GENERAL GUIDELINES ON WRITING ASSIGNMENTS:
 The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association is the required style guide for all written work.
 The MPH capstone should be a complete document consisting of the following sections:
Table of Contents
Abstract The abstract should summarize the project and major findings in a concise paragraph.
Introduction The introduction should frame the public health issue in a few concise paragraphs. It should end with a statement of purpose. The statement of purpose should be a clear and concise statement of the primary objective(s) of the work.
The literature review should cover the major relevant literature (or all of the literature if there are few relevant publications) in a clear, concise manner. It should end with a research question or questions. (25 professional journal articles cited)
Methods The methods section should explain, in a clear and organized fashion, how the project was conducted. The population under study should be clearly delineated, including the sampling frame, if appropriate, and sample sizes. The statistical methods and software used for analysis should be stated.
Results The results section should contain tables, charts and figures, as appropriate, to display study results. The major findings should be reported in the text, referring the reader to the appropriate tables, charts, and figures. Results should be reported clearly and logically, without discussion. If not an empirical work, the results should present the qualitative or literature based information on which the paper’s argument is based.
Discussion The discussion section should be a well-organized discussion of the major findings and should include comparison with previous studies and possible explanations for findings. The major limitations of the study and their possible effects on the study results should be presented. It should end with conclusions and recommendations. The conclusions/recommendations section should state the implications of the major findings and may include public health policy or suggestions as to how the finding informs a relevant public health policy issue.
Appendices including study tools.
 The written assignment should be word processed, be double-spaced and have one inch on top, bottom, left, and right margins. All assignments must be free of spelling, grammatical and typographic errors before they are submitted.
[a] It should have section headings, where appropriate, printed in bold.
[b] It should have page numbers on each page except the first page. The page numbers should be in the upper right corner.
[c] The assignments should be printed in a 12 character per inch font.
[d] There should be double spacing between paragraphs and after a heading.
[e] Papers must be delivered into the course shell drop box.
 References should be listed on the last pages. There should be a one-to-one correspondence of in-text citations and references.
 Preliminary drafts should be submitted to allow ample time for critique by the professor. Project reports are typically at least 25 pages long, not including appendices. A final original copy of your completed project will be kept in the Community Health Department office.
 Students’ written work should demonstrate mastery of public health terms, theories and concepts. All statements should be based on evidence and clearly referenced.
 The written assignments and the feedback students receive from the instructor are designed to advance the cause of critical thinking and writing. Students are expected to revise written assignments based on instructor’s comments.
 Any source the student uses in the composition of the assignments/papers must be cited fully and accurately. The University describes Academic Dishonesty on page 49 of the 2013 general catalog. Any failure (whether accidental and/or intentional) to follow the standards of scholarly accuracy constitutes dishonesty and will result in a mark of ‘U’ for this course.
 Students are advised to study the style of research articles from major peer-review journals, such as the American Journal of Public Health, American Journal of Epidemiology, and the New England Journal of Medicine to review examples of methods, results, and discussion sections and to obtain ideas for the formatting of data tables.
 The MPH capstone is the work of a future public health professional; therefore it should be professional in all aspects. The thesis should be written for a public health audience that includes one or more of the following: researchers, policymakers, program directors, healthcare and other service providers, epidemiologists, intervention developers, and/or program evaluators. It should be methodologically rigorous, but addressed to a broad public health audience.