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
- #1 What is the MPH capstone?
- #2 What are the capstone prerequisites and requirements?
- #3 How to prepare for your capstone and find a host site
- #4 How to develop and receive approval for your capstone proposal
- #5 How to successfully complete your capstone project
- #6 How to prepare your capstone poster
- #7 How to prepare your capstone presentation
- #8 How to write your capstone paper
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.
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: