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Capstone Projects in the Master of Science Program

The centerpiece of the master’s program is the capstone project—a unique, nine-week opportunity for students to explore an interest area in considerable depth. The capstone project, which is often experiential, allows students to apply rigorous scholarship to active global health projects by working with their mentors and international partners.

See examples of student capstone projects around the world:

See where master’s students have conducted their projects:

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Project Selection

Students develop a longitudinal project starting in the fall quarter and culminating in a final written and oral presentation at the end of summer quarter. Students work closely with Program Directors and academic advisors to develop an appropriate project based on their interests, skills, and available field sites. Projects must be completed during the spring and summer quarters, be conducted in a safe and mentored environment, and be of benefit to the host institution. The project can be conducted abroad or in the US with an underserved population.

Students choose among six main methodologies for the capstone project:

  1. Quantitative Project
  2. Qualitative Project
  3. Policy Analysis
  4. Systematic Review/ Meta-analysis
  5. Monitoring and Evaluation
  6. Cost-Effectiveness Analysis