Experiential Learning Component (ELC)

Experiential Learning Component (ELC):

The Experiential Learning Component (ELC) is intended to provide students with an opportunity to gain public health experience that complements their coursework. Minors must complete at least one of the following experiential learning options:

  • Study on an off-campus program approved by the Public Health Program Coordinator
  • Take a Community Based Learning (CBL) course with a public health placement approved by the Public Health Program Coordinator
  • Carry out independent public health-related research (short-term, summer, or semester; this could include an appropriate SYE project)
  • Complete an internship relevant to public health

Minors should consult with their advisor or the Public Health Program Coordinator about which option(s) will best suit their interests and complement their coursework. To complete and document the ELC, students must give a public presentation in which they describe and reflect on their experience at an approved venue such as the Festival of Scholarship and Creativity, Festival of Science, or a professional conference.  In addition, students must submit a one page statement chronicling their experience and how it meets their personal goals as well as those of the minor.  This presentation and statement must be completed the semester following completion of the experience or, if completed as a senior, prior to graduation.