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Victory over disease and disability has become an understandably popular and realistic goal.
– Harold Varmus, M.D. Director National Cancer Institute, Nobel Prize Laureate

Integrative Learning Experience (ILE)

In the final semester of MPH training, students complete the ILE: a culminating project conducted under the supervision of a Faculty Advisor. The purpose of the ILE is to help each student integrate information and skills gained in coursework and the Applied Practice Experience to address a public health issue or problem. A wide variety of projects may be appropriate, including projects related to research, program evaluation, training a public health workforce, and community interventions to improve health.

Examples of recent MPH ILE projects include:


  • Creating an adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Brochure
  • A storyboard initiative to improve cold-holding practices at food facilities
  • Creating an infographic displaying the results of health and weight benefits of a worksite wellness program.
  • Implementing an intervention to improve self-efficacy in a fitness setting
  • A policy action plan on condom availability program in Chicago high schools