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:
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- Design all research within the ethical principles of research,
of the conduct of research involving human subjects and with cultural sensitivity.
- 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
- Analyze data using approaches appropriate to the research design including using state
of the art qualitative and quantitative methods.
- 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.
- 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.
- Determines community-specific
trends from quantitative and qualitative data (e.g., risks and benefits to the community, health and resource needs).
decision analyses that result in policy development and program planning
- Critiques mechanisms to evaluate programs
for their effectiveness and quality
- Interprets demographic, statistical, programmatic, and scientific information
for use by professional and lay audiences
- Communicates the role of public health within the overall health system
( e.g., federal, state, local, county, government)
- Ensures the consideration of the role of cultural, social, and
behavioral factors in the accessibility, availability, acceptability and delivery of public health services
community-based participatory research efforts within the public health organization
- Evaluates the effectiveness
of community engagement strategies on public health policies, programs, and resources
- Integrates a review of the
scientific evidence related to a public health issue, concern, or, intervention into
- the practice of public health
- Incorporates ethical standards of practice as the basis of all interactions with organizations, communities, and
- Integrates systems-thinking into public health practice