Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is Public Health Leadership Lab in-person or virtual during the 2023-2024 school year?
A: For residential students in in-person degree programs, PHL Lab will be in-person. For students in online degree programs, PHL lab will be virtual, held via zoom.

Q: If I am in a residential/in-person degree program, can I participate in PHL lab virtually?
A: No. PHL lab is in-person for residential students, and virtual for online students.

Q: How can I get more information about PHL lab?
A: Visit the virtual information session page on our website for brief overview videos describing the PHL lab experience. We will also be attending the Office of Student Affairs Fall Resource Fair to meet you and respond to your questions in person (September 6th, 2023 in Kresge Cafeteria). We will also hold a virtual session on Sept 7th from 5:30-6:30pm ET for students in online degree programs.

Q: What is the difference between the participant and concentrator programs?
A: The participant program takes place during the fall semester, and is offered in-person to residential students, and is offered virtually to students who are in online degree seeking programs. The concentrator program is for those who want to continue their learning into the spring semester, and who are able to fulfill additional requirements such as taking 10-credits form approved leadership courses. Find more information here.

Q: What if I’m not sure if I want to be a participant or concentrator?
A: That’s ok. When submitting your PHL lab application, make your best guess as to whether you’ll want to be a participant or concentrator. Later in the fall semester, we will ask those who will continue on as concentrators to submit a concentrator declaration form, and you can make your final decision at that time.

Q: Will the 10 electives for the concentration be able to overlap with the electives required for my program?
A: Yes, your electives for PHL Lab can overlap with required or elective courses for your program. You do not have to take completely new courses if PHL approved courses also fulfill your program’s needs.

Q: Is the list of approved courses changing this year?
A: No, the list is not changing. The list of approved courses for the concentration will remain the same.

Q: How will the experiential part of PHL Lab work for students in online degree programs who participate virtually?
A: PHL Lab has adapted to the virtual format by including online simulations and live integrations in order to provide experiential learning for you to apply to your public health practice.

Q: What are the attendance policies for PHL Lab?
A: You are expected to attend all of the sessions in the format that is designated for your program. While we will do our best to be accommodating to emergency circumstances, we cannot guarantee that you will successfully complete the program if you are unable to commit to all of the sessions.

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