Undergraduate Experiential Learning

Photo montage of students working in a lab, in a flooded area and on a farm with the caption 'learn by doing'.

Public health majors at the University of Iowa apply what they learn in the classroom to real-world public health experiences. Our students learn by doing, and as they do, they develop skills that are critical for success in the workplace, in graduate/professional schools, and in their community. All public health majors at the University of Iowa must successfully complete at least one of the following experiences to graduate: research, internship, global learning, or service learning.

To complete this practice-based experience, students will enroll in one of the four courses listed below. After securing a professional experience, students must register for the appropriate course on MyUI and pay tuition and fees based upon the number of credit hours (0-3) earned.  The course is used to fulfill the experiential learning degree requirement and the course can be repeated.

For the most up to date information on dates and policies, students are advised to check the experiential learning ICON course: Experiential Learning Preparation and Course Site. This course is available to all current undergraduate majors under the ONGOING COURSES section of ICON.

To Explore Resources on finding Career and Internship opportunities, visit our Public Health Career Guide [Link Coming Soon].

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Questions or comments? Contact Margaret Chorazy. This page was last reviewed on July 7, 2020.