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MA Public Health Biology Thesis

1st Term
Variable Credit
Academic Year
2024 - 2025
Instruction Method
Asynchronous Online
Auditors Allowed
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Contact Name
Barry Zirkin
Contact Email
Frequency Schedule
Every Year
Provides an opportunity for students to, in consultation with a faculty mentor from the Dept of Biochem and Molecular Bio, Environmental Health or Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, prepare a critical, scholarly paper on an agreed upon subject area.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Compose, explain and defend a 20-30 page scholarly thesis that demonstrates a deep understanding of how biological principles and methods are used to understand, treat and/or prevent a particular condition of importance in the public health arena.
  2. Critically evaluate data described in scientific papers and integrate data from multiple papers into coherent theories about the regulation of complex biological processes and diseases.
  3. Synthesize public health principles learned during prior coursework through original writing project.
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 100% Final Paper
Enrollment Restriction
Only for students in the Master of Arts program in Public Health Biology.
Special Comments

Students must take MA in Public Health Biology Thesis in addition to a minimum of 42-43 didactic course credits in order to complete the degree program. A primary and secondary reader will be assigned to evaluate each student's Thesis. At least one reader will be from one of the three departments offering the program; Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Environmental Health and Engineering and Molecular Microbiology and Immunology.