In addition to major course work, all students are required to complete a 135 hour experiential learning or research practicum. Therefore, as a Public Health major at UNE, you will engage in experiential learning experiences that help ensure, upon graduating, you can use your knowledge and skills to succeed in the workplace or in a graduate program. These experiences are tailored to your interests, and may take the form of internships, service-learning projects, research opportunities, or honors theses. Experiential learning occurs in years three and four of the program, providing you with opportunities to work with:
- State agencies such as the Maine Center for Disease Control (CDC)
- Maine’s community-based public health infrastructure
- Municipal health departments
- Nonprofit public health organizations (such as the American Cancer Society, American Lung Association, American Heart Association, Maine Public Health Association)
- UNE Public Health programs (as in our community-based nutrition counseling with SNAP-Ed); faculty research projects addressing childhood obesity or childhood exercise patterns; Coastal Community Health
- Nonprofit centers advancing the health of vulnerable populations (such as Preble Street Resource Center, Healthcare for the Homeless, Immigrant and Refugee Services)
- The governor’s office or a legislative office in Augusta to examine and advance specific health policy
As a Public Health student you also enjoy opportunities to participate in a variety of different global learning experiences through UNE's Global Education Program. These experiences are designed to enhance your worldview, and introduce you to diverse populations. Tangier, Morocco and Seville, Spain are semester-long study abroad experiences available during your sophomore year at UNE. Both programs offer lab science and humanities courses that can fulfill your core requirements, and if you join a semester-long study abroad program, you work closely with your academic advisor to ensure that you stay on track with your curriculum.
UNE's Westbrook College of Health Professions also offers a unique opportunity for students to participate in the Ghana Cross Cultural Ghana Health Immersion Program in Ghana, West Africa. The program offers an immersion experience for two weeks in August, enabling you to work alongside Ghana Health Service, community health educators and the community. Since 2008, UNE students, faculty and staff have been part of this partnership in the twin cities of Sekondi and Takoradi, Ghana, West Africa. Participants engage in community health activities, interprofessional collaboration, community education and academic and cross cultural exchange.