The purpose of the capstone (also referred to as a culminating experience) is to have MPH students demonstrate the application and mastery of the MPH program core competencies. This culminating experience is required by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), the accrediting agency for programs of public health. The capstone thesis allows students to demonstrate proficiency in the public health core and cross-cutting competencies. Students conduct a comprehensive review of the scientific evidence related to a public health issue, concern, or intervention over two semesters. Students will work closely with Public Health faculty to identify a meaningful and scholarly capstone thesis that will contribute to the discipline of public health. Students develop their capstone thesis based on their academic interests and their future career goals. The successful completion and presentation of the capstone thesis as well as the successful completion of a comprehensive written examination signifies that the MPH student is prepared to be a public health practitioner.