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

After you have selected a public health topic you want to explore on an in-depth basis through your Culminating Project, you will decide on the format. Your faculty advisor can share guidelines for each of the project types.

Analyze a public health problem

Identify a problem and the magnitude, strategies for prevention or intervention and policies, as well as implementation and evaluation.

Research grant proposal

Propose a research study to answer a public health question. 

Design a program/community intervention

Describe a public health problem and your proposed program intervention, including the implementation and evaluation.

Program evaluation proposal

Assess all aspects of an existing community program.

Descriptive epidemiology of a selected health problem

Research and summarize a health problem, including host characteristics, environmental attributes, temporal variation and any other characteristics that contribute to an epidemiologic description of the problem.

Individualized research project

With an individualized project, the specific requirements are determined by you and your faculty advisor. This option allows, for example, for you to work on a project or research study that is being conducted by your faculty advisor.

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.