Applied Practice and Career Services
The Office of Applied Practice Experiences and Career Services, which is abbreviated APECS and pronounced “apex,” provides students with centralized support and an array of services. Located in suite 300 of the Urban Life Building on the Atlanta campus, APECS hosts career fairs, workshops, seminars and panels with industry experts. It also offers one-on-one career services counseling and resume analysis.
Proposing an Applied Practice Experience (APE)
To initiate the Applied Practice Experience (APE), students must first meet the eligibility requirements set by the MPH curriculum and verified by the Graduate Advisor. Once deemed eligible, students gain access to the pre-requirement application form, facilitated by the Applied Practice Experience and Career Services (APECS) team. The information below serves as an overview of the proposed APE project, and students are required to follow a series of steps to outline their project, including activities and competency alignment. The list of MPH competencies can be found here for reference.
To ensure a smooth process and to meet the registration deadline, it is crucial to complete the following steps in the specified order well in advance:
- Verify APE Eligibility: Students should confirm their eligibility for the APE with their Graduate Advisor.
- Pre-Requirement Application: APECS will collaborate with the Graduate Advisor to send the Pre-Requirement Application to eligible students.
- Identify preceptor and APE opportunity: Students need to locate a suitable APE opportunity and identify a preceptor who will supervise their APE.
- Complete the Pre-Requirement Application: Students are responsible for thoroughly reviewing and filling out the Pre-Requirement Application form.
- Electronic learning contract: Students must carefully review and complete their portion of the electronic learning contract, which outlines the details and expectations of the APE.
- Preceptor's review and completion: The electronic learning contract is automatically sent to the designated preceptor, who will review the document and complete their section.
- Faculty review and completion: After the preceptor's section is filled, the electronic learning contract is automatically forwarded to the relevant faculty members, who will review and complete their respective sections.
- APE Coordinator and APE Team review and completion: Finally, the electronic learning contract is routed to the APE Coordinator and APE Team, who will review the document and complete their sections.
Career Management Resources
Download the Career Planning Handbook or pick up a copy in the Office of Academic Assistance and Career Services.
There is an abundance of information, tips, templates, and examples to guide you in drafting a successful resume and cover letter. The key is to always have an updated resume available that can be tailored to specific opportunities as they arise. Ask friends and colleagues to review your resume to correct errors and ensure your descriptions are understood.
Follow the 80/20 rule in your job search efforts – spend 80 percent of your time developing your professional network and 20 percent of your time applying to jobs. The best way to expand network and nurture professional relationships is through informational interviews.
"Five Tips for Informational Interviews"
- American Public Health Association, Career Mart
- American Public Health Association, Public Health Links
- American Public Health Association, Public Health Fellowships
- CDC Jobs
- CDC Professional Development Opportunities
- Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists
- Indeed.One Search. All Jobs
- Public Health Employment Connection
- United States Department of Health and Human Services: HHS Careers
- USAJOBS. gov
- NIH Jobs
- APHA Public Health Fellowship in Government
- Association for Prevention Teaching and Research
- Association of Public Health Laboratories
- Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH)
- CDC Public Health Fellowships
- Kaiser Database of Fellowships and Internships in Health Policy and Related Fields
- Maternal and Child Health Bureau – Graduate Student Internship Program (GSIP)
- MD Anderson Cancer Prevention Research Training Program
- NCHS/Academy Health Policy Fellowship
- NIH Research Training & Research Career Development
- Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE)
- Occupational Health Internship Program
- The Occupational Health Summer Internship Program (OHIP)
- U.S. Department of Labor’s Internship Program
Georgia State University Career Services is a full service center for all students. Drop-in resume review, mock interviewing, workshops, and self-assessments are just a few of the services provided by professionals in the center. Learn more by visiting their website or visiting on campus.
260 University Center
Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Walk-in Résumé Reviews:
(No appointment necessary)
Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Main Reception Line: 404-413-1820
Main Fax Line: 404-413-1825
Office of Applied Practice Experiences and Career Services
Career and Employer Relations Specialist
Master of Public Health (MPH) Students
for Career Services