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Phase IV Expectations


    • Students who did not complete intensive course work in Phases I and II should schedule one or two four-week MSA elective courses early in Phase IV to work on their project (IDPT8091 and IDPT8093 - further information and registration form can be found at the bottom of this page)
    • Work on project between April and January
    • Communicate with your Associate Director
    • Meet regularly with your mentor
    • Submit first draft of paper
    • Complete scholarly product
    • Submit final 10-25 page MSA paper
    • Prepare and deliver a capstone poster presentation of your project
 

Phase IV Course Requirements and Timeline

  • ​Submit first draft of paper by December 15, 2015 through the Canvas Assignment (see below for rubrics and assessment criteria)
  • Submit final 10-25 page MSA paper by February 1, 2016 (Any Published paper is acceptable, but a contributorship​ statement is required if you are not the first author. Submit paper through Canvas Assignment. 
  • Present your work at your assigned poster session during the MSA capstone event on March 3, 2016 (see below for rubrics and assessment criteria). You will also be required to evaluate peer presentations at the MSA capstone event.
 
There are 3 parts to the MSA final product:

Paper – The paper will describe your project in detail as outlined below.  An accepted or published paper in a peer reviewed journal will satisfy the paper requirement, regardless of page limit, number of references, or authorship order.  An unpublished paper will be 10 to 25 pages in length, depending on your thematic area. Projects that use a critical analysis methodology (like in the Humanities) may be longer.  Draft and final paper will be double spaced, typed in 12 pt Arial font and have 1 inch margins.  Most papers will include the following components: cover page (title of paper, your name, mentor’s name – Please make a cover page even if you are submitting a peer-reviewed published paper), abstract, introduction, methods, results, limitations, conclusions, references (minimum of 20), and acknowledgements. If you are not the first author of the published paper or your project included work by another student, you must include a brief statement in which you explain your contribution to the project.

Poster – For all projects, the poster will summarize your paper and include some version of the following key components:  abstract, introduction, methods, results, limitations, conclusions, references, statement about funding and possible conflicts of interest and acknowledgments.

The abstract should be an approximately 250 word summary of your paper that includes the 1) title 2) background and objectives 3) methodology​ 4) results and 5) conclusions.    

Presentation – For all MSA projects, you will present your poster to faculty and students at the MSA capstone event in March. You should be prepared to present a brief 2-3 minute summary of the key components of your project and be prepared to answer questions.


MSA Course Syllabus​​


Phase IV Electives (IDPT 8091 and IDPT 8093)

Elective Course Requirements

This is a 4 week elective during phase IV. The purpose is to allow students to focus on completing the draft/final paper or prepare for the capstone presentation.

  • Students work intensively with mentors on their chosen MSA Project.
  • Students critically review background literature, define a question/hypothesis, develop and implement methods and study design, collect data, analyze and interpret data, and submit written progress reports for their MSA Project.

How do you sign up for the elective?

  1. Complete elective registration form​; within 30 days of starting elective.
  2. Have mentor sign off on elective registration form.
  3. Send mentored signed elective registration form to som.msa@ucdenver.edu or drop off at Meleah Himber's office (Building 500 – E1322D)
  4. The completed elective form will be sent by email to Student Life for registration. The student registering will be included in the email.

***Note if you are a student who traveled in your phase I/II for a global health MSA and plan on traveling in phase IV for your MSA, please email som.msa@ucdenver.edu to find out further details for registering.

 

If graduating off cycle, contact som.msa@ucdenver.edu for timeline.

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