• Discuss the elements of the MPH thesis requirement;
  • Recognize each of the faculty members available to them as thesis advisors, and be familiar with their various academic interests and specialties;
  • Assemble a functional and responsive thesis committee;
  • Review the available international health organizations and other resources in Seattle who could provide support in the conduct of their thesis;
  • Discuss the issues involved in working abroad;
  • Design a research proposal, including framing research questions, gathering and organizing data, various methods of analysis;
  • Apply for UW human subjects approval for thesis projects; and
  • Be enthusiastic about and eager to write a publishable thesis.
  • Build a cohort of Global Health MPH students who have a sense of camaraderie and understand the importance of their community of friends and colleagues for their lifetimes

Welcome to GH 593A

Thesis Workshop for MPH students
in the Department of Global Health
Spring, 2010 GH593A

(UW Schedule Line Number 13678)

Mondays, 3:30 to 4:50 pm, Room T498

(Health Sciences Building)

Class of 2011
Class of 2011 (entering 2009)

Instructors: Amy Hagopian, Wendy Johnson

The purpose of the Dept of Global Health MPH Thesis workshop, which we call “How to Love your Thesis,” is to familiarize incoming students with the requirements for completing a thesis.  We also introduce new students to the various international health organizations and faculty members available as resources for their projects.

2010 Date
3/29 Elements of a thesis proposal

Wendy & Amy

Leave time for small group work at the end
4/5 Literature review Part 2 Wendy & Amy

Bring your laptops and bibliography program (Zotero? EndNote?)

4/12 Check in with faculty in small groups Invitations have gone out to faculty Scheduled: Stephen Bezruchka, Amy Hagopian, Aaron Katz, Jim LoGerfo, Kenny Sherr, Susan Thompson
4/19 A conversation with the Director Steve Gloyd


4/26 Field Guide to conducting research (Part I) topics include budgeting, timing, logistics, relations with in-country organizations 2nd year or alumni students invited Javiera Martinez, Sarah Hohl, Sato Miho, Noah Derman
5/3 Field Guide (Part II) topics include data collection, data management, data entry 2nd year or alumni students invited Beatriz Thome, Lee Pyne-Mercier, Carla Toko, Michaela Leslie-Rule
5/10 Publishing your thesis Tom Koepsel Tom: 543-8830 (koepsell@uw.edu) confirmed
5/17 The problems of privilege and research Julia Robinson & Tracy Harachi  
5/24 Wrap up and staying in touch Michelle & Chloe  
5/31 Holiday    



Revision of requirements for a thesis committee chair!

The Thesis Chair has the overall responsibility of guiding students through the process of the successful completion of a thesis, which fulfills the requirements of the Graduate School, the School of Public Health, and the Department of Global Health MPH Program. A GH MPH Thesis Chair must have a faculty appointment in the School of Public Health or the Department of Global Health, as well as be a member of the Graduate Faculty.