School of Public Health


As a MPH student on the MCH track your thesis will focus on a public health problem related to women, children, adolescents or families in the United States. See examples of MCH student thesis papers searchable by topic.

Requirements & Guidelines Go to your home department website for thesis instructions.
Epidemiology Thesis Guide | Health Services Thesis Guide

Funding You may be eligible to apply for our MCH thesis stipend which covers research-related expenses.

Thesis Opportunities

  • Pediatric Neuromuscular Conditions (muscular dystrophies, cerebral palsy, and spina bifida)
    Seattle Children's researchers are conducting several neuromuscular studies and are open to collaboration with students who have an interest in this data.
    Contact: Marissa Robertson, MPH (MCH alum) | Clinical Research Associate| Developmental and Rehabilitation Medicine
    Office (206) 987-5457 or Cell (415) 425-2737
  • Obstetrical Care Outcomes Assessment
    Program staff at the Foundation for Healthcare Quality Obstetrical Care Outcomes Assessment Program has chart-abstracted birth data from hospitals throughout the Pacific Northwest available for MCH students. Data includes information on maternal demographics, pregnancy characteristics and complications, self-reported substance use in pregnancy, care in labor, delivery type, maternal and newborn outcomes, practitioner type (obstetrician, hospitalist, family practice physician, and MFM specialist) and practitioner role (prenatal, admission, labor management, delivery). Contact: Vivienne Souter, MBChB MD, Director of Research at


This is a general guideline for your thesis project, you can find more detailed timelines on your home department websites: Epidemiology Thesis Timeline (see page 8) | Health Services Thesis Timeline


First Year

Second Year


Start thinking about potential thesis topics, talk to researchers, faculty, review MPH Thesis Guidelines

By end-of-quarter you should have formed your thesis committee, completed your IRB submission and approval process (if needed), submitted your proposal, and if possible started data collection and/or data analysis, as applicable.

Health Services thesis plan due 12/14/18. You can download the form from the Health Services Student Resources page on Canvas, complete it, , get it signed by committee members, and email it to


Identify your thesis topic and begin to develop it with faculty advisor and other researchers.

By end-of-quarter you should have completed most of your data collection/analysis and you should be meeting regularly with your Chair and you should begin writing results and interpretation sections


Draft hypothesis, start writing your proposal according to thesis guidelines, find data sets for secondary analysis or consult with faculty about funding/settings for primary data collection.

Epidemiology students can review the MPH handbook and checklists for thesis proposal submission tips and process.

You should submit a full first draft of your thesis to your committee by mid-quarter and submit a final draft by the last day of the quarter


Begin IRB submission and approval process (if needed), work on proposal