MPH Student Research Projects

A Master of Public Health (MPH) degree is offered at the University of Massachusetts Medical School - through the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health.  The degree is granted through and accredited by the School of Public Health and Health Sciences at UMass in Amherst.  The MPH Program curriculum is now blended with the Public Health Practice online program.  Students are allowed the option of taking classes live in Worcester or online.  Both programs have the same 42 credit requirement which includes a 3 credit practicum and a 3-6 credit culminating project.  The MPH Program curriculum is designed to enable health care professionals to earn a degree while engaged in professional activities. Listed below are several of the MPH research projects completed by students over the past two years. Many of these students were mentored by departmental faculty.

Heather Alker, MD, MPH
Impact of Faculty and Staff Health on Work Productivity in Secondary Schools in Massachusetts

Laurent Benedetti, MD, MPH
The Value of Quality Improvement

Tiffany Colacchio, MPH
Drugs: From Phases to Pharmacies 

Michael Costa, MPH
Released HIV-positive Prisoners’ Retention and Clinical Outcomes in Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Services

Adam Darnobid, MD, MPH
Airway Intervention and Management for Prehospital Care

Shirin Hadaddy, MD, MPH
Natural History of Benign Thyroid Nodules; Designing a Safe and Efficient Follow-up Plan

Stephen Haynes, MPH
Does Paramedic Rapid Sequence Intubation Practice Change with Experience?

Sarah Hilding, MD, MPH
Convenience Store Robberies, Risk Factors and Opportunities for Intervention to Improve Occupational Health and Safety

Padma Kandadai, MD, MPH
Urinary Retention After Hysterectomy for Benign Disease: A Case Control Study

Chunying Li, MD, MPH
Comparison of Body Mass Index and Bioelectrical Impedance in the Association with Blood Pressure in Teen Girls: Results from the NGHS study

Rose Mauro, MPH
Development of an Interval-based Medication Use Methodology to Assist in the Development of Four Clinical Proposals for the MassHealth Drug Utilization Program

Theodore McDade, MD, MPH
Regionalization of Pancreatic Cancer Surgery to Higher Volume Centers: Disparities in Who Benefits

Daniel Mullin, PsyD, MPH
Evaluation of an Intensive Motivational Interviewing Course for Healthcare Providers

Alyson Porter, MD, MPH
Prenatal Counseling Disparities in Massachusetts (2007-2009)

Vinita Sharma Factors Associated With Adherence to Diabetes Monitoring Through An Analysis of Clinical Registry Data in Adult UMass/Memorial Patients

Bryan Wexler, MD, MPH
Disaster Response and People Experiencing Homelessness: Addressing Challenges of a Population with Limited Resources

Rothsovann Yong, MD, MPH
Facial Recognition Study

Research Project in Progress

Kathryn Brodowski, MD
Nutrition Interactive Video Project Educating Medical Students in their Family Medicine Clerkship

Jennifer Bradford, MD
Addressing Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome in Massachusetts

Amir Shaikh, MD
Left Ventricular Deformation Parameters in Mitoxantrone-induced Cardiotoxicity – A Velocity Vector Imaging Analysis


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