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Applied Practice Experience Support

The P3RC Applied Practice Experience (APE) awards support students in completing unpaid practicums with a focus on policy, practice, systems, and environmental (PPSE) approaches to population health.

Funding Description Heading link

funding application

Benefits of Funding:

  • Up to $5,000 per student.
  • Support for the creation of a public-facing blog post documenting your experience.
  • Graphic design and editorial support will be provided for creation of a public-facing graphically designed product, as applicable.

Who should apply:

  • Current MPH students enrolled at UIC School of Public Health.
  • Students must have accepted an unpaid practicum to start after May 16th, 2024. The placement must be approved by your division’s applied practice experience advisor and must fulfill all APE requirements.
  • Students who have already completed their APE are NOT eligible for this funding opportunity.

Requirements Heading link

Placement Site

APEs may be completed at any organization that satisfies the requirements of the APE program. Preference will be given to students working in a medically underserved area, rural area, or governmental public health site (e.g. local or state health departments).

Program Requirements

  • Complete all APE requirements, with a minimum of 192 hours in the field.
  • Produce a P3RC blog post on your experience.
  • Create a report based on your experience. As applicable, this requirement may be satisfied by creating one public-facing product using the P3RC Publication Series. Editorial and graphic design support will be provided by the P3RC.

Project Types

  • Projects designed to address social determinants of health to inform, create, evaluate, or promote sustainable change.
  • Projects designed to inform, create, evaluate, or promote a sustainable change or policy, practice, systems, or environmental change.
  • Example projects may include:
    • Development of capacity-building trainings for PPSE change
    • Community health assessments
    • Literature reviews, interviews/focus groups, or data analysis to inform the creation of a
    • Evaluation plan, work plan, or report related to a PPSE change
    • Policy analysis or proposal report
    • Creation of or implementation of a communications plan to promote a PPSE change

Application Information and Timeline Heading link

  • Apply by June 1st 2024, for APEs beginning after May 16th, 2024.
  • Awards will be announced mid-June
  • Virtual information session will be held mid-June



Contact: Amber Uskali, MPH Heading link

Assistant Director, Policy, Practice, and Prevention Research Center