Culminating Experience

All MPH students are required to complete a Culminating Experience. The Culminating Experience is typically started towards the end of the student’s first year and completed by the end of the second year. The goal is for students to synthesize, integrate and apply the skills and competencies they have acquired to a public health problem. Students may choose to complete a Master’s Thesis, First Author Manuscript or Capstone to satisfy the Culminating Experience. The type of project completed will depend on the student’s Specialty Track and topic of interest.

The Culminating Experience must be completed under the direction of an ISMMS Faculty Advisor. The ISMMS Faculty Advisor may or may not be the student’s Specialty Track Advisor. Students can identify another ISMMS faculty member to serve as their ISMMS Faculty Advisor as appropriate. If a student is working closely with an offsite mentor, this mentor may serve as a co-advisor/second reader alongside an ISMMS Faculty Advisor.

Once an ISMMS Faculty Advisor has been determined, the student must submit the Statement of Support with an approved outline of the project to Academic Program Office. This Statement of Support must be submitted prior to initiating any research or project to ensure relevancy to public health.

The Culminating Experience requires:

  • One written Thesis, First Author Manuscript or Capstone formatted according to applicable guidelines as outlined in the Culminating Experience Guide

  • Two Oral Presentations

    • Public Health Research Day Poster Session in the Spring II term before graduation

    • 10-minute Oral Presentation to summarizing their Thesis, First Author Manuscript, or Capstone project to the ISMMS Faculty Advisor and Second Reader

  • Forms documenting the experience

    • Statement of Support – submitted before beginning work

    • Evaluation – submitted after the Oral Presentation

    • Deposit Form - submitted after the Oral Presentation

    • Other documentation as detailed in the Culminating Experience Guide

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