Capstone Project

To complete the MHDS program, students spend 8 months applying classroom theory to the subject of their choosing and produce a presentation about the experience.

Educational Objectives

  • Demonstrate proficiency in applying health delivery system (HDS) academic theory into pragmatic, applied problem-solving
  • Appreciate how HDS requires team science, shared decision-making among diverse stakeholders and strong interpersonal communication skills
  • Utilize scientific method to solve HDS problems including hypothesis generation, literature search and approaches to quantization, and presentation of results to leadership
  • Become proficient in oral and written communication of HDS analyses and results, learning how to tell a story with data in a way that engages stakeholders and ultimately leads to improved healthcare delivery

Additional field-based credits from the capstone program accrue over the final 8 months of the 20-month MHDS program. The capstone project may be conducted on campus at Cedars-Sinai or in other approved healthcare organizations.

Students work on their capstone project on a schedule agreed upon with their primary mentor. Journal clubs, mentorship meetings and other program events may occur during typical work hours and are available via web conferencing for off-site students.

The MHDS faculty believes it is vital to expose students to a wide range of learning experiences; success in health delivery science requires not only a strong theoretical basis but also pragmatic experiential learning to solidify classroom theory. Students learn specific software programs, including statistical, data visualization, decision analysis and spreadsheet software that is taught in laboratory sessions.

Applied Health Delivery Science: Series Overview


The HDS 204 series includes four lockstep courses that build upon one another and culminate in completion of the capstone, delivery of a final written report and oral presentation of the report to Cedars-Sinai leaders. The sequence is as follows:

HDS 204A

Identify their preceptor and develop a formal capstone proposal. In the process of developing the proposal, students attend a biweekly seminar in healthcare leadership, where they develop a framework to assume a leadership role in the capstone project as a model for leadership in future organizations. The course culminates in a formal written and oral presentation of the proposal to the course directors and other students.


HDS 204B

Begin work on their capstone project in partnership with their preceptor and with support from program leaders. Students attend a biweekly seminar in team science, where they develop a greater appreciation for how their capstone project requires multidisciplinary input and coordinated teamwork. The course culminates in a formal work-in-progress presentation to the course directors and other students.


HDS 204C

Work on their capstone project in partnership with their preceptor and with support from program leaders. Students assume greater responsibility and complexity in their role overseeing and conducting the project. The work is complemented by a biweekly seminar in health-system integration, where students learn about the broader framework in which their project operates, and how individual projects integrate within the larger health delivery ecosystem. The course culminates in a formal work-in-progress presentation to the course directors and other students.


HDS 204D

Complete their capstone project and prepare their final written and oral presentations. The course culminates in a formal written and oral presentation of the proposal to a committee composed of the program leaders and selected health system leaders. The presentation is open to the entire health system in a public-facing, large-scale forum.


Have Questions or Need Help?

If you have questions or wish to learn more about the MHDS program, please contact:

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
8687 Melrose Ave.
Suite G-532
West Hollywood, CA 90069