ATLANTA—The Georgia State University School of Public Health is enhancing the support it provides to graduate students as they seek applied practice experiences and career opportunities.
The Office of Applied Practice Experiences and Career Services, which is abbreviated APECS and pronounced “apex,” opened this fall and provides students with centralized support and an array of services. Located in suite 200 of the Urban Life Building on the Atlanta campus, APECS hosts career fairs, workshops, seminars and panels with industry experts. It also offers one-on-one career services counseling and resume analysis.
“APECS strengthens the School of Public Health’s connections with the broad range of public health expertise that Atlanta offers and helps ensure that our students transition seamlessly from college to career,” said School of Public Health Dean Rodney Lyn.
APECS is directed by Associate Professor Sheryl Strasser, who credited Career Services Manager Evalye Alexander with laying a strong foundation for the school’s applied practice and career services.
“The timing of the new Office of Applied Practice Experiences and Career Services could not be better given today’s changing employment landscape and the growing demand for public health professionals,” said Strasser, the Faculty Director of Experiential Learning and Workforce Development. “APECS is focused on ensuring that public health students secure meaningful applied practical experiences that facilitate equitable access to career pathways and strengthen strategic partnerships.”
Applied practice experiences are field-based opportunities for which public health students receive course credit. The School of Public Health’s location in the heart of Atlanta provides unsurpassed opportunities for students to apply their classroom knowledge in an array of federal and state agencies, non-profits and community-based organizations.
The more than 1,700 alumni of the School of Public Health have gone on to careers in fields such as biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, health management and health promotion, among many others. Top employers of School of Public Health alumni include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Georgia Department of Public Health, Kaiser Permanente and the Task Force for Global Health.
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