Programs Objectives

Students in the PhD program in Public Health will be trained in designing research, conducting studies, analyzing and interpreting data, and disseminating results. The following are the objectives related to each area:

Designing Research

  1. Critically review the scientific literature, synthesizing the results across studies, in order to identify promising avenues for original research or research applied to existing scholarship.
  2. Clearly identify research questions that have the potential to make significant contributions to scientific knowledge about important public health problems, theory, policy or practice, and further research.
  3. Design original research or research based on existing scholarship by developing a clear research question or questions, presenting a rationale demonstrating the public health significance of the question/s, and identifying a detailed and appropriate methodology, including research design for answering the question/s.
  4. Design all research within the ethical principles of research, of the conduct of research involving human subjects and with cultural sensitivity.

Conducting Research

  1. Conduct independent research.
  2. Manage the overall research effort, including collecting data; assuring quality control, documentation and security; preparing data for analysis; and guaranteeing credible analytic outcomes.

Analyzing Data and Disseminating Results

  1. Analyze data using approaches appropriate to the research design including using state of the art qualitative and quantitative methods.
  2. Use analytic methods to extract information from data through the syntheses of existing scholarship and relevant theory, and draw meaningful implications and conclusions for public health theory, policy, practice and further research.
  3. Present the findings of the research clearly and succinctly in both oral and written formats, including presentations at scientific meetings and at working meetings; teaching courses at the graduate level; submission of articles to peer reviewed journals and abstracts to professional conferences and meetings; and writing books or chapters.

PhD Competences

  1. Determines community-specific trends from quantitative and qualitative data (e.g., risks and benefits to the community, health and resource needs).
  2. Critiques decision analyses that result in policy development and program planning
  3. Critiques mechanisms to evaluate programs for their effectiveness and quality
  4. Interprets demographic, statistical, programmatic, and scientific information for use by professional and lay audiences
  5. Communicates the role of public health within the overall health system ( e.g., federal, state, local, county, government)
  6. Ensures the consideration of the role of cultural, social, and behavioral factors in the accessibility, availability, acceptability and delivery of public health services
  7. Encourages community-based participatory research efforts within the public health organization
  8. Evaluates the effectiveness of community engagement strategies on public health policies, programs, and resources
  9. Integrates a review of the scientific evidence related to a public health issue, concern, or, intervention into
  10. the practice of public health
  11. Incorporates ethical standards of practice as the basis of all interactions with organizations, communities, and individuals
  12. Integrates systems-thinking into public health practice

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