In order to fulfill their requirements for graduation, all MPH students are required to undertake a final Capstone Project, culminating in a written report. Each student is required to develop and complete an individual project of a public health problem, under the direction of a supervisor in their selected concentrations at the School. The topic of each project should be relevant to the concentrations selected by the students and the supervisors will be assigned accordingly.
Upon satisfactory completion of the Capstone Project, all the students should be able to:
conduct a proper literature review on a public health issue;
develop a research protocol or practicum-based project plan;
have practical, hands-on experience in the form of research or public health practice;
perform data analysis or a systematic evaluation of a public health issue or evaluation of a project;
write a manuscript using standard journal format or an official report using institutional format;
orally present their work at a professional level; and
create a professional poster for presentation at public health conferences.
Students may elect to undertake a Research-based Capstone Project where they conduct primary data collection and analysis, analysis on secondary data, policy analysis, cost-benefit analysis, rigorous literature review for policy analysis, systematic reviews, needs assessment and programme evaluation.
Students may also elect to undertake a Practice-based Capstone Project where they identify a public health problem or issue and implement a public health-related programme to address this problem. Practice-based projects require that students locate a suitable setting for approximately 120 hours (about 3 weeks FT equivalents) in the field in order to conduct programme implementation or programme enhancement.
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