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A capstone project is a substantive and original body of work that allows students to synthesize and integrate knowledge from their public health and chosen focus area coursework through a written final product and e-portfolio. The capstone represents the culmination of the student’s educational experience in the Vanderbilt MPH Program.

Each student is responsible for identifying  a focus area for their capstone with the assistance and guidance of their capstone advisor.

Area of Focus

At the time they submit their Culminating Experience selection (Year 1, Spring term), each student will identify the area(s) of focus for their Capstone. Examples include:

  • Leadership and Management
  • Public Health Informatics
  • Implementation Science
  • Global Health
  • Health Policy
  • Biomedical Ethics
  • Latino and Latina Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT+) Health
  • Other area of focus appropriate to the student’s educational and professional goals and approved by the Capstone adviser
Student Topic and Mentor(s)
Raphael Abayateye Assessing How International Trade of Primary Products Shapes Health in Sub-Saharan Africa
Carolyn Heinrich, Ph.D.
Savannah Collier Targeted Messaging in Firearm Injury Prevention Training for Pediatricians
Shari Barkin, M.D., M.S.H.S.
Lauren Mitchell Health Communications: How to Communicate Complexity Simply
Stacie Dusetzina, Ph.D.
Alyssa Rentuza The Importance of Evaluation in Public Health Partnerships
Elizabeth Williams, M.D., M.P.H.
Vicky Waithe A Roadmap to Bundle Implementation: Operationalizing a Value-Based Care Program in a Dynamic Health System
David Stevenson, Ph.D.
Caitlin Washburn Utilizing Community Health Workers During COVID-19: A Sustainable Vision for a Productive Future
Amy Richardson, M.P.H.