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Professional Paper

A professional paper is required of all students and serves as a capstone, applied-learning experience. The professional paper will typically describe a public health action, intervention, or an increase in knowledge useful to public health practice that has resulted from the student’s internship experience, professional employment, or research. An independent study course may be used to form the research or professional experience into the professional paper.

The professional paper courses (MPH 6991, MPH 6992) are initiated in sequence after the completion of the following courses. The professional paper is presented orally in a seminar format upon completion of MPH 6992. Prerequisites for MPH 6992 include all core courses.


Prerequisites for MPH 6991
 MPH 6000 - Public Health Practice
 MPH 6002 - Ethics and Law in Public Health
 MPH 6011 - Introduction to Epidemiology
 MPH 6020 - Research Methods

Resources for Students

MPH 6991-6992 Overview
Professional Paper Guidelines
Potential Topics for Professional Paper
Professional Paper Concept Sheet
MPH 6992 Sample Professional Paper
MPH 6991 Syllabus - Fall 2014
MPH 6992 Syllabus - Spring 2015