The Culminating Experience must be completed in the last semester of the Master of Public Health (MPH) program at the UGA College of Public Health. More commonly known as the Capstone Project, the Culminating Experience provides comprehensive documentation of the student’s comprehension of the MPH Core Competencies. It also serves as the UGA Graduate School’s non-thesis equivalent of the mastery of a student’s academic discipline.

Students must be enrolled in PBHL 7800 during the semester they undertake their Capstone Project.  They cannot enroll in this class for more than ONE semester, or undertake more than three academic credits.

For more information about the MPH Capstone Project, please refer the Capstone Manual relevant to your year.  Additional materials, such as the Capstone registration form and sample capstones can be found below.

Winners of our Exceptional MPH Capstone E-Presentation Award for 2020:
  • Analysis of COVID-19 in long term care facilities in The United States – Avery Duncan, BS/MPH in Epidemiology
  • Slow and Steady Wins the Race: Examining Participant Engagement in Telephone and Group Health Coaching in the Fuel Your Life Program- Julia Hennig, MPH in Health Promotion and Behavior
  • Mobile Phone Use and Depressive Symptoms Among College Students in Uganda – Samantha Jackson, MPH in Epidemiology
  • The Effects of Childhood Financial Stress on Adult Chronic Disease – Grace Marie Smith, MPH in Epidemiology
Winners of our Exceptional MPH Capstone Paper Awards for 2020:
  • Robot-led piano lessons improve cognitive function: A feasibility study in a sample with mild cognitive impairment – Bailey Collette, MPH in Health Promotion and Behavior
  • The Public Economic Consequences of Nonmedical Use of Prescription Opioids in United States Adolescents Attributed to Morbidity and Premature Mortality – Nikki Fillingim, MBA/MPH in Health Policy and Management
  • Mobile Phone Use and Depressive Symptoms Among College Students in Uganda – Samantha Jackson, MPH in Epidemiology
  • Micronutrient Deficiencies in Belizean Preschool-aged Children: Belize National Micronutrient Survey 2011 – Clarissa Keisling, MPH in Epidemiology
  • Providing On-Site Continuing Education to Georgia Long-Term Care Facility Direct Care Workers and Assessing Post-Training Attitude Change: A Feasibility Study – Annie Ndolo, MPH in Epidemiology
  • A review of emergency medical services vulnerabilities to highly infectious disease – Thomas Richey, MPH in Disaster Management
Winners of our Exceptional MPH Capstone E-Presentation Award for 2019:
Winners of our Exceptional MPH Capstone E-Presentation Award for 2018:

Capstone Manuals

Capstone (Integrated Learning Experience) Manual 2020-21

Capstone Manual 2019-20 (latest update 3.23.20)
Capstone Manual 2018-19
Capstone Manual 2017-18
Capstone Manual 2016-17
Capstone Manual 2015-16
Capstone Manual 2014-15
Capstone Manual 2013-14

Forms

Capstone Registration Form (latest update 3.23.20)
Capstone Sample Rubric
Capstone Sample Signature Page

Sample Capstones

Biostatistics
Sample 1-Paper
Sample 1-Poster

Disaster Management
Sample 1-Paper

Environmental Health
Sample 1-Paper
Sample 1-Poster

Epidemiology
Sample 1-Paper
Sample 1-Poster
Sample 2-Paper
Sample 2-Poster

Gerontology
Sample 1-Paper

Health Policy & Management
Sample 1-Paper
Sample 1-Poster

Health Promotion and Behavior
Sample 1-Paper
Sample 1-Poster
Sample 2-Paper
Sample 2-Poster

MPH Student Handbook Archive:

2020-21 MPH Student Handbook
2020-21- MPH Field Placement Handbook

2019-20 MPH Student Handbook
2019-20 Field Placement Handbook
2018-19 MPH Student Handbook
2018-19 MPH Field Placement Handbook
2017-18 MPH Student Handbook
2017-18 MPH Field Placement Handbook
2016-17 MPH Student Handbook
2016-17 MPH Field Placement Handbook
2015-16 MPH Student Handbook
2015-16 MPH Field Placement Handbook