The Applied Practice Experience (APE) is a required component of the San Juan Bautista School of Medicine (SJBSM) Master of Public Health (MPH) program. The principle objectives of the APE include: (1) Apply knowledge, techniques, and skills acquired during coursework; (2) Provide students with practical experience in an applied public health and/or community health setting; (3) Develop and apply skills in public health; and (4) Provide students with an opportunity to learn how one particular organization functions.

The APE is an approved, planned, and supervised field-based experience in a community-based settings. The SJBSM MPH Program APE is part of the MPH 5321 Health Promotion & Disease Prevention course offered during the summer session of the fisrt year and the MPH 5602-Evidence Based Methods in Public Health course offered during the first semester of second year.

For each one of the courses described above students will ask to identify a community based setting and the preceptor, complete a proposal including the selection of 5 competencies to be attained during the APE, a product, a written report, a power point presentation, and portfolio including all the material related to the APE. The APE objectives, timeline, and product should be outlined in the APE Proposal, and agreed upon by student and preceptor at the beginning of the APE.

Students are eligible to register in the course after approving satisfactorily (a grade not less than C) the MPH 3101 Fundamentals in Public Health course and courses in each one of the five core disciplines of the public health field (Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Health Policy and Management, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Environmental Health Sciences).