Master's Research Project Guidelines

Purpose/Background

The Department of Public Health Sciences (PHS) Master’s programs aim is to teach students skills for a rational and analytic approach to problem solving from both investigative and managerial perspectives.

PHS Research Project is a requirement of all programs.  It is an opportunity for students to synthesize knowledge and skills gained during their course work. All students are to design, conduct, and write-up this project under the supervision of an essay chair and committee.

Requirements

Students are expected to have all required course work completed before beginning their research.

Exemption Request

Students with time constraints related to a fellowship or the completion of the program may request an exemption to the requirement by providing justification in writing to the Associate Chair for Education as to why the core courses not yet taken are not necessary for their research project. The Program Director will review the request and notification of decision will be provided to the student in writing.

Departmental Specifications

Topic

  • All students shall consult with their advisor on identification of a topic.
  • Master’s topics are reviewed and approved by the Program Director and must have a public health and/or population relevance.
  • Use of course assignments to satisfy research topic is prohibited for all students.

Committee

Chair: All students should consult with their advisor on identification of a Research Project Chair. This individual must hold a full-time faculty appointment in PHS (see Graduate Student Handbook).

Members: All students should consult with their advisor on identification of committee members. Most committess consist of at least three members. At least one member should have expertise in and commitment to the topic area.

Presentation Eligibility/Approval

  1. Discuss research project proposal topic/data with Nancy P. Chin, M.P.H., Ph.D., Associate Chair for Education, for approval.
  2. Submit completed Master's Research Project Presentation Form. (If an exemption is requested, see Exemption Request, above.)

Scheduling

  1. Search for an available date by contacting Elaine Topeck Ph: 275-6806
  2. Verify availability of committee

Abstract Submission

Student shall provide an electronic copy of the proposal abstract to Elaine Topeck at least 10 days before scheduled presentation.

Announcements

An electronic announcement of the presentation with abstract will be disseminated to all department faculty, staff, students and invited guests 1 week prior to presentation as well as posted throughout the department. A reminder notice will be be forwarded to the groups previously listed on the morning of the scheduled presentation.

Contacts

Nancy P. Chin, M.P.H., Ph.D., Associate Chair for Education, (585) 275-9780
Pattie Kolomic, Graduate Programs Administrator, (585) 275-7882

University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry
Department of Public Health Sciences
265 Crittenden Boulevard
Rochester, NY 14642-0644


IMPORTANT STEPS TOWARDS CAPSTONE PROJECT COMPLETION

 

Steps

Involvement

Description

1. Feasibility Inquiry

Student & Advisor

Idea discussion

2. General Topic Identification

Student & Advisor

Development of idea into topic

3. Identification of proposed Committee Chair

Student & Advisor

4. Research Committee Identified

Student, Advisor, Program Director, proposed Committee Chair and other faculty

Student secures agreement for involvement from suggested committee members

5. Topic & Committee Member Approval

Student & Program Director

Brief abstract submitted for discussion, review and approval  by Program Director

6. Committee Meeting

Student, Committee Chair and Committee Members

Refine topic and research question

 

Layout methods

 

Prepare timeline

7. Project Proposal

Student, Committee Chair and Committee Members

Preparation of proposal with review and feedback from Committee Chair and Members

8. Schedule Project Proposal Presentation

Student, Committee Chair, Committee Members, Graduate Programs Administrator

Completion & submission of Master’s Project Presentation Request Form (MEP-RF) to Graduate Programs Administrator for presentation eligibility verification

 

Schedule presentation with assistance of Elaine Topeck, Administrative Assistant

9.  Announcement of Project Proposal Presentation

Student & Graduate Programs Administrative Assistant

Submission of abstract to Administrative Assistant one week prior to presentation

 

Notice posted within department and forwarded via email to all PHS faculty and students one week prior to presentation date

10. Project Proposal Presentation

Student, Committee Chair and Members, PHS faculty and students

Student presents

11. Faculty Caucus

Student, Committee Chair and Members, other faculty

Provided feedback and suggestions based on presentation

12.  Project  

Student, Committee Chair and Members and Consultants as necessary

Data collection

 

Data analyses

 

Essay write up (draft format)

13. Committee Meeting(s)

Student, Committee Chair and Members

Review of progress and essay draft

 

Reworks based on feedback

14. First draft to Committee

 

Student

 

March 1 for May graduation

 

June 15 for August graduation

 

November 1 for December graduation

15. Final Project (see guidelines) Student, Committee Chair and Members, Graduate Programs Administrator

Submission of final project to Committee Chair & Members for sign off

 

Submission of final project via email to Graduate Programs Administrator

 

Submission of final abstract with findings to Graduate Programs Administrative Assistant