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Developing Innovative Solutions

Our researchers use interdisciplinary inquiry to answer complex problems in community and rural health, health policy and delivery, ergonomics, global and border health, informatics, environmental health, population health and aging, program evaluation, environmental toxins, research methodology and disaster preparedness and response.

Environmental & Occupational Health

  • Environmental Hazards
  • Healthy Aging
  • Worker’s Safety
  • Ergonomics
  • Ferrate
  • Environmental, Toxicity, Hazard Mitigation
  • Asthma & Air Quality

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Epidemiology & Biostatistics

  • Study Design Analysis & Literature Review
  • Statistical Methods and Modeling
  • Maternal & Child Health
  • Adolescent Mental Health
  • Air Pollution & Alzheimer’s
  • Infectious Diseases Epidemiology
  • Cancer Epidemiology

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Health Policy & Management

  • Hospital & Healthcare System Quality
  • Innovations to Improve Access
  • Health Law & Policy
  • Rural and Other Underserved Populations
  • Health Disparities in Urban vs. Rural settings
  • Health Economics
  • Research Methods, Data Science, Modeling

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Health Promotion & Community Health Sciences

  • Community Health & Engagement
  • Physical Activity Interventions
  • Behavioral Surveys & Assessments
  • Childhood Injuries
  • Chronic Disease
  • Health Disparities
  • Nutrition

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Research by the Numbers

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$ 12M+
new research awards in 2020
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annual faculty research publications
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U.S. patents held by Public Health faculty
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$ 100M+
in research awards since the school's inception

Celebrating Excellence in Faculty Research

Dr. Alva Ferdinand

Dr. Alva O. Ferdinand is a health policy expert who exemplifies thoughtful, collaborative, and important contributions to several areas of public health research. Her research primarily focuses on disparities in health outcomes, state and federal regulation of health care delivery and the effectiveness of laws aimed at improving public health. She is most widely known for her work on the impact of texting while driving bans on reducing roadway injuries and deaths.

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Dr. Xu

Dr. Xiaohui Xu exemplifies a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach to environmental epidemiology research. He recently received a $2.4 million multi-institutional grant from NIA/NIEHS to study effects of air pollution on brain health – with a focus on the potential impacts of long-term air pollution exposure on later life Alzheimer’s and dementia.


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Dr. NAtalie Johnson

Dr. Natalie Johnson's innovative work characterizing air pollution exposure during pregnancy has been recognized with an Outstanding New Environmental Scientist Award from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. This $2 million+ multiyear grant will fund research to to combat infant respiratory diseases.


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Valuable experience and vital contributions

Public health students have opportunities to participate in a wide variety of research-focused activities. The Students to Faculty Initiative (S2F) is a tool that connects students to current projects our faculty are conducting.

Every year during our annual Public Health Week, students also have the opportunity to showcase their research involvement by competing in the Dr. Jean Brender Poster Symposium.

Student presenting a research poster

Latest Public Health Research and Innovations

Every day our faculty are forging paths to improve the health of populations. From groundbreaking work in our labs, to developing behavioral interventions, we are committed improving the health of the world in which we live.

Contact the Office of Research

Tiffany Radcliff, PhD
Associate Dean for Research

Joy Hall

Darin Garrett
Program Coordinator