The thesis will include independent research and integration of skills acquired by the student through coursework. The process includes formulation of research questions, methods to carry out the inquiry and presentation of results of the research. Some theses may require approval of the University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) prior to initiation of any thesis work. Students should work through their department chair/program advisor to determine if their thesis will require IRB review. Students must maintain regular contact with their thesis advisors during their thesis work. Prior approval from the Director of MPH studies is required and a thesis advisor will be assigned upon approval.