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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 committees 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 James G. Dolan, Chair for Education, (585) 276-5161, for approval.

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 forwarded to the groups previously listed on the morning of the scheduled presentation.

Contacts

James G. Dolan, Chair for Education, (585) 276-5161
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