Capstone Research

The capstone research project is the centerpiece of the Master of Science academic program. Students focus on a particular area of interest and apply rigorous scholarship to an active project in global health, either in the United States with an underserved population or with an international partner.

Working closely with the program directors and academic advisors, students develop a project that asks an important question in global health. Students address their research questions using one of six methodologies (or mixed methods):

  • Quantitative Study
  • Qualitative Study
  • Policy Analysis
  • Systematic Review/ Meta-analysis
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Cost-Effectiveness Analysis

Each student has a capstone mentor who oversees the field experience and helps the student achieve specific competencies. Field mentorship is integral to this experience.

Students plan their projects in the fall quarter, present a formal proposal (qualifying exam) in the winter quarter, and conduct field research in the spring and summer quarters. The project culminates in a written and oral presentation (comprehensive exam) at the end of the summer quarter. The written portion may lead to future publication.


See where master's students have conducted their capstone research projects. Click on a country to view project descriptions below the map.

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