PUBH 893 Capstone Integrative Learning Experience (CILE)

CILE (PUBH 893) is an integrated experience in the Master of Public Health (MPH) that allows students to apply and synthesize the concepts, knowledge and skills acquired throughout their course of study to successfully demonstrate public health competency.

CILE is an integrated course/process.. Students are enrolled in PUBH 893 as a continuous course in their first term. During the first term, the course requirements are limited to the completion of 10 brief modules aimed at enhancing the students’ writing skills. Also, during the first term, all students are enrolled in PUBH831: Concepts, Practice and Leadership in Public where, by the end of the course, they are required to identify a public health issue they wish to explore in depth and make the focus of their final CILE paper and oral presentation. At this point, students also select their CILE Advisor by matching their topic of interest and the expertise of the respective faculty. CILE Advisors will support and guide the students’ CILE process until they submit their final CILE paper and presentation in their final term.

The CILE experience continues in PUBH 832: Public Health Research Methods and Ethics, where students are required to develop a proposal on how they are going to explore the topic they previously identified. This proposal provides students with a solid foundation upon which they can complete their CILE final paper and oral presentation.

The CILE final paper and presentation must meet the scholarly requirements of the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine (DPHPM), which include addressing the MPH’s foundational and track specific competencies.