Practicum Linked to Capstone
Students are encouraged to link the practicum and capstone requirements when appropriate.
The practicum and the capstone are two distinct requirements of the MPH program. The capstone project is an academic requirement that integrates the experience with the overall MPH curriculum. The intent of the practicum project is to align the activities with the student's career goals, as well as demonstrate application of public health concepts and critical thinking relevant to the student’s area of interest. The practicum experience may include group projects while the capstone must be an individual effort.
The practicum can be either practice-based or research-based experiences that may be linked to a capstone project. For example:
- For a practice-based practicum experience, the result may be a deliverable appropriate to an outside organization; the student could then expand upon this experience for their capstone project.
- For a research-based practicum experience, the student could extend the analyses into a more detailed research report for their capstone project.
If a student decides to link the two requirements, the student should have discussions early on in the planning process with their Faculty Advisor, Capstone Advisor, and either the MPH Academic Administrator or the Practicum Coordinator to ensure that the two requirements are distinct.
This table compares the purpose and requirements for the practicum and the capstone.
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