Culminating Project

Formerly Integrative Project
Sharyl Evans, an MPH student in community health and health behavior, presenting her poster at Perry Poster Day.

Sharyl Evans, an MPH student in community health and health behavior, presenting her poster at Perry Poster Day.

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: 

  • Research and achieve expertise in a particular public heath topic
  • Apply and expand upon what you have learned throughout the MPH program by  incorporating the five core public health disciplines into your topic

Competencies Addressed by the Culminating Project

At the end of your project, you will be able to demonstrate various competencies. Learn more about the competencies addressed by the Culminating Project.

Preparation Types Registration Requirements

In your last semester, register in course 630, MPH Culminating Project, in your concentration area.

Current students register for three credits.

Select Competencies

Working with your faculty advisor, select a minimum of 3 foundational competencies and 2 concentration-specific competencies that will be demonstrated through your project. 

Get Started

Begin preparing the Culminating Project requirements which may include:

  • An outline
  • A paper
  • A presentation and written project summary

Learn more about requirements by viewing the Requirements tab.

Publish Your Work

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.