The Culminating Project is your final MPH requirement and takes place during your last semester. You will address a public health topic of interest by integrating knowledge and skills from courses and field training into a comprehensive paper or a set of written materials for a public health issue. Through your Project, you will synthesize foundational and concentration-specific knowledge and competencies, applying them to your topic. At the end of the semester, you will present your Project.
Register for 630 Culminating Project (3 credits). In this course, you'll finalize your project topic, type and competencies.
Determine a public health topic to explore that expands upon knowledge and skills gained from the MPH program. Discuss ideas with your faculty instructor, and, with faculty input, you'll finalize your topic.
Through the project, you'll demonstrate five MPH competencies: one that focuses on diversity, health equity or cultural competence, two others on foundational competencies, and two concentration-specific competencies. Your course instructor will approve the competencies you will address at the beginning of the semester.
Through the 630 Culminating Project course:
You will follow this general timeline in the 630 Culminating Project course:
By the last Friday of classes, present your project through a slide set or poster to faculty, staff, fellow students or other identified audience approved by your faculty instructor.
Your faculty instructor will approve your presentation format, which can be:
If you complete your project in Spring, you can also choose to present at the UB School of Public Health and Health Professions Perry Poster Event held annually in April.
Learn more about the Culminating Project in the MPH Student Resources portal in UB Learns (for current students), and from your MPH program director, faculty advisor or 630 Culminating Project course instructor.
Publish your MPH field training experience or Culminating Project through the Journal of Public Health Student Capstones (JPHSC).
The JPHSC is a quarterly journal seeking abstracts from MPH students highlighting experiential learning activities. It provides an opportunity to share your achievements with professionals, educators and your peers in public health.
Qualifying submissions can be data analyses, research proposals, program evaluations, historical or literature reviews on public health topics, or original research.
Learn more about the JPHSC abstract guidelines, and talk with faculty about submitting field training or culminating project work through this scholarly journal.