Critical Challenge Project

Address real-time challenges with applied learning that draws upon your interests and experience.

The Critical Challenge Project (CCP) is central to the learning experience and will become the focus of an independent study. You will identify a challenge related to your field and interests, drawing from your own experience and vision for the future. Each student works collaboratively with their peers, professional colleagues, course faculty, and advisors, integrating various perspectives across healthcare sectors into the project.

The CCP allows you to address problems in real-time and apply the knowledge and skills learned throughout the program, with emphasis on integrating healthcare, business and policy factors, and collaborating across healthcare sectors. Projects should consider ethical implications and have practical applicability to the field of healthcare — taking into account multiple stakeholders and cross-sector perspectives as you develop innovative and viable solutions.

Key principles students use to define their CCPs include:

  • Relevant: Meaningful to the student in terms of background, interests, current job, future aspirations, and/or organization
  • Consequential: Project is broad enough scope to have an impact on stakeholders across the healthcare industry, including patients, providers, and payers
  • Realistic: Feasible and viable set of steps and expectations within the 12-month program (the overarching challenge does not need to be resolved within the program, but measurable progress toward the defined CCP must be reasonable and appropriate)
  • Measurable: Contains measurable outcomes of success

Recent Capstone Projects

Sample Project Titles

  • The Use of Telemedicine to Increase Access to Healthcare for the Residents of the Bahamas Out-Islands
  • Utilizing Critical Access Hospital Infrastructure to Provide Opioid Use Disorder Services to Rural Communities
  • A Proposed Alternative Care Model to Reduce Unnecessary Emergency Department Utilization in an Elderly Medicare Advantage Population
  • Homelessness and Stabilization Unit Stays: Analyzing Current Discharge Planning Processes

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