handbook. Please also see a helpful ILE checklist (pdf).

Faculty advisors

All students will identify a second public health faculty member during their second semester in the MPH program. Both the assigned faculty advisor and the additional faculty advisor will guide and review the ILE components.

ILE components

The ILE consists of three components. All ILE components must be completed no more than two years after the completed coursework.

Poster and poster session

All students will be required to participate in a poster session about their APEX product. The poster session will be held during graduation week in the spring.

Written product

All students will produce a high-quality written product related to their APEX that is in line with the student’s educational and professional objectives. The written product shall be developed and delivered in a manner that is useful to the organization they worked with or applicable to external stakeholders. Examples of the ILE written product may include:

  • program evaluation report
  • training manual
  • policy statement
  • legislative testimony with accompanying supporting research
  • surveillance report
  • manuscript for peer reviewed journal

Portfolio review

The portfolio is a living document, which is required and utilized throughout the MPH educational program to monitor progress in the mastery of public health competencies. Students continuously add to and update the portfolio with products and work examples from courses, group opportunities, volunteer experiences and the APEX.

Throughout the MPH Program, students periodically meet with their faculty advisor to discuss progress and assess the level of competence throughout the program. During these ongoing conversations, the student and faculty advisor mutually discuss areas of emphasis and/or enhancements needed.

During the final semester of the MPH Program, the student and faculty advisors plan a meeting to review the portfolio. The purpose of this meeting is to review and evaluate the full portfolio and assess whether the portfolio provides evidence that the student has mastered the competencies and is ready for public health practice and meets to the requirements for graduation.