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Culminating Experience

The culminating experience of the NYU MPH program allows students to apply the knowledge and skills they have learned in a real-world setting.  MPH students at NYU have unparalleled exposure to public health challenges in local, national, and international settings The exact requirements of the culminating experience vary by concentration, however all MPH students . work with faculty, advisors, and public health practice personnel to ensure adequate preparation for a career in public health.


 

Fall/Spring/Summer Semesters
3 credits
Prerequisite: students must complete 23 credits before enrolling.
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For students in the Community and International Health concentration and Public Health Nutrition concentration. Click here for more information about the Internship Culminating Experience.

The internship is a culminating experience that broadens students' exposure to public health practice, facilitates valuable work experience, and increases students' knowledge of specific career opportunities. Placements are semester long (180 hours) and are meant to provide students with the opportunity to observe a public health professional in practice, complete a public health project that is mutually beneficial to the student and the organization, and synthesize knowledge and skills into public health practice.  In addition, students attend mandatory seminars where the principles and practices of public health are examined and student’s awareness of the needs, challenges, and career opportunities in the field are further broadened. 

Course Goal: To provide practical situations where students can apply the knowledge and theoretical concepts from coursework into practice settings, strengthen existing skills and apply public health core competencies in a new setting and/or on a public health topic or population of interest.

Objectives:

  1. To allow students to gain exposure and practice in the ASPH core competencies in public health expected of Master-level public health professionals which are divided into Discipline-specific and Interdesciplinary/Cross-cutting Competencies:

    a.  Discipline Specific Competencies: Biostatistics, Environmental Health Sciences, Epidemiology, Health Policy & Management, Social & Behavioral Sciences 

    b.  Interdisciplinary/Cross-cutting Competencies: Communication & Informatics, Diversity & Culture, Leadership, Public Health Biology, Professionalism, Program Planning, Systems Thinking
  2. To provide an environment that encourages students to integrate learned behaviors, research and community service activities.
  3. To allow students to be able to identify methods for describing and analyzing the structure and governance of public health organizations.
  4. To allow students to be able to identify and apply methods used by organizations to improve the health of their target populations.
  5. To allow students to be able to describe factors that lead to the effectiveness and stability of national or international public health organizations.
  6. To give students an opportunity to determine requirements of information, personnel, time, and equipment needed to implement programs that address public health needs.

Fall Semester
3 credits
Prerequisites: GPH-GU 2106, GPH-GU 2996, GPH-GU 2160

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* For students in the Global Health Leadership Concentration only. Click here for more information about the Capstone culminating experience

Capstone is learning in action. Serving as the culminating experience for the Global Health Leadership concentration, it provides students with both a critical learning experience and an opportunity to perform a public service. Over the course of an academic year, students work in teams -- either to address challenges, solve problems and identify opportunities for a client organization or to conduct research on a pressing social question. Ultimately, Capstone contributes not only to the students' education, but is a university resource for the public good. In architecture, the capstone is the crowning piece of an arch, the center stone that holds the arch together, giving it shape and strength. The Capstone program plays a similar role, by integrating and enhancing student learning in several different arenas: a content or issue area, key process skills including project management and teamwork, and methods for gathering, analyzing and reporting data. Capstone requires students to interweave their learning in all these areas, and to do so in real time, in an unpredictable, complex real world environment. Although each student will be assigned to a team, the class will work as a learning community dedicated to the success of all the projects.

Spring Semester
1.5 credits
Prerequisite: GPH-GU 2621

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Only for students in the Global Health Leadership Concentration. Click here for more information about the Capstone culminating experience.

Capstone is learning in action. Part of the core curriculum of the Masters program in Global Public Health, it provides students with both a critical learning experience and an opportunity to perform a public service. Over the course of an academic year, students work in teams -- either to address challenges, solve problems and identify opportunities for a client organization or to conduct research on a pressing social question. Ultimately, Capstone contributes not only to the students' education, but is a university resource for the public good. In architecture, the capstone is the crowning piece of an arch, the center stone that holds the arch together, giving it shape and strength. MPGPH's Capstone program plays a similar role, by integrating and enhancing student learning in several different arenas: a content or issue area, key process skills including project management and teamwork, and methods for gathering, analyzing and reporting data. Capstone requires students to interweave their learning in all these areas, and to do so in real time, in an unpredictable, complex real world environment. Although each student will be assigned to a team, the class will work as a learning community dedicated to the success of all the projects.

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