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Integrated Learning Experience

About the Integrated Learning Experience

The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) requires that all professional degree programs "shall assure that each student demonstrate skills and integrations  of knowledge through a culmination experience." The goal of the Master of Public Health Integrated Learning Experience is to ensure the student's mastery of and ability to integrate the core public health principles and material learned in the Master of Public Health program as well as to determine if the student can apply this knowledge to issues that the student may confront as a professional. A student must demonstrate competency in all five core areas - biostatistics, epidemiology, health policy and management, environmental health science, and the social and behavioral sciences.

Pre-Requisites:  GSPH 5304, 5307, 5309, 5310, 5313, 5334, 5311. 

The student will have the choice between four alternative integrated learning experiences.

  • Research Thesis

If choosing the thesis option, the student will need to form a committee of at least three (3) members. Two members must be graduate faculty members from the Department of Public Health or other departments in TTUHSC if approved by the Department Chair. A third member may be from outside the institution (agency or academic). Committee members should have research interests in common with the student, or should be willing to help the student with the chosen research topic. The student will complete a thesis proposal which will be reviewed by the committee and approved before the project begins.

Once the committee has signed off on the thesis, the student should schedule an oral presentation/thesis defense. All faculty and students will be invited to the presentation of the student's research. Students should finalize the time and date of the presentation at least one week in advance.  Students should refer to the GSBS Academic Calendar for deadlines and additional information.

 

  • Public Health Project

The purpose of the ILE Project is to provide the student with an integrated learning experience where the student applies the knowledge and skills learned in the MPH program to conduct work (under the supervision of the student's advisor) or a project related to a specific public health issue or problem as well as the students ability to actively apply this knowledge towards the solution of the issue or problem. ILE Projects are generally very applied in nature and provide some sort of materials, guide, or plan that can be used immediately by the community, agency, or group that is facing the public health issue or problem at hand.

The topic of the ILE Project must be relevant to the field of public health. Project topics and scope are mutually agreed upon by the student and the student's project committee, which must consist of at least two faculty members. If a student is conducting the project at their workplace, the topic of the project must be outside the framework of regular employment duties and responsibilities.

After selecting a project topic, the student will prepare a written proposal that details what is to be accomplished and how it will be completed. The written proposal must be approved by the student's project committee. The student's project committee should consist of two graduate faculty members from the Department of Public Health or other departments in the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center if approved by the Chair of the Department.

 

  • Comprehensive Examination

The goal of the Master of Public Health Comprehensive Examination is to test the student's mastery of and ability to integrate the core public health principles and material learned in the Master of Public Health program as well as to determine if the student can apply this knowledge to issues that the student may confront as a professional. A student must demonstrate competency in all five core areas - Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Health Policy and Management, Environmental Health Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences.

The exam content consist of an essay on a public health issue to demonstrate a student's mastery of knowledge related to all core areas of public health. Students are given a case study outlining a public health problem and specific questions centered on the core areas of public health. Student's responses should demonstrate a sophisticated and through grasp of the concepts, background, and tools necessary to answer the questions.

 

  • Capstone Course

The goal of the Capstone Course will be to encourage students to reflect on the competencies they have acquired during their academic program using an evidence - based public health framework that integrates their knowledge gained through coursework and practicum experiences, allowing each student to understand both the overall public health problem - solving approach and the contributions of each discipline to that approach.

The Capstone Course will focus on a group project approach therefore, there must be a minimum of five (5) students that have selected the capstone course option in order for it to be offered.

 

Students should submit their choice of integrated learning experience via the integrated learning experience selection form below to either John Baker at the Lubbock Campus or Patrick Lloyd at the Abilene Campus the semester before enrolling in the integrated learning experience (GSPH 5399).

 

Integrated Learning Experience Selection Form

 

 

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