Capstone Project // Eck Institute for Global Health // University of Notre Dame

Eck Institute for Global Health

Capstone Project

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The Capstone Project is a unique and exciting core component of the Master of Science in Global Health curriculum. The Capstone project enables students to make connections between classroom learning and real health needs of resource-poor settings around the world through a hands-on six to eight week field experience. Working with Notre Dame Faculty and their international partners, students have the opportunity to conceptualize and implement a research project of their own or to work within existing research, helping faculty to advance ongoing projects.

This project, accompanied by Capstone classes, spans the course of the calendar year. This project has a research component that will require a formal research proposal and Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval to conduct field research. Most students will conduct research internationally, but domestic research is possible as well. The student, Faculty Supervisor, and the MS in Global Health program will agree upon the Capstone Project in the early weeks of the first semester. Ideally, the Capstone Project will not only be an interesting learning experience for the student, but also a worthwhile project that supports faculty research or contributes to a global health organization.

Given its uniqueness, the Capstone Project is the key component that sets the University of Notre Dame’s Master of Science in Global Health apart from other schools of public health and global health. Students talk about how this experience is transformative in nature. This is what a few students have said following their Capstone experience.

Zoe Cross ‘10, MS ‘12:  “I came here with very little research experience. And in just one year I’ve learned to competently begin and carry through a project from data collection to project design to preparing a paper for publication.”

Annette Ruth ‘11, MS ‘12:  “When you see the problems first-hand and then have to respond to them and then have to think critically about them in context, it’s like anything else. It is an invaluable and very unique experience that really makes this global health program one-of-a-kind.”

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