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Integrative Project

Integrative Project Contacts

If you have questions please reach out to one of the Integrative Project (IP) contacts below.

Practice Experience AdministratorAndrew
Director of Applied LearningJamie
Biostatistics PE/IP CoordinatorByung
Epidemiology PE/IP CoordinatorSarah
Environmental Systems & Human Health PE/IP CoordinatorTawnya
Health Management & Policy PE/IP CoordinatorRobin
Health Promotion PE/IP CoordinatorBradley
Public Health Practice PE/IP CoordinatorRobin

What Is The Integrative Project?

The key culminating step for each MPH student is the Integrative Project (IP). Through the IP, a high-quality written product is produced, which we call the “IP paper.” Through the IP paper, students demonstrate their academic learning and public health practice skills through the synthesis of foundational and program competencies and application of those competencies to complex public health issues. The paper will take the form of a substantial written product such as a program evaluation, policy or economic analysis, grant proposal, health promotion or community engagement program plan, publishable manuscript, or other written product that demonstrates integration of three foundational (one must include Foundational Competency #6) and three program competencies. Appropriate types of written products vary by program, type of practice experience (if the two are integrated), and the student’s career goals. We recommend (but do not require) that the IP paper build upon work conducted in the Practice Experience. For example, students may write a high-quality written paper using the findings from a statistical analysis performed in support of a research project that is separate from their Practice Experience.

Integrative Project Guidelines

The Integrative Project develops a high-quality written product of professional standard. This paper must demonstrate your ability to integrate Foundational and Programmatic competencies developed during your MPH training. It may be derived from your Practice Experience, or it may be a separate written document. Registration in the Integrated Project course may occur after, or simultaneously with, registration in the Practice Experience course.

A list of the MPH Foundational Competencies can be found here – Link to MPH Foundational Competencies.

The form of the IP paper is expected to vary by student and MPH program. Please look at the syllabus for the Integrative Project for more information. A non-exhaustive list of examples of substantive and approvable written products include:

  • a program evaluation plan or report
  • a high quality draft or publishable journal manuscript
  • a grant proposal
  • a health promotion or community engagement program plan
  • an economic analysis
  • a policy analysis

At minimum, the IP will contain a thoroughly defined overview, background and significance, a thorough literature review, a discussion or critical analysis that demonstrates integration of at least three Foundational and three Programmatic competencies, and a statement of your practice around equity and positionality.

We expect your paper will demonstrate: a thorough knowledge of a public health issue; the ability to articulate an “equity lens” (Foundational Competency #6) and an understanding of your positionality relative to the selected public health issue; the ability to apply existing theory and empirical evidence, the ability to articulate the public health implications of a policy, program, or research study, and effective written communication.

Project Proposal & Registration

You will submit your Integrative Project Proposal form, signed by your Faculty Advisor, to the program’s Integrative Project Coordinator/Instructor by the end of the 5th week of the term prior to registration in the Integrative Project course.

The form requires brief descriptions of all of the following:

  • the topic area and scope
  • applicability to professional goals
  • sources of empirical evidence
  • at least three Foundational Competencies to be addressed; one must include Foundational Competency #6
  • at least three Programmatic Competencies to be addressed
  • the primary public health implications

Below is the timeline of the steps required to complete the integrative project registration.

Activities & Deadlines Timeline – Before You Register

Steps to approve your proposal in the term prior to registration.





WEEK 8 - 10

Partner With Coordinator

Work with your coordinator to identify possible projects for your Integrative Project.

Start Proposal Form

Start working on the Integrative Project Proposal form to submit to your coordinator for registration.

Submit Proposal Draft

Submit the Integrative Project Proposal form draft to your coordinator for review.

Submit Finished Form

Incorporate feedback from your coordinator to your Integrative Project proposal form and submit the finished form version to your coordinator.

Complete Registration

Registration is completed for Integrative Project.

IP Activities & Deadlines

Your final paper will be reviewed by at least two SPH faculty other than your Faculty Advisor, and these faculty are likely to be cross-disciplinary and from outside of your specific MPH’s program. The grading rubric will follow the student learning objectives (knowledge of issue, application of theory, evidence integration of competencies, equity lens, and quality of writing). The Integrative Project paper course is graded A-F and carries one credit.

Below is the timeline of the steps to complete the integrative project during the term students are enrolled.

Activities & Deadlines Timeline – After You Register

WEEK 1 - 3



WEEK 8 -10


Gather Resources

Prepare your outline and assemble literature for your Integrative Project.

Organize Outline

  • Draft of Cover Page
  • Clearly defined overview
  • Thorough literature review
  • Outline of Methods/Process
  • Table shells if applicable
  • Paragraph outline of specified
  • Outline of discussion

First Draft Due

Submit the first draft of the Integrative Project paper to your advisor or coordinator.

Update Draft

Include feedback from your advisor or coordinator to help polish and improve your paper.

Final Paper Due

Submit your final draft of your Integrative Project paper to your advisor and/or coordinator by the end of the Finals Week.

Important Resources

Project Syllabus

Download IP Syllabus

Project Proposal

Download IP Proposal

Frequently Asked Questions

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