Internships & Applied Practice Experience Opportunities

MPH in Maternal and Child Health students are required to engage in a 192-320 hour (3-5 credit hours) applied practice experience (APE) to acquire experience and develop skills in the application of public health concepts in MCH. Most students complete their APE between their first and second year in the program; however, this is not required. Students must register for IPHS 650 and have their APE placement approved by the program.


Maternal and Child Health students can choose to participate in internships or APEs at non-profit organizations, public health departments, and other health agencies in Chicago, in Illinois, other locations in the United States, or abroad. The experience must be related to improving the health of the maternal and child population.

MCH Epidemiology students are required to participate in epidemiology internships at a state or local public health department or at sites in which state or local MCH data are heavily utilized. MCHEPI APE opportunities must be approved by the CoE-MCH even if the student has matriculated through the Epidemiology Division.

Some sites that often host MCH and MCHEPI students include:

Click here for more information on Applied Practice Experience requirements at the School of Public Health. MCH and MCHEPI students can contact Dr. Brenikki Floyd in Community Health Sciences ( for assistance in identifying APE opportunities that will best meet your learning goals and needs. You can also direct general APE questions to Michele Rodriguez Taylor (

CityMatCH at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) is the national membership organization dedicated to promoting equity and improving the health of urban women, children, families, and communities. As a membership organization, CityMatCH provides education and training to over 160 health departments in large cities across the country.

The UIC-SPH CoE-MCH and CityMatCH offer an internship opportunity for MCH and MCHEPI MPH students each summer. Student interns will have the opportunity to assist with several national projects and events. More Information to come for 2021!