For your Culminating 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 Culminating Project, you will:
At the end of your project, you will be able to demonstrate various competencies. Learn more about the competencies addressed by the Culminating Project.
The Culminating Project is your final requirement of the MPH program and takes place during your last semester. Similar to the field training though, you will want to allow yourself plenty of time to plan and prepare before you register.
Your first step is to determine a public health topic you want to explore on an in-depth basis centered on your interests, previous experience or knowledge gained during your field training. Discuss ideas with your faculty advisor and, with your advisor’s input, finalize the topic.
Make sure that you select a topic that will allow you to apply and expand upon what you have learned throughout the MPH program by integrating core public health disciplines—biostatistics, community health and health behavior, environmental health, epidemiology and health services administration, as well as foundational and concentration-specific competencies into your project.
Next, decide on the exact format your project will take. View the Types tab to choose from five project types or create an individualized project.
Publish work from your MPH field training experience or Culminating Project through the Journal of Public Health Student Capstones (JPHSC).
The JPHSC is a quarterly journal seeking abstracts from MPH students highlighting experiential learning activities. It provides an opportunity to share your achievements with professionals, educators and your peers in public health.
Qualifying submissions can be data analyses, research proposals, program evaluations, historical or literature reviews on public health topics, or original research.
Learn more about the abstract guidelines, and talk with your faculty advisor about submitting your work through this scholarly journal.