Capstone & Service Opportunities
The capstone is designed to be a supervised public health learning experience and a demonstration of the substantive application of the knowledge and skills that have been acquired in the core and concentration courses taken as part of the MPH Program. The capstone functions as both the practice experience and the culminating experience for the program.
Examples of past capstone titles:
- Preventing malnutrition among children in Southern Haiti: Trends, challenges and promising practices (MPH)
- Expanding the nursing role in health care in developing countries: An investigation of task shifting in HIV clinics in Nigeria (MS Nursing/MPH)
- Felony Diversion Initiative Drug Treatment Court: Evaluation of a developing initiative for Baltimore City's indigent, drug-addicted population (JD/MPH)
- Assessment of the quality of oral health care services delivered to the public through Jamaica's Government Dental Services (DDS/MPH)
- Analysis of healthcare utilization and costs at 3- to 5- year follow-up after acute lung injury (MD/MPH)
- Enhancing HIV/AIDS testing and linkage to care among high risk youth in Baltimore (MSW/MPH)
- Development of a statewide opioid overdose prevention program for Maryland (PharmD/MPH)
- Factors associated with insurance denials in hospitalized patients (Practicing MD, pursuing MPH)
Community Service Opportunites
Community service is one integral part of the MPH Program’s comprehensive approach towards the advancement of the public health practice. Essential to this work is assessing the needs of the immediate community, identifying and addressing community-based concerns where public health expertise can be applied, establishing a supportive culture for community-engaged faculty and students, and creating avenues for professional altruism. The MPH program has established several opportunities for meaningful community outreach and service-learning.
In the Service-Learning in Public Health Course (PH 699), students will engage in a community service learning activity within an organization/program affiliated with the Master in Public Health Program, the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, and/or the UMB Campus. This service activity will be responsive to the needs of the community and will vary from year to year. As a result of this course, students will gain experience working with communities to identify and address their public health needs. A key component of the course will be the application of skills and knowledge obtained in the classroom to real-world public health problems. Students will also gain a greater understanding of the importance of inter-professional approaches needed to prevent and treat chronic disease. This course will emphasize the role of service to the community as a critical component of the professional life of those in the field of public health.
For more information about the service-learning course, please contact the Course Master, Wendy Lane, MD, MPH.
The MPH Program has several additional opportunities for service and outreach. If you are interested in assisting with one of the programs below, contact the Program Coordinator for Workforce Development and Community Outreach, Oriyomi Dawodu.
Healthiest Maryland Schools
The Healthiest Maryland Schools (HMS) is a project supported by an inter-professional collaborative aimed at reducing the prevalence of childhood obesity through the implementation of multi-level interventions at schools with children and their caregivers. The program combines evidence-based obesity prevention programs involving primary care, the school environment, and family involvement in order to increase knowledge among low-income, urban, predominantly African American children in Kindergarten to grade 5 in West Baltimore schools about healthy eating practices and physical activity.
Kids to Farmers' Market Program
The Kids to Farmers’ Market project focuses on improving the eating habits and physical activity of inner city schoolchildren on Baltimore’s Westside.
The University Of Maryland School Of Dentistry's Dental Hygiene Program partners with the Maryland Dental Hygienists' Association annually to offer Sealants, free-of-charge to students in local schools. Sealants are a clear, colorless, odorless, protective plastic coating applied to the chewing surfaces of permanent molars and have been proven effective at helping reduce tooth decay. This service is targeted at children ages 6-12 who are receiving reduced-fee or free lunches.
Special Olympics Special Smiles
Special Smiles provides comprehensive oral health care information, including offering free dental screenings and instructions on correct brushing and flossing techniques to participating Special Olympics athletes. This also includes issuing preventative supplies like toothpaste and toothbrushes and fluoride varnish.
Project HEAL is Maryland’s only comprehensive medical-legal partnership. A community-based program of the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD) at Kennedy Krieger Institute, Project HEAL provides comprehensive advocacy and legal services for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Project HEAL attorneys collaborate with Kennedy Krieger health care professionals and trainees to ensure that patients receive the medical and legal care they need.
Taghi Modarressi Center for Infant Study and Secure Starts
Mental Health Clinicians are housed in two community programs that specialize in serving families who are experiencing poverty, trauma or homelessness and treating children with diagnoses, challenging behaviors and have suffered maltreatment and have been exposed to violence.
Ronald McDonald House Charities
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Baltimore provides a home away from home for seriously ill children and their families, and helps to fund programs in the local area that directly improve the well-being of children. Part of an international network serving children and families in 54 countries, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Baltimore is an independent, locally funded and controlled Chapter of one of the world’s most recognized and respected philanthropic organizations.