Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)


Public Health

First Advisor

Brenda Joly


grant writing education, grant writing fundamentals, Muskie School of Public Health, Muskie School of Public Service


The primary aim of this capstone was to elicit feedback from public health and grant writing practitioners and funders in order to gather data that can be used to supplement teachings and readings for a course in the Muskie School of Public Service Masters in Public Health (MPH) graduate program. Two overarching questions served as the basis for this endeavor. The primary question for public health and grant writing practitioners was, “What are the most important lessons you have learned that you think graduate students who are writing their first proposals should know?” The primary question for funders was, “What are the aspects of an application you look for so that you can decide that the proposal is well planned, well researched, and is generally the type of proposal to receive funding?” The collective responses from these interviews provide a solid foundation for augmenting one or more courses in the MPH program, thereby providing students experience with important facets of the grant writing process and increasing their competitiveness in the job market.

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