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​Thesis/Master's paper

Students complete an individual, mentored Thesis or Master Paper.


Students in the thesis track collect and analyze data on a relevant public health topic or conduct detailed secondary analyses of an existing database. This track is open to students who achieve above-average grades in the first semester courses. Theses are submitted in writing and defended in an oral examination at the end of the year.

Master Paper

Students who choose this track write a paper on a public health problem which is relevant to their country. The paper may comprise a detailed research project proposal, a program review, or an in-depth analysis of an emerging or existing public health problem.
Master papers are submitted in writing and presented at the end of the year.

Master's Thesis Topics 2019-2020

  • From diabetes to stroke: A 10 year historical cohort on the incidence, risk factors and outcome of stroke among type two diabetic patients in Israel
  • Associations between postnatal exposure to ambient temperature and rapid infant weight gain: A historical cohort study
  • The effectiveness of the community-based SPARSH programme in Central Gujarat district of Anand, India in the control of diabetes and hypertension
  • Women's exposure to intimate partner violence and adverse perinatal outcomes, child mortality and nutrition: findings from the Myanmar Demographic and Health Survey
  • Risk factors of congenital hypothyroidism in Israel
  • Body size from birth to adulthood and biological aging
  • Gender effects on cardiovascular risk factors

Master's Paper Topics 2019-2020

  • Cholera outbreak prevention, preparedness and response in Bwaise slum, Kampala, Uganda
  • Delivering videoconferencing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to improve the health outcomes of patients with depression in remote area Lethem, Guyana
  • A randomized controlled clinical trial comparing the effectiveness of a brief health talk alone or supplemented by phone text message (SMS) in promoting cervical cancer awareness and screening uptake among women aged between 21 and 65 years in Port-au-Prince, Haiti
  • A pilot study of utilizing EMDR therapy to address PTSD among opioid-dependent clients in Itega methadone clinic in Dodoma, Tanzania
  • Proposal to assess khat-chewing habit and its public health impacts in North Shewa, Ethiopia
  • Dengue Fever in Dominican Republic: a proposal to increase community awareness on dengue prevention strategies, and to improve health workers’ skill on dengue surveillance community of El Peñon, Barahona Province, Dominican Republic
  • Facilitators and barriers to effective uptake of community-based management of malaria in children under five years in rural districts of Northern Uganda
  • Emerging childhood obesity epidemic in Fiji - interventions using a systems approach
  • Project proposal to improve the nutritional status of under-five children in the Kumbungu district of the northern region of Ghana
  • Going back to the roots before the maize era: grant proposal to improve nutrition in Zambia through agriculture and diet diversity intervention program
  • Evaluation of routine immunization system in Kaduna State, Nigeria
  • An intervention program to improve hand hygiene and to prevent diarrhea and respiratory infections among 2-5 year old kindergarten children in Ulaanbaatar city, Mongolia
  • Increasing uptake of HIV testing and linkage to care among male partners of pregnant women attending an antenatal clinic in urban Blantyre, Malawi
  • Fiji’s silent epidemic of asymptomatic sexually transmitted infections
graduation ceremony
IMPH student receives diploma