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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 or published paper
    • Prepare and deliver a capstone poster presentation of your project

Phase IV Course R​equirements 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:

  1. 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  An unpublished paper will be 10 to 25 pages in length, depending on your thematic area.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.   
    1. 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:
      1. substantial contributions to conception or design of the work, or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; and
      2. drafting of the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and
      3. final approval of the version to be published; and
      4. 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. to an external site. Updated 2014)

      - Final Paper Rubric
       to an external site.Updated 2014. Accessed September 23, 2016
  2. ​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. 

  3. 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.
​​​​               - Poster/ Presentation Rubrics


    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. Register for the elective through Oasis​
    2. Both electives do require director approval, so you will be placed on a waitlist initially until your form has been reviewed. 
    3. 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. 
    4. 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 to find out further details for registering.

    If graduating off cycle, contact for timeline.