The mission of the Research workroup is to train and empower the next generation of public health leaders in applying research skills learned in the classroom to a real-world context. 

The specific goals of this workgroup are as follows: 

  1.  To build research capacity by supporting research, research training, and professional development of ambassadors enabling their contribution to public health research. 
  2. To plan, coordinate, and/or assist SPH faculty, staff, preceptors or program coordinators in the initiation of a research study protocol
  3. To plan, implement, maintain and/or assist with the data collection and analysis in support of a research protocol or project; may coordinate (with assistance or approval from faculty/staff/preceptor/program coordinator) the collection and analysis of research data
  4. To recruit, instruct, and/or coodrinate research surbjects and/or volunteers as appropriate to specific objectives, scope of work and with approval from project lead (SPH faculty, staff, preceptor or program coordinator)
  5. To prepare periodic, ad-hoc, or manuscripts as required by SPH faculty, staff, preceptors or program coordinators
  6. To perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned including supports from other programs or projects led by SPH faculty, staff, preceptors or program coordinators. 

Participation is based on: 

  1. Attending monthly work group meetings (One per month)
  2. Completing the following activities/tasks (Select one to complete)
    1. Identification of Health & Wellness resources via an excel spreadsheet to be uploaded to My Health Finder
    2. Conduction of secondary data analysis using public health data available or provided by SPH faculty, staff, preceptors or program coordinators (i.e. BRFSS, CDC Wonder Data Set and etc.) 
    3. Conduction of a systematic review and/or meta-analysis 
    4. Conduction of a community-based research project different from above named options (other research project). 

Products to be submitted/produced*

Must Submit:

  1. A two to three minute Testimonial Video about your experiences as a Research Ambassador (to be posted on the website). This is only done by ambassadors who have not completed the self-testimonial video. For those who have served as an ambassador in a previous year and completed a video, then, he or she does not have to complete another video unless the ambassador has switched their primary workgroup or is a new ambassador for the current year. (i.e. An ambassador who was in the Health Promotion & Communication workgroup during the 2019-2020 school year but switched to Research workgroup during the 2020-2021 school year). 

And one of these:

  1. Three to four page journal entry detailing summation of activities performed in a research or community project
  2. Two Excel Spreadsheet(s) of collected and identified Health & Wellness resources to be uploaded to MyHealth Finder
  3. Poster Presentation or Abstract
  4. Systematic Review Protocol
  5. Secondary Data Analysis Plan
  6. Draft of a policy brief, program or publishable manuscript 
  7. Powerpoint presentation of Research Project

*All items MUST be submitted by April 30 of the spring semester.