- 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 or published paper
- Prepare and deliver a capstone poster presentation of your project
Phase IV Course Requirements and Timeline
- Submit first draft of paper by December 1, 2020 through the Canvas Assignment (see below for rubrics and assessment criteria).
- Submit final 10-25 page MSA paper by February 1, 2021 (Any Published paper is acceptable, but a contributorship statement is required if you are not the first author. Submit paper through Canvas Assignment.
- Submit Capstone Data Form in Canvas by February 8, 2021. This confirms your presentation at Capstone and assigns you a presentation slot.
- Present your work at your assigned poster session during the MSA capstone event on March 9, 2021 (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:
- Poster/ Presentation Rubrics
- 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 An unpublished paper will be 10 to 25 pages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. 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.
- For Contributorship: according to the guidelines of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), authorship credit should be based on the following 4 criteria:
- substantial contributions to conception or design of the work, or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; and
- drafting of the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and
- final approval of the version to be published; and
- agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.
International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. Recommendations for the conduct, reporting, editing, and publication of scholarly work in medical journals. http://www.icmje.org. Updated 2014)
- Final Paper Rubric
- Poster - For all projects, the poster will summarize
your paper and include the following key components: introduction, methods, results,
limitations, conclusions, statement about funding and possible conflicts
of interest and acknowledgments.
- Presentation – For all MSA projects, you will present
your poster to faculty and students at the MSA capstone event in February. 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.
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?
Both electives do require director approval, so you will be placed on a waitlist initially until your form has been reviewed.
IDPT 8091 is a pre-requisite for IDPT 8093, so you will not be able to register for IDPT 8093 until you have been added to IDPT 8091.
You also must contact your mentor about enrolling in the elective and upload the mentor approval (an email with the section dates is sufficient) within Oasis using the form for the course.
***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 firstname.lastname@example.org to find out further details for registering.
If graduating off cycle, contact email@example.com for timeline.