Community-Based Master's Project
The Community-Based Master’s Project (CBMP) comprises the
culminating experience required of full-time second year Drexel MPH students
and MD/MPH students. Students spend approximately 12 hours per week gaining public
health practice experience at community site, working as an integral part of the
organization. In preparation for developing their final paper, students are required
Identify an issue or problem of significance to the community or
Synthesize the literature
Develop an approach or methodology to address the issue
Implement and test the validity of a proposed approach or set out a
detailed prescription for addressing the problem.
The completion of a CBMP project and accompanying master’s paper are
required as part of the Drexel MPH degree. Students must complete and defend a
master’s paper based on their CBMP experience, and present a poster session to
faculty, peers and their community preceptor. Some students go on to publish
their results, or gain employment at the host agency where they may become
preceptors for future students.
The CBMP is designed to integrate public health academic studies with public health
practice skills. CBMP projects must:
Address a need identified by the host organization
Benefit the community or a particular target population
Support SPH goals and objectives
Directly relate to a student’s academic goals, objectives, and
Involve appropriate SPH faculty as preceptors and advisors.
Students develop a written learning agreement in consultation with a faculty
advisor and the community preceptor. Sponsoring agencies designate a qualified member
of their staff to serve as the community-based preceptor for each assigned SPH
student. The preceptor guides the student's experience on site, helps him/her
think critically about the concrete details and meaning of activities, and
facilitates interactions with agency staff and community members.
For more information about working with our MPH students, please contact Ellie Lippmann (firstname.lastname@example.org)
or complete and return the Drexel SPH Project Proposal Form.