College of Health Sciences

Public Health Capstone Projects

All Master of Public Health candidates are required to do a yearlong Capstone project that integrates practice and research. Below are examples of recent Capstones.

Rachel Jenkins ’18MPH, MMS

Landscaping in Lockup: The Effects of Gardening Programs on Prison Inmates
Rachel’s thesis examined the effect of gardening programs on the psychosocial health of incarcerated individuals in the U.S. Prison system. Her abstract was presented in the poster session at the Community and Public Health Conference: Strengthening the Health of Pennsylvanians in Spring 2016. 

Shown at right: Rachel at Conference, with Adjunct Professor Natasha Patterson.

Dan Sexton ’16MPH

Human Trafficking: The Antithesis of Human Rights
Dan explored human trafficking within the human rights framework, focusing on how this framework influences policy in the United States, Mexico, China, and Russia. The thesis compared and contrasted these countries’ trafficking policies and made best practices policy recommendations aimed at prevention, protection, and prosecution of traffickers.

Lindsey Flanagan ’16MPH

A Parental Perspective of Neighborhoods: The Relationship Between the Built Environment and Physical Activity
Lindsey studied the relationship between parental assessments and perceptions of their built environment and community resources and the level of physical activity of their children, ages six to 12.

Sarah Hubbard ’16MPH

Knowledge, Attitudes and Awareness of On Campus Mental Health Services in College Students
Sarah examined the relationship between exposure to mental health education in high school and the level of knowledge of on-campus mental health services and support groups in undergraduates. To investigate this relationship, the study assessed students’ exposure to mental health education in high school, resources utilized by college students to obtain mental health information, and avenues of awareness of on-campus mental health services.