For your integrative project, you will incorporate what you have learned from the program coursework and your field training into a paper and presentation that address a specific public health issue.
An essential aspect of the project will be integrating the five core public health disciplines—biostatistics, environmental health, epidemiology, community health and health behavior, and health services administration—into your topic.
Through your integrative project, you will:
At the end of your project, you will be able to demonstrate various competencies related to research methodologies. Learn more about the competencies addressed by the integrative project.
You should spend a minimum of 135 to 175 hours on your project. Maintaining a time log may be helpful. Although the project is primarily completed during your last semester, you are advised to begin preparing earlier.
Follow this schedule in the semester in which you are registered for the integrative project.
Discuss your project topic, project type, foundational and concentration-specific competencies to address, guidelines and due dates with your advisor.
The first document you will develop is an overview. Include:
Prepare a first draft of your project paper and work with your faculty advisor to revise as needed. Review details about how your paper should be prepared.
Be sure to address the core public health disciplines - biostatistics, community health and health behavior, environmental health, epidemiology and health services administration, as well as foundational and concentration competencies you identified with your faculty advisor.
For the final draft, submit a paper of at least 25 pages (excluding title page, executive summary/abstract page, references and tables) in 12-point type, double-spaced with one-inch margins. Your paper should include at least 30 references. Provide a copy to your faculty advisor, program director and graduate coordinator.
Conduct a brief presentation that will last approximately 15 minutes with five minutes devoted to questions.
Fill out the M-Form once you have completed all project requirements. Notify the graduate program coordinator of the title for your integrative project, who will prepare the M-Form and place in your student mailbox. Please return the signed form to the graduate coordinator for further processing.
Your faculty advisor will review your overall integrative project, complete the integration and foundation assessment form and the concentration-specific assessment form, and assign a grade of satisfactory (S) or unsatisfactory (U).
Papers will be graded on content, the quality of that information and on general criteria, including:
Review the project type rubrics on the Types tab for
additional grading details.
Your presentation will be graded on:
To begin your integrative project research, review these online resources for statistical data, basic epidemiologic information about health problems and public health intervention assessments.