What qualifies for the Applied Practice?

The Applied Practice may be fulfilled through any combination of the following options. Students will consult academic advisors to determine which options are most appropriate for students, based on their academic goals, program requirements or restrictions:

  • A practicum or internship completed during a summer or academic term while enrolled in their degree program
  • Completion of an Applied Practice-designated course:
    • The Educational Policy Committee (EPC) will be accepting course syllabus proposals to determine if the course meets the criteria. The goal is to have courses that allow students to demonstrate the application and practice of some of the 22 CEPH foundational competencies, and/or all of the program-specific competencies as part of the coursework activities.
    • In addition, students will need to create products that demonstrate the application or practice of the competencies. Instructors can be the preceptor, or collaborate with a member from the community.
    • Review the Elements and Components of Applied Practice under the What is Applied Practice section for further details.
  • Co-curricular experiences. This includes service and volunteer opportunities, including experiences organized by a student association.

The following do not qualify as an Applied Practice experience:

  • Mission trips
  • Clinical work
  • Prior work, volunteer activities or coursework that begin before the learning agreement is approved

Requirements for international Applied Practice opportunities

Students who want to complete an international Applied Practice must complete the University of Minnesota university purpose travel registration process. Once these requirements are complete, they will pre-populate on the Applied Practice Experience learning agreement.

Important: students must discuss self-identified travel plans (international experiences that are not promoted by the University) with an appropriate Education Abroad Office, University faculty and/or staff member prior to confirming travel plans. To familiarize yourself with student expectations and definitions while abroad, visit the Student Travel and Education Abroad: Health and Safety Policy.

International Students: students planning to complete an Applied Practice outside the United States, need to consult with ISSS to ensure they can travel outside the country while on a student visa status. Students may have additional permissions and requirements.

The Applied Practice Coordinator has to also sign off on learning agreements that are international. Please contact, Mercedes Taneja at

What are Applied Practice products and how do students document them?

The Applied Practice products are created by the students to benefit the practice site and to demonstrate the application of competencies. The student must submit a minimum of 2 products for the Applied Practice.

Each product does not need to demonstrate the application of all five competencies. For example, one product (e.g., a written assignment) may demonstrate three competencies and the second product (e.g., a video presentation) may demonstrate the remaining two competencies.

Competencies and products may differ from student to student. Students will upload the products to the Applied Practice learning agreement (Applied Practice Online Module) for advisor and preceptor to review. Preceptor are not responsible for grading the products; academic adviser are.

While students may complete experiences as individuals or as groups in a structured experience, each student must present documentation demonstrating individual competency application or practice.

Product examples include, but not limited to:

  • Written assignments
  • Journal entries that document activities that demonstrate practice or application of a competency
  • Completed tests
  • Brochure
  • Flyer
  • Training manual
  • Policy brief
  • Videos
  • Multi-media presentations
  • Spreadsheets
  • Grant proposals
  • Budgets
  • Site-specific reports
  • Health promotion materials
  • Training course curriculum
  • Program evaluation reports
  • Surveys
  • Websites
  • Posters
  • Photos
  • Other digital artifacts of learning

If proprietary information is part of the student’s experience, a student will not have to submit that information but instead, can summarize the project in a journal entry or white paper.

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