Experiential Learning Component

Experiential Learning Component

The public health major requires students to carry out an experiential learning component (ELC). The ELC will provide students with an opportunity to gain public health experience that complements their coursework. Unless the experience is pre-approved, students should receive approval in advance by the Public Health Coordinator.  Majors must complete at least one of the following experiential learning options:

  • Take a Community Based Learning (CBL) course with a public health-related placement. Pre-approved courses include:

    • Anth 3072: Medicine and Meaning with CBL
    • Soc 246: Aging and Society with CBL
    • Psyc 413: Community Psychology with CBL
  • Carry out public health-related research (summer or semester).
    • Independent Study (.5 of 1 unit)
    • SYE
  • Complete an internship relevant to public health
  • Complete an internship, research, or community-based component relevant to public health as part of an off-campus program.
    • Denmark Program
    • Kenya Semester IDS
    • London Program Internship
    • NYC Semester
    • CIIS Travel Grant

No additional credit is necessary to fulfill the ELC requirement. It can be fulfilled with opportunities listed above or with an alternative public health-related experience. Alternatives must be approved in advance by the Public Health Program Coordinator. Alternative experiences should typically involve a minimum of 50 cumulative hours and be at least six weeks in duration. If pursuing an alternative experience, students are required to write a reflection (400-500 words) on how the experience relates to at least two PH Learning Goals after completion of the experience.