This page describes the final project process, milestones, and objectives, and includes several sample final presentations and final papers.
- Initial Proposal: due Lecture 6
- Interim Pitch & Outline: due Lectures 13 and 14
- Final Presentation: due Lecture 22
- Final Paper: due Lecture 23
- Meet in person
- Meet virtually (Skype, Google chat/voice)
- Meet weekly at the least!
- Meet weekly with your advisor(s)
- Prepare for your meetings
- Stay organized
- Calendar apps
- Google Docs
The initial project proposal is due at the beginning of Lecture 6, and is not to exceed 2 double spaced pages in 12-point font.
- Communicate a clear problem statement
- Identify information resources
- Identify knowledge gap
- Think about "the how" of project execution
- Topic: problem summary 250 words
- Background: identify the sources of information for your project.
- Literature, articles
- Data repositories
- Related work by other organizations, nonprofits, NGOs, companies, etc.
- Potential people to talk to (5–8)
- Educational goals: topics & skills
- Known unknowns: your questions
- Timeline: propose an internal timeline
- Artifacts: blog posts, Wikipedia entries, prototypes
Interim Pitch and Outline
The interim pitch is given in class during Lectures 9 and 10.
- Goal: pitch your project to the class in a 5 minute presentation.
- No more than 5 slides
- Submit an outline of your project
Final Project Presentations
At the last class meeting, student groups present their final project findings.
- 30 minute presentation
- 15–20 page report
- Project artifacts
Sample Final Presentations
These sample final presentations, from the Spring 2012 class, are posted courtesy of the students and used with permission.
"The Malawai Dataset" (PDF) by Dhaval Adojah.
"Health Information Systems for Maternal Health in Zimbabwe" (PDF) by Eden G-Sellassie and Tewuh Fomunyam.
Final Project Paper
Length and Authorship
The final paper is not to exceed 16 double spaced pages in 12-point font. In keeping with any academic work, references and data sources should be cited rigorously. Such data sources may include both academic and management literature and personal interviews.
The final paper is due the day after the last class session.
Papers will be graded on the power of the analysis. Grading criteria include:
- Clarity of problem statement
- Quality of problem analysis
- Quality of logic regarding potential solutions and their rationale
- Quality of evidence to support various solutions
- Appropriateness of conclusion
- Clarity of writing
Sample Final Papers
These sample final papers, from the Spring 2011 class, are posted courtesy of the students and used with permission.
"Designing a Public Health Software Framework: Porting OpenMRS data to i2b2" (PDF - 1.0MB) by Tewuh Fomunyam, Jamie Symonds, and Stephen Lorenz.
"Impact of US Federal Funding on Global e-Health Initiatives in Developing Countries" (PDF) by Patrick Pascal Saint-Firmin, Olateju Sarafadeen, Ikenna Momah, Arjuna Premachandra, and anonymous student.
"Vaccine Supply Chain in Ethiopia" (PDF) by Hajara Nanteza Walusimbi and three anonymous students.