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Capstone Information for Students

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A successful Capstone experience requires the commitment of several individuals and/or groups of individuals that comprise the Capstone network, including faculty, students, client organizations, and university administrators. To ensure the best experience for all parties, certain expectations have been set forth as outlined below. It is critical that each member of the Capstone becomes familiar with these expectations and remain accountable throughout the experience.

Enrolling in GPH-GU 2621 Capstone in Global Public Health I

GPH-GU 2621 Capstone in Global Public Health I requires an access code. In order to be eligible, you must have completed Biostatistics I and II, Epidemiology, and Qualitative and Field Methods. Please complete an Intention to Enroll in Capstone survey by May 1, 2014. After completing it, please email with a copy of your unofficial transcript to receive an access code to register for the Capstone course. Please note - if you do not complete the survey by May 1, 2014, we may not be able to take into account your preference in project selection.

All students planning to register for Capstone 2014-15 must attend the Capstone Information Session and are encouraged to attend the Final Presentations on Monday, May 19, 5:30-7:30pm. For questions, contact


Students are expected to:

• Review and uphold the Capstone objectives, policies, requirements and timeline. 
• Participate actively throughout the Capstone project, sharing their experiences, knowledge and
skills to enhance the process for all involved and to provide the best product to the organization.
• Learn about the organization by researching various sources, including the organization’s website
and written materials or publications.
• Identify the academic literature necessary to provide a framework in which the project will be 
• Establish, develop and maintain an open dialogue with the organization. 
• Develop an explicit working agreement governing the scope of the project with the organization.
• Conduct themselves in a collegial and professional manner with their fellow students and the
• Demonstrate a capacity for cooperation and resilience, as shown by adapting to changing and
complex circumstances, balancing competing demands and accepting uncertainty and lack of clarity when necessary.
• Place value on the team management, project management, and partnership aspects of the
• Allow for flexibility with their project if needed, knowing that real-time public health projects do
not always go as originally planned.
• Contact program faculty and/or administrators with any questions or concerns regarding the Capstone requirements.
• Manage the financial expenses of the project in a professional and conservative manner according
to the guidelines of the NYU GIPH and submit original receipts for expenses.
• Attend mandatory in-class pre-departure session, if traveling overseas.
• Abide by all policies and regulations of the host institution.
• Recognize that participation in clinical work is not covered under New York University’s malpractice insurance and any clinical work would be done strictly on a voluntary basis and would not be included as a component of the Capstone project.
• If overseas travel is a component of the project:
o Travel only during periods of recess when classes are not in session.
o Be aware that NYU provides student teams with a fixed budget that may or may not support all students traveling. Each team will have to consider what is in the best interest of the project and determine, within budget constraints and organizational capacity, how many students will be able to travel internationally
o Sign release forms and travel survey and abide by NYU’s and host organization’s travel and safety policies.
o Discuss ground transportation arrangements with liaisons, ensuring safety.
o Alert NYU program staff if safety or security is a concern prior to or during travel.
o Notify NYU faculty and administration with updated itinerary if travel plans change prior to or during travel.
• Meet all deadlines, as determined by their team, the organization, and the NYU GIPH.
• Prepare a final report including a paper that integrates didactic knowledge with the team’s findings – and includes an abstract, background, project goal, project methods, results, conclusions and future directions – as well as the agreed-upon final product.
• Present the paper to the NYU MPH Capstone faculty for review.
• Present the final product to the organization.
• Deliver an oral presentation of the project at the end of the semester to the NYU public health
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