Number of credits required:
30 credits total, 3 of which are from the Capstone / Internship project.

Comprehensive exams, proposal and/or final defenses:
There are no comprehensive exams. Successful completion of the Capstone / Internship project is required. The Capstone / Internship course requires all students to produce a written report of no less than 20 pages, describing their research project or their fieldwork. Students are encouraged to present the results of their Capstone / Internship project at the HAPI program’s annual poster session, held in early August and attended by the incoming students, as well as the graduating students. In addition to the voluntary poster session, the HAPI program requires students to write weekly blog posts on their experiences. This requirement fosters both cooperation and community among students who may be in far-flung places and positions. Faculty also monitors and comments on blog posts, and are available to consult with students if there are issues during the Capstone project, including correct application of skills from coursework.

The students file proposals for Capstone / Internship project with the HAPI Program Directors by March 15, prior to the start of the project. These proposals outline plans for their research or fieldwork, complete with deadlines and expectations for the final written product to be submitted to the program. The mentors / placement site and the directors’ approval of the proposals is required to move forward with the Capstone / Internship project.

Successful progression through the program is monitored on a regular basis (mid-semester and end-of-semester) with extra check-ins for students who are encountering any challenges and with interventions for students who do not perform well in one or more of their courses. 

Sample Course of Study:
This is a 30 credit program. 27 credits are in required courses, including a 3-credit Capstone / Internship. Two 3-credit electives may be taken from a select, limited list. Other electives may be taken if approved by the course director. Course Descriptions can be found on the link to the left.

Sample Course Progression by Semester (chart)

  FALL PRE-SESSION FALL SPRING SUMMER

CORE COURSES

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Theory and Methods of Inquiry I (2)

Theory and Methods of Inquiry II (4)

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CORE COURSES

Health in Context: the Social World of Health and Illness (3)

Biology of Disease (2)

Effective Advocacy (2)

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CORE COURSES

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Communicating Health, Communicating Illness (3)

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CORE COURSES

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Health Regulation and Economics (3)

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CAPSTONE / INTERNSHIP PROJECT

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Capstone / Internship Project (3)

CORE
SEMINAR

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Core Seminar (1)

Core Seminar (1)

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ELECTIVES*

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Elective (3)*

Elective (3)*

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SEMESTER CREDITS


3


11


13


3

    * Two 3-credit electives may be taken from a select, limited list.

 


Semester 1 (Fall Pre-Session - August session)

Core Courses

HAPI-000  Health in Context: the Social World of Health and Illness (3 credits) 

Total semester credits: 3


Semester 2 (Fall)

Core Courses

HAPI-000  Theory and Methods of Inquiry 1: Evaluating Clinical and Epidemiological Research (2 credits)
HAPI-000  Biology of Disease (2 credits)
HAPI-000  Health Regulation and Economics (3 credits)
HAPI-000  Seminar (1 credit)

Elective (3 credits)

Total semester credits: 11


Semester 3 (Spring)

Core Courses

HAPI-000  Theory and Methods of Inquiry 2: Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Methods (4 credits)
HAPI-000  Effective Advocacy and Effective Solutions (2 credits)
HAPI-000  Communicating Health, Communicating Illness (3 credits)
HAPI-000  Seminar (1 credit)

Elective (3 credits)

Total semester credits: 13


Semester 4 (Summer - May-July session)

Capstone / Internship Project (3 credits)

Total semester credits: 3

Grand Total credits: 30


Sample Electives 

  • Institutional Discourse  (3 credits)
  • Women’s Health (3 credits)
  • Politics of Food  (3 credits)
  • Population Change, Prospects and Challenges (3 credits)
  • Social Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • Comparative Health Systems (3 credits)

 

Course Descriptions, and information about the Capstone / Internship Project can be found on the links at the top left of this page.