For MPH students, the culminating academic experience is a capstone project that benefits the community or a particular target population. Our MPH students do not complete a thesis.  Capstone projects contribute meaningfully to the current body of knowledge in the field and may include, but are not limited to, creating a program plan or evaluation, summarizing data findings, developing policy recommendations, designing an online tool, teaching health education classes, and many other possibilities.

As with the practicum, capstone projects can be completed anywhere in the world and students work with assigned faculty advisors to plan out an appropriate capstone project. See the button below for a listing of potential host sites.


The goal of the capstone project for the MPH student is to connect all aspects of the curriculum, including seminars, lectures, course work, projects, and practical experiences. Students establish an understanding and appreciation for how their concentration enhances public health practice opportunities in Colorado, the nation, and the world.

Capstone Video Series


The capstone project, with final products of a paper and professional oral and poster presentation, relates to the student’s academic goals and professional interests, and demonstrates their ability to work independently at the master’s level.  At the end of each semester, the students who have completed their capstone project give an oral and poster presentation at our Public Health Forum.

Capstone advisors

While completing the capstone project through CSU, students enroll in a two-credit capstone course and are assigned a faculty advisor for ongoing support and guidance throughout the process. Capstone advisors are:

Kendra Bigsby

Dr. Tracy Nelson

Dr. Molly Gutilla

Dr. Olivia Arnold

Dr. Umit Shrestha