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.
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.
Identify a problem and the magnitude, strategies for prevention or intervention and policies, as well as implementation and evaluation.
Propose a research study to answer a public health question.
Describe a public health problem and your proposed program intervention, including the implementation and evaluation.
Assess all aspects of an existing community program.
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.
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 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.