The student works with his or her advisor and other mentors as appropriate and as approved by the advisor, to conduct original research using either archival or original data collection. (Students who wish to conduct secondary data analysis for their projects must have access to an existing data set).
This research may be clinical or population-based, using research principles of epidemiology and/or behavioral science. The student is to prepare a manuscript of publishable quality (but there is no requirement that it be submitted for publication).
The research project is started only after the student has completed the Capstone in Epidemiology (EPI- 625) or Research Methods in Behavioral Science (BSH-601), so that the student has acquired the necessary research skills. Exceptions to this policy are rare and only with the prior approval of the faculty advisor.
While working on this project, the student enrolls in PUBH-596-01, Research Project for MSPH, for 0 credits; the student may register for this class in two semesters if necessary. This course will be graded when the Oral Examination is completed and the manuscript is approved in final form. Grading is satisfactory (S) or unsatisfactory (U).
The advisor's approval of the research proposal is to be documented on the project description form provided at the end of these guidelines (see page 3). Upon completion of the project, a copy of the manuscript is also submitted to the MPH Coordinator. To document that the requirement is met, the Project Description Form and the research paper are kept on file with the MPH Coordinator: Completion and submittal of paperwork is the responsibility of the student.
Drafts of the research project are to be reviewed by the advisor in process. When a near-final draft is completed and approved by the advisor, the PUBH-595 oral examination may be scheduled. A copy of the manuscript is to be provided to each member of the examination panel at least one week prior to the examination. Revisions may be made to the manuscript following the oral examination.
Description of PUBH-595-02, Special Studies for Exam, for the MSPH
The oral examination is scheduled with an examination panel composed of three members of the faculty, one of which is the student's advisor, and the other two of which are to be members of the faculty with knowledge of the student's research area and/or methods.
The student prepares a professional 20-minute PowerPoint presentation of his/her paper that has the following components:
• Introduction/Background and Research Question
• Research Methods
• Discussion and Implications
The presentation will be followed by questions and discussion with the faculty examination panel to ascertain the student's grasp of key areas of public health, health care, research and statistical methods.
The student will be graded on the presentation as follows:
• Pass/fail on the oral exam
• Pass on the written manuscript as presented
• Pass on the written manuscript with revisions
The faculty advisor is to request ballots from the graduate school at least one week in advance. Signed and sealed ballets are returned to the master's degree candidacy advisor in the Graduate School upon completion of the student presentation.
For further information and to submit paperwork contact:
Ann Stuart, MA
Master of Science in Public Health
(Epidemiology Concentration or Behavioral Science Concentration)
Research Project Description
1. Student name
2. Student's prior professional degree
3. Student's employer
4. Faculty Advisor's name
5. Mentor's name (if different than Faculty Advisor)
6. Mentor's title
7. Anticipated start date for Project (approximate)
8. Anticipated finish date for Project (approximate)
9. Anticipated graduation date
10. Brief description of Research Project:
(please attach separate page if needed)