Discuss the reasons why you are pursuing a degree in public health and what your plans are following graduation. 

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1-2 Discussion: Beginning Project Research: Public Health Issue Identification and Selection (two pages)

Discuss the reasons why you are pursuing a degree in public health and what your plans are following graduation.  Next, review the shortlist of resources included in the Public Health Issue Data Checklist and the example health issues for potential exploration in your final project. In choosing an issue, be sure that sufficient information exists for the problem, especially as it relates to the particular community (preferably your own) that is affected by it. (Note: You are encouraged to spend the next two weeks locating data sources for your proposal.)  In your initial post, address the following:

· Describe the public health issue you have chosen. Why are you interested in this topic, and what is its impact on the community?

· Where do you plan to get started with your research? Are there any additional resources outside of those noted in the Public Health Data Checklist that you plan to explore?


WEEK#1: What is the Public Health Issue?

To support you  in preparing for the final capstone project, this week you will begin exploring issues of public health.  The first component is a comprehensive and professional Public Health Program Proposal and the second is an Academic and Professional Reflection.  Make sure to review your final project guideline and rubric and review the resources that are listed within the public health data checklist.

Note: This week, (if you have not already) you will identify a public health issue, either in your own community or a community of your choosing, evaluate the key issues of the problem and its impact on the community, along with plausible solutions. Make sure to review the rubric associated. Pay close attention to all of the requirements as well as prepping yourself for WEEK #2.

  You will focus on problem identification and the public health statement which is due in Module #2.  If there are any questions, feel free to contact me directly. Congratulations on your journey thus far and welcome again to the public health capstone course!



2-1 Final Project Milestone One: Problem Identification and Statement
Instructions ( Two pages)  
For this first milestone, you will identify the public health issue you have chosen to research for your final proposal. In a brief but formal problem statement, you will outline the scope and nature of the problem and include a discussion of the community affected by the problem. In addition, you will identify your overall goals in seeking to solve the problem.  To complete this assignment, review the Milestone One Guidelines and Rubric document.
5-1 Final Project Milestone Two: Complete Statement of Problem and Needs Assessment

( 5 pages)

For this second milestone, you will submit a complete statement of the public health issue you have identified as well as a needs assessment to help inform the program recommendations you will be making as part of Milestone Three due in Module Seven.  For the discussion in Module Three, you shared with your classmates some of your findings regarding the community that is affected by your chosen public health issue. This milestone will provide you with an opportunity to more closely describe the assets and needs of the community; to discuss the benefits of collaborating with the community to assess its own needs; to analyze data; and to prepare findings, assess priorities, and develop actions to help solve the health problem in the community.  Note: You are not expected to conduct a new needs assessment. Rather, use the webpages provided in the Public Health Issue Data Checklist and your own research to collect your data from other existing sources that are relevant to your chosen public health issue and the community it affects.  To complete this assignment, review the Milestone Two Guidelines an




7-1 Final Project Milestone Three: Academic Rationale and Program Recommendations ( 7 pages)

For this last milestone, you will provide the program recommendations to solve the public health issue that you have been researching. You will also provide an academic rationale for these program recommendations to ensure that they align with the program goals you identified as the concluding section of the complete statement of problem and needs assessment that you outlined in Milestone Two.  To complete this assignment, review the Milestone Three Guidelines and Rubricdocument.



9-1 Final Project Component 1 Submission: Public Health Program Proposal
Submit your final Public Health Program Proposal. This comprehensive and professional proposal should include all four primary sections as outlined in the Final Project Guidelines and Rubric: Statement of the ProblemNeeds AssessmentAcademic Rationale, and Program Recommendations. Be sure to incorporate all instructor feedback from your previous milestones. Also, incorporate any feedback you received from your instructor and from your classmates in the discussions and optional journals throughout the course.  Remember, your final public health program proposal should be submitted in a professional format. The final proposal should be in the range of 20 pages. In completing a proposal in a professional environment, you would not typically have page requirements or limitations, and therefore the 20-page range is a suggestion, and you should use your best professional judgment regarding the length of your proposal. All four primary sections of the proposal, addressed in all three milestones, should be brought together to form a cohesive whole. Be sure to provide a comprehensive introduction and a strong conclusion.  To complete this assignment, review the Final Project Guidelines and Rubric document

10-1 Final Project Component 2 Submission: Academic and Professional Reflection ( continuing

9-1 final project Component.

Submit your final reflection. This essay is your chance to reveal and discuss your thoughts about the process and outcomes of this project, your journey through your master’s program, and how you plan to position yourself professionally. Writing reflectively allows you to think deeply and consciously about your experiences. Your ability to self-analyze in a business-appropriate manner, to address areas of growth, and to articulate goals and plans is invaluable to successful practice.  To complete this assignment, review the Final Project Guidelines and Rubric document.