There will be two Capstone Course options for students enrolled in the MS in EID:
Option 1: MS students will develop a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-style research proposal focusing on a topic related to infectious disease epidemiology. This course will be taken by students in the final semester of their MS. Students will meet as a group for cross-cutting didactic sessions on reading RFAs (Requests for Applications), NIH peer review and scoring, effective grant writing and grantsmanship, and budget construction. Students will work outside of these sessions with faculty mentors in 1:1 to construct their grant proposals over the course of the semester. They will work with other students in the course to refine their projects and will deliver an oral presentation of their proposal during the final Capstone Course symposium of the end of the semester.
Option 2: MS students may elect to enroll in the EMD course entitled Laboratory and Field Studies in Infectious Diseases (EMD563). This course is intended to provide students with hands-on training in laboratory or epidemiological research techniques. Students will work 1:1 with faculty members on existing or new projects. Students choosing this option will write up and present their findings at the final Capstone Course symposium at the end of their final semester.