Global Health Studies Capstone

The below requirements apply to incoming Global Health Scholars (Class of 2021 and onward). Current Global Health Scholars (Class of 2019 and Class of 2020) should refer to the Program Requirements page or their GHS program advisor for details on their capstone requirements.


All Global Health Scholars will undertake a capstone project in the fall or spring of senior year. The capstone, which is separate from a student’s senior thesis, will be informed by the student’s experiential learning project and developed in consultation with a faculty mentor and the GHS Program Director.

To support students in completing these projects, all Global Health Scholars will enroll in a one semester “Global Health Colloquium” their senior year, where they will process their experiential learning projects and receive direction in developing capstones that meaningfully integrate their experiential learning project with other skills and knowledge acquired through the GHS Program.

The goals of the colloquium are two-fold:

  • to support students in producing capstone projects that thoughtfully synthesize and culminate their studies in the GHS MAP
  • to provide the community of Global Health Scholars the opportunity to constructively engage with and learn from the diverse work and perspectives of their full cohort as they individually share and collectively reflect on their interdisciplinary experiences.

Students are encouraged to think broadly in approaching the design of their capstone project. Projects can draw on the experiential learning experience, GHS MAP coursework, or other themes and issues relevant to their studies as Global Health Scholars. Capstone deliverables can take many forms, including: research manuscripts, policy briefs, program or policy critiques, journalistic pieces, scholarly essays, artistic creations, advocacy campaigns, and other options as agreed upon with the GHS Program Director, GHS capstone faculty instructor, and GHS faculty advisor.