MD/MPH Students

Capstone Course

A Capstone Field Experience and a Capstone Project are vital components of the Master of Public Health (MPH) program, and together they serve as the required MPH Capstone course. The completion of these projects is a graduation requirement for the MD/MPH dual degree.

A Capstone Field Experience is designed to provide the student with real world work experience in the field of public health. The student will apply public health academic theory and acquired skills to community health problems. This experience positions the student to work on projects of mutual interest to both the placement organization and the student. A carefully structured, thoroughly guided field experience benefits the students by providing opportunities to synthesize and apply theory, principles and skills. Students are required to complete 150 contact hours of placement at the approved health care agency, under the guidance of the qualified preceptor. Students may register for the Capstone Field Experience course (EPH680) after completing a minimum of 9 MPH course credits.

The second component to the MPH capstone experience is the Capstone Project. The Capstone Project is designed to provide students with an opportunity to integrate the major components of the UM MPH academic training and to apply the principles of public health to investigation of a specific topic area. Ideally, the Capstone Project is linked to some aspect of the supervised field placement, and students identify a project topic and approach early in their field placement experience. Students are expected to complete another 150 hours of work, prepare a substantial report on a specific topic related to the field placement, and synthesize and integrate knowledge acquired in coursework including theories and principles of health education and behavior. The preceptor along with a UM Faculty Advisor will mentor and guide the student in preparation of this final report by fulfilling predetermined milestone tasks. The Capstone Project must be completed prior to the Spring semester of Year 4.