Experiential Learning Component (ELC) | St. Lawrence University Public Health

Experiential Learning Component (ELC)

***Given the unique circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty of the upcoming academic year, students graduating in spring 2021 with a Public Health minor will NOT be required to complete the Experiential Learning Component (ELC). We recognize that the challenges of arranging and being able to carry out these opportunities may be insurmountable in the current environment. Thus the ELC is OPTIONAL for all spring 2021 graduates at this time. The ELC continues to be a meaningful and highly valued opportunity and we encourage students to complete these experiences if possible.***


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:

  • 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. As part of their written reflection on the minor, students should document the work they did for the ELC, including how it fits into the bigger picture of their study of public health.

Public Health and Medicine:

Public health is a population centered approach that focuses on prevention of illness and promotion of health by understanding the root causes of disease in society.

Medicine is a complementary approach to health that focuses on the etiology and treatment of specific diseases in individual patients in a clinical setting.

While experiences in a clinical setting can provide opportunities to learn about health and disease, these placements often do not emphasize a population based approach or focus on prevention.
Its unlikely that a position in a clinical setting will provide experience in the practice of public health, and this is the goal of the ELC.