Integrating a curriculum: the role and function of a capstone course

J Health Adm Educ. Spring 1992;10(2):211-27.


The rationale for establishing a strategy to integrate learning within a health administration curriculum is presented. Strengths and weaknesses associated with six models are presented which examine the student, market, internship/practicum, case course, and thesis/major paper as integrators as well as the self-integrating curriculum. The capstone course is presented as a hybrid of multiple models with a unique educational philosophy. The concept of the capstone course is examined with specific reference to design parameters associated with the capstone course used in the health management and policy curriculum at the University of New Hampshire. Suggestions and issues for faculty to consider as they develop a capstone course are also included.

MeSH terms

  • Curriculum*
  • Hospital Administration / education*
  • Hospital Administration / standards
  • Models, Educational*
  • New Hampshire
  • Organizational Objectives
  • Program Evaluation / methods
  • United States
  • Universities / organization & administration