Culminating Experience

Culminating Experience



The culminating experience (PHS 8930) project is the final requirement of the MPH Program and consists of a paper and a poster presentation.  The project should demonstrate application of knowledge acquired in the program to a real-world public health issue and attainment of track-specific competencies.

Project Format

Students in the Research in Practice track are expected to design or conduct a quantitative or qualitative investigation and data analysis of a public health issue; those in the Health Policy, Law & Ethics track are expected to undertake a public health-related, data-driven policy analysis.  Projects may be in any of the following categories:

·         Quantitative analysis

·         Qualitative analysis

·         Policy analysis

·         Grant proposal

·         Program evaluation

·         Educational tool

·         Report requested by an organization

Project papers are typically 25 – 40 pages in length. 


Class Meetings

Class meetings are held approximately once every two weeks to workshop each stage of the project.


Poster Presentation

Students prepare posters of their projects to present to the faculty and other students for the MPH Presentation Day, held towards the end of each semester. 



Although students typically complete the culminating experience in their last semester, they are encouraged to begin planning for their project as early as possible.  Note:

It is especially important to begin the process early if IRB approval will be needed.  


For more information please contact Dr. Paige Hornsby at