Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Administration
Katherine Bourne is a consultant in international public health, and in addition to teaching Capstone at Wagner, teaches at the Bard Program on Globalization and International Affairs. Ms. Bourne was Vice President for International Policy and Regional Programs at the International Women's Health Coalition, and prior to that Vice President for Country and Regional Programs at the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative. Ms. Bourne has also worked with Pathfinder International, first as Country Representative for Vietnam and then as Director of Public Affairs in Watertown, MA. She lived in Beijing, China, from 1990 - 1993, where she was a consultant to the United Nations Population Fund.
Ms. Bourne has a Master's of Public Health degree in International and Family Health from the University of Texas in Houston and holds a BA in English Literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Capstone: Advanced Project in International Management and Policy
Couples with CAP-GP.3227.
As part of the core curriculum of the NYU Wagner Masters program, Capstone teams spend an academic year addressing challenges and identifying opportunities for a client organization or conducting research on a pressing social question. Capstone, in architecture, is the crowning piece of an arch, the center stone that holds the arch together, giving it shape and strength. Wagner's Capstone program plays a similar role, by providing students with a centerpiece of their graduate experience whereby they are able to experience first-hand turning the theory of their studies into practice under the guidance of an experienced faculty member. Projects require students to get up-to-speed quickly on a specific content or issue area; enhance key process skills including project management and teamwork; and develop competency in gathering, analyzing, and reporting out on data. Capstone requires students to interweave their learning in all these areas, and to do so in real time, in an unpredictable, complex, real-world environment.