Applied Learning Experience (ALE) for MPH Students

The purpose of the Applied Learning Experience (ALE) is to offer MPH students the opportunity to integrate and apply the public health knowledge and skills they have learned in the classroom to a real world public health problem. All students in an accredited MPH Program must complete both a public health field experience and a culminating experience that is academically-based.  The Tufts MPH Program combines these two requirements into the Applied Learning Experience, with an academic component for the student to conceptualize, design, implement, evaluate and describe a public health project; and a practice component of a minimum of 160 hours.

It is important to note that the ALE is not an internship – the student is expected to exercise independent professional judgment in designing and implementing the work done in the field and not simply assist others with their professional responsibilities.

Epidemiology Biostatistics
  • “Perceived reactions to race and health status in the Massachusetts Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey,” Massachusetts Department of Public Health (Boston, MA)
  • “Environmental indicators of enteric infections in a rural area and urban slum of Vellore, India,” Christian Medical College (Vellore, India)
  • “Evaluation of Health Behavior Adaptation to Fuel-efficient Cook Stoves in Kenya,” The International Small Group and Tree Planting Program (TIST) (Kenya)
  • “Green School Construction and Worker Health and Safety,” Massachusetts Teacher’s Association (Boston, MA)
  • “The use of Electronic Medical Records for Quality Improvement in the Management of Pediatric Asthma” East End Pediatrics (East Hampton, NY)
Global Health

Strengthening Immunizations among Newly Arrived Refugees in Massachusetts,” Massachusetts Department of Public Health (Jamaica Plain, MA)

“Evaluation of Migrant Health Promotion’s Camp Health Aide Seasonal Program in Southeastern Michigan,” Migrant Health Promotion (Saline, MI)

“Process Evaluation of UNICEF West Bengal’s Adolescent Anemia Control Program,” UNICEF (Calcutta, India)

“Using the power of soccer to provide Zambian youth with comprehensive HIV prevention, life skills education and support,” Grassroot Soccer (Zambia)

”Feeding practices for Guatemalan children, adherence to World Health Organization guidelines and barriers for implementation in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala,” Center for Studies of Sensory Impairment, Aging and Metabolism (CESSIAM) (Guatemala)

“Tackling Tuberculosis: Addressing Confusion about Tuberculin Skin Testing and the BCG Vaccine in Foreign-Born Populations,” Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Boston, MA

Health Communication

“Assessing Acculturative Stress Among Somali Refugees,” Somali Development Center (Jamaica Plain, MA)

“Development of Web-based Communications for the Parents and Tots Together Childhood Obesity Prevention Study,” Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (Boston, MA)

“Will You be My Friend? Web-blogging in the Healthcare Setting: Encouraging Appropriate Communication on the Part of Hospital Staff and Patients and Families,” Children’s Hospital Boston (Boston, MA)

“HPV Vaccine Promotion: The Physician’s Role,” British Columbia Centers for Disease Control (Vancouver, British Columbia)

“Improving health education at San Jeronimo Bilingual School in Cofradia, Honduras by adapting the HEAT Club curriculum for students in grades 1-4,” Bilingual Education for Central America (Boston, MA)

“A collaboration with DotWell and the Joseph Lee School to Increase Physical Activity among Students,” Dotwell (Dorchester, MA)

Health Services Management and Policy

“Strategic Planning and Development of a Community Assessment,” Boston Public Health Commission (Boston, MA)

“Communication Public Health Relevance of the Farm Bill to Public Health Professionals,” Center for a Livable Future, Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD)

“An Assesment of the Emergency Preparedness Status of South Cove Community Health Center for H1N1 Pandemic Flu and Recommendations for Future Pandemic Preparedness,” South Cove Community Health Center (Boston, MA)

“The Role of Disease Management in Promoting Medication Compliance,” Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development (Boston, MA)

“Evaluation of Young Adult Enrollment in Commonwealth Choice Plans in Response to the Massachusetts Health Care Reform,” MA Health Insurance Connector Authority (Boston, MA)

“Aging with HIV in Massachusetts:  Current trends in health outcomes and health services,” John Snow, Inc. (Boston, MA)

MPH Nutrition

Health Center Setting,” Swedish Medical Center (Seattle, WA)

“Revising the Parents and Tots Tegehter Program to Emphasize Healthy Weight-Related Behaviors Among Preschool Children,” Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Dept. of Population Medicine (Boston, MA)

“An Assessment of Attitudes, Beliefs and Knowledge of Physical Activity in Asian American Elementary School Girls at the Josiah Quincy Elementary School,” Josiah Quincy Elementary School (Boston, MA)

“Process Evaluation of WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Program: Recommendations for Optimizing Services from the Participant Perspective,” Massachusetts WIC Program, Nutrition Division Massachusetts Department of Public Health (Boston, MA)

“Implementing a Nutrition Education Program for Independently Living Elderly at Beacon Hill Village,” Beacon Hill Village (Boston, MA)


Factors Influencing the Adoption of New Foods Introduced Through the Tasty Choice Program in Cambridge Elementary School,” Cambridge Public Health Department (Cambridge, MA)


“Immigration Health Systems Report: Nonconsensual Treatment and Forcible Drugging,” Physicians for Human Rights (Cambridge, MA)

“Implementing a Human Right to Healthcare: A Qualitative Case Study in Lewis & Clark County,” Montana Physicians for Human Rights (Montana)

“Accountable Care Organizations and the Law: Can effective clinical integration occur in our current legal environment?” Partners Health Care (Boston, MA)


“Vitamin A and Low Birth Weight,” Christian Medical College (Vellore, India)

“Basic Animal Rescue Training (BART) in MA,” State of MA Animal Response Team (SMART) (Marlborough, MA)

“International Rural Poultry Centre,” Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine (N. Grafton, MA)

“Injection Drug Use as a Predictor of Higher C-Reactive Protein among HIV and HCV Positive Latinos,” Tufts School of Medicine Public Health & Family Medicine (Boston, MA)


“Differences in Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma Subtypes in Filipino- & Caucasian-Americans: A Retrospective Study of Two Clinic Populations,” Tufts University School of Medicine (Boston, MA)

“Q Fever Incidence in the United States, 2000-2007,” National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, CDC (Atlanta, GA)

“Can TB-HIV peer educators improve rates of enrollment of TB-HIV co-infected patients into ART programs in Lusaka, Zambia?” Center for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ), TB/HIV Integration Team (Zambia)