Health Behavior Capstone
Community-engaged scholarship: It’s what we do. It’s who we are.
Capstone is a year-long service-learning course that gives our students an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills gained in the first year of the program by working in teams partnered with community-based organizations to address real-world public health problems. Capstone benefits both the community partners and the HB students. This critical learning experience:
- improves or develops public health programs, services, and resources
- builds students’ and organizations’ capacity to address public health problems
- strengthens partnerships between the university and community groups
- positions students to be competitive in the job market
We focus equally on the service and the learning aspects of the experience. Class sessions are an opportunity for students to prepare for, reflect on, share, and receive feedback about their Capstone experiences. Open the Capstone Syllabus
2015-2016 Capstone projects
These Capstone Projects address ten different health topics and employ a range of approaches to improve the health of North Carolinians.
Goal: To identify smoking policy best practices and to assess stakeholder knowledge of and compliance with the implementation of the Durham County BOH Smoking Rule to inform recommendations for strengthening the policy
Faculty adviser: Dr. Jo Birckmayer
Violent death reporting
Partner: Injury and Prevention Branch
Goal: To evaluate the statewide NC-Violent Death Reporting System (NC-VDRS) by creating reports based on key informant interviews and stakeholder surveys. This goal will be facilitated through identifying and recommending opportunities for data dissemination and access, leading to diverse and more frequent utilization and programmatic applications in settings across and outside North Carolina.
Domestic violence and rapid re-housing
Goal: To develop resources that allow the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCCADV) to implement a rapid re-housing demonstration site in NC and assist other communities as they implement rapid re-housing, with the ultimate intended outcome of reducing homelessness in our state.
Faculty Adviser: Dr. Shelley Golden
Partner: Orange County Department on Aging
Goal: To increase aging preparedness behaviors in Orange County adults aged 50-70. We will do this by providing recommendations to OCDOA to improve aging preparedness activities and services and connect to existing local activities and services, and we will develop a marketing plan to promote these activities and services to the target population.
Faculty adviser: Dr. Susan Ennett
Partner: Porch, Inc.
Goal: To provide PORCH with resources for referral and enrollment, expansion, and future programming to promote growth and sustainability, and support PORCH’s mission to alleviate hunger through neighborhood food drives.
Faculty adviser: Dr. Carol Golin
Theater-based sex education
Goal: 1) To assess the social/educational context as well as barriers and facilitators to implementing a virtual version of AMP!, a theater-based sexual health education and HIV prevention program, in NC school districts, 2) Provide recommendations, based on qualitative research findings, to inform future implementation strategies for the AMP! intervention.
Faculty adviser: Dr. Clare Barrington
Goal: To conduct a process evaluation of UNC FMC’s pilot Healthy Weight Program to inform program implementation and expansion; and to monitor data collection in preparation for the program’s outcome evaluation.
Faculty adviser: Dr. Deborah Tate
Mobile app for breastfeeding
Partner: IntraHealth International, Inc.
Goal: To produce an English language, tailored module of the mSakhi mobile application that focuses on increasing knowledge and strengthening peer support networks to increase breastfeeding among low-income African American women in North Carolina.
Faculty adviser: Dr. Kate Muessig
Goal: To consolidate existing cancer caregiver resources that both provide support for better care practices for patient care and caregiver self-care in a hardcopy toolkit and website. To consolidate existing cancer caregiver resources that both provide support for better care practices for patient care and caregiver self-care in a hardcopy toolkit and website.
Faculty adviser: Dr. Geni Eng
Goal: To bring increased rigor, best practices, and creativity to the design and evaluation of Self-Help’s 2016 workplace wellness program, resulting in improved employee participation, improved employee health outcomes, and organizational healthcare cost savings.
Faculty adviser: Dr. Jo Anne Earp
See the Community Partners page to find out about hosting a practicum student or a Capstone team.