Culminating Experience

The culminating experience in the Social and Behavioral Sciences concentration requires students to design and develop of an integrative professional electronic portfolio referred to as myefolio.

Students are required to design and develop an electronic portfolio using the myefolio system. Upon matriculation into the Department, each student is provided with their own private portfolio site. The intent is that students will develop the portfolio gradually during their time at the School, and perform the final synthesis and integration activities on the site during their final semester.

In each of the SB core and selective courses, the instructors will cue the students as to what content should be placed on their electronic portfolio sites. The sites will thus be developed as students move along in the program. Students will be responsible for tracking their own progress and reporting their progress to their advisor as well as through a survey administered by the curriculum coordinator each semester.

Why an Electronic Portfolio?

An electronic portfolio is a tool for learning, reflection, integration, and showcasing, all through the container of your own professional web site:

Learning

Developing an electronic portfolio is a learning process, a way to deepen your understanding of critical public health concepts, to put your coursework and field experience into perspective, to demonstrate the knowledge and skills you have obtained, and to assess your own mastery of the core competencies in your chosen concentration and field.

Reflection

The electronic portfolio will give you the opportunity to reflect on what knowledge, skills, and attributes you have gained inside and outside the classroom, to make connections between what you have learned, where you are, and where you want to go professionally in the future, and to identify what skills and qualities you have to offer as a public health professional and how you can make a personal contribution to the advancement of the public’s health.

Integration

The electronic portfolio allows you to integrate all the different parts of your experience at BUSPH from the classroom to the research laboratory to the community. It allows you not only to look backwards, but to look ahead, to set goals for your future, and to bridge the gap from your MPH program to the public health world.

Showcasing

The electronic portfolio is an opportunity and platform for you to showcase your skills and talents in public health, to collect and share your work with prospective employers, colleagues, friends and family, and to begin the task of connecting with the larger local, national, and international spheres of the public health world.

Learning Objectives

The culminating experience in the Social and Behavioral Sciences concentration is designed to achieve the following objectives:

  • To help students formulate their own mission statement and to assemble an integrative electronic portfolio that will aid them in moving from their public health training to the workforce;
  • To illustrate how students have synthesized and integrated knowledge acquired in their coursework in the analysis and resolution of a significant public health problem;
  • To illustrate how students have applied social and behavioral sciences theories and principles to the assessment of a public health problem and the development of a proposed approach to address that problem;
  • To serve as a means by which the Department can judge whether or not a student has achieved proficiency in the core competencies for the social and behavioral sciences;
  • To serve as a means by which students can articulate and present the specific ways in which they have achieved proficiency in the ASPH core competencies for the social and behavioral sciences; and
For examples of student efolios, please click here.

Advising and Approval

The students faculty advisor will serve as the primary source of advice and guidance throughout the culminating experience. Faculty advisors will guide students in the development of their electronic portfolios.

Final approval of the electronic portfolio presentation will be the responsibility of the students academic advisor. It is expected that students will work with their faculty advisors throughout their entire time in the program, sharing the portfolio at various stages upon the way to completion. In the students final semester they will be expected to provide evidence of their progress toward the completion of the EFolio by completing a mid-semester and final review form with their advisor.

The 2013-14 myeFolio Guidebook indicates educational and technical requirements for eFolio completion.

January 2014 Graduation

  • CE Mid Semester Review

    Monday, October 28

  • CE Completion Form, and Advisor Evaluation (advisor will complete)

    Monday, December 9

May 2014 Graduation

  • CE Mid Semester Review

    Monday, March 17

  • CE Completion Form, and Advisor Evaluation (advisor will complete)

    Monday, April 28

September 2014 Graduation

  • CE Mid Semester Review

    Monday, July 14

  • CE Completion Form, and Advisor Evaluation (advisor will complete)

    Monday, August 18