Date of Award

Fall 2017

Document Type

Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)

Department

Public Health

First Advisor

Elise J Bolda

Abstract

Master of Public Health (MPH) students at the Muskie School of Public Service have the opportunity to interact and work with public health professionals in Maine throughout the entirety of their degree program. Students work closely with public health professionals in a number of settings including graduate assistantships, research assistantships, field experience placements, capstone projects, and employment. This capstone project presents insights and suggestions collected from key informant interviews with public health professionals and employers in Maine who have worked directly with Muskie MPH students and graduates. The findings from this capstone will be beneficial to the MPH faculty and current and future students at the University of Southern Maine. Faculty will have a better understanding about employers’ experiences with students, strengths of MPH students, and suggested areas of improvement for the MPH program. Current and future Muskie MPH students will have a better grasp on their academic and professional strengths and weaknesses.

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