Students will complete a capstone requirement during their senior year, through internship and/or research activities. All students will take PH 347 (Senior Seminar) in the fall semester. In addition to taking this course, students will have a choice of completing an internship or thesis. Students who choose to do an internship will take four credits of PH 370 (Internship Seminar) in the spring semester. Students who choose to write a thesis will register for four credits of BIOL 350 or SOCI 350 (Independent Study) in the fall, and four credits of BIOL 355 or SOCI 355 (Thesis) in the spring, and will be supervised by a professor in one of those two departments who is affiliated with the Public Health program. Arrangements for satisfying the capstone requirement must be made with the student's public health advisor before the end of the junior year. This requirement will be tailored to meet individual students' interests and career aspirations.
An academic advisor (either the Divisional or Regional Campus centralized advisor or a Divisional or Regional Campus faculty member) is assigned to students at the time of admission. MPH students who elect a concentration will be required to add one additional member to their committee to represent the concentration (unless the advisor also represents the concentration). If a student chooses to complete a written culminating experience (., thesis), a second member may be added from within or outside the School. Committee membership is approved by the Associate Dean for Student Affairs. During evaluation week at the end of each Fall and Spring semesters, each MPH student meets with his or her advisory committee to review the academic plan and the student s progress toward completion of the degree program.