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Applied Practice Experience

MPH students complete an appropriate curriculum, grounded in foundational public health knowledge and foundational competencies with specialized knowledge and expertise in a selected public health discipline.  Students have an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the curriculum, and demonstrate a broad understanding of the areas basic to public health through the Applid Learning Experience (APE).

The principle objective of the APE is to allow each student to demonstrate an ability to apply public health knowledge into a service learning or practical experience.  The APE may be completed in a governmental, non-governmental, non-profit, industrial, university-affiliated, and/or for-profit settings.  Activities completed during the APE should be primarily focused on community engagement and should be mutually beneficial to the site and the student.  Upon completion of the APE, students will have prepared at least two work products that are linked to competencies selected by the student and agreed upon by the site supervisor and faculty

The minimum contact time requirement of 200 hours is required.  Students should work with the site to identify the amount of time required to produce quality products for the practice site and to accomplish the expressed learning objectives of the APE.  Completion of APE may be done at multiple sites or a single site if significant time is needed to complete the two required work products.  Students with current or previous work experience may qualify for an APE wavier.

Currently Approved Sites

Ephriam McDowell Regional Medical Center
Gainesville Hematology & Oncology Associates
Hardin Memorial Hospital
Lake Cumberland District Health Department
Laurel Co. Health Department
Madison Co. Health Department
Mercer Co. Health Department
Michael Mallotz Skilled Nursing Pavilion
Muhlenberg Co. Health Department
Owensboro Mercy Health System, Inc.
Pattie A. Clay Hospital
Southern Hills Medical Center
St. Mary's Health System, Inc.
Susan Vanstone
UK Center for Rural Health
UK Kentucky Clinic
University of Kentucky Hospital
Veterans Administration Medical Center, Portland, OR
Veterans Affairs Medical Center -Louisville
Whitehouse Clinic, Berea and McKee
Williamsburg Nursing Home

Other Possible Sites (agreement required)

Adanta Clinical Services
Alzheimer's Association
American Heart Association
Baptist Healthcare System, Inc.
Berea Family Resource Center
Berea Hospital
Buckhorn Cabinet for Family Services
Central Baptist Hospital
Creative Water Solutions
Cumberland Co. Cooperative Extension Service
EKU Student Health Services
Estill Co Health Dept
Fort Hamilton Hospital Center for Health & Wellness
Health Education Through Extension Leadership (HEEL)
International Coal Group, Inc
Kentucky Easter Seal Society, Inc.
Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates
Ky DPH, Division of Epi. & Health HIV/AIDS
Ky DPH, Division of Epidemiology & Health Plan
Lake Cumberland District Health Department
Laurel Co. Health Department
Lexington-Fayette Co. Health Dept.
Louisville Metro Center for Health Equity
Madison Co. Health Department
Mercer Co. Health Department
Mercy Health Partners
Mercy Health Partners
Mulenburg Co HD
Pediatric & Adolescent Associates
Richmond Active Day Center
Southern Kentucky Rehabilitation Hospital
St. Joseph Hospital
St. Luke Hospital West
UK Kentucky Clinic
University of Kentucky Children's Hospital

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