International Journal of Public Health

, Volume 60, Issue 4, pp 495–504 | Cite as

Factors influencing publication of scientific articles derived from masters theses in public health

  • Malen Hollmann
  • Carme BorrellEmail author
  • Olatz Garin
  • Esteve Fernández
  • Jordi Alonso
Original Article



To evaluate theses of a Masters program in Public Health (MPH), in terms of the students’ and theses’ characteristics that influence publication of the thesis as a scientific article.


Longitudinal study of students who successfully completed the MPH at Universitat Pompeu Fabra and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain) from 2006 to 2010. Participants completed an electronic survey and additional data were gathered from university files.


162 students participated in the study (83 % response rate). 60.5 % had already published an article derived from their thesis at the time of the study or were in process of publishing it. The likelihood of publishing in a peer-reviewed journal was greater among women (aRR = 1.41), among those who had a bachelor’s degree in sciences other than health (aRR = 1.40), had completed the MPH on time (aRR = 2.10), had enrolled in a doctoral program after the MPH (aRR = 1.44) or had a masters thesis score of ≥7 (aRR = 1.61).


The majority of MPH students published their thesis in a peer-reviewed journal. The strongest predictors of successful publication were related to academic performance.


Public health Education Publication Postgraduate students Masters theses 



The authors would especially like to thank the MPH students who participated in the study, as well as the MPH technical secretaries (Mireia Llimós and Regina Arquimbau) who greatly facilitated and assisted with the field work and also we would like to thank Marta Olabarria and Marco Cornejo for their help in the analysis. Esteve Fernández is partly supported by the Instituto de Salud Carlos III, Government of Spain (RTICC RD12/0036/0053).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Malen Hollmann
    • 1
    • 2
  • Carme Borrell
    • 1
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
    Email author
  • Olatz Garin
    • 1
    • 2
    • 4
  • Esteve Fernández
    • 6
    • 7
  • Jordi Alonso
    • 1
    • 2
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Experimental and Health SciencesUniversitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)BarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Health Services Research GroupIMIM (Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute)BarcelonaSpain
  3. 3.Agència de Salut Pública de Barcelona (ASPB)BarcelonaSpain
  4. 4.CIBER Epidemiología y Salud Pública (CIBERESP)MadridSpain
  5. 5.Institute of Biomedical Research Sant PauBarcelonaSpain
  6. 6.Tobacco Control Unit, Institut Català d’Oncologia / Institut d’Investigació Biomèdica de Bellvitge (ICO-IDIBELL)L’Hospitalet de LlobregatSpain
  7. 7.Department of Clinical Sciences, School of Medicine, Campus of BellvitgeUniversitat de BarcelonaL’HospitaletSpain

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