Culminating Experience (Thesis and Special Project)

The culminating experience in the Master of Public Health Program is the Thesis or Special Project. Students select one of these two experiences with the approval of the graduate faculty. In some instances, a topic selected for a thesis may be more appropriate for a special project or vice versa, and students will be guided accordingly. 

Eligibility Requirements to Submit a Thesis Proposal Application

To be eligible to enroll in PCH 590 - Thesis Seminar I, a student must:

  1. be a matriculated student in the final year of study for the M.P.H. program.
  2. have completed all public health core and specialization courses.
  3. possess a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 for all courses completed toward the degree.
  4. have received a grade of "C+" or higher in each course taken toward the degree.
  5. submit an Application for Approval of the Thesis to the Coordinator of Graduate Studies by the due date (included on Application).
     

Eligibility Requirements to Submit a Special Project Proposal Application

To be eligible to enroll in PCH 593 - Special Project Seminar I, a student must:

  1. be a matriculated student in the final year of study for the M.P.H. program.
  2. have completed all public health core and specialization courses.
  3. possess a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 for all courses completed toward the degree.
  4. have received a grade of "C+" or higher in each course taken toward the degree.
  5. submit an Application for Approval of the Special Project to the Coordinator of Graduate Studies by the due date (included on Application).


Completing an Application will require that you have a fairly clear idea of what you want to do and have an approach strategy. You are encouraged to contact a member of the graduate faculty if you require guidance in completing the Application.

Advisor Assignment

Thesis and Special Project Advisors will be assigned on the basis of availability, expertise, and interest. Graduate faculty member have a specific number of credits allocated for advisement of theses and special projects in their teaching programs for a given academic year.