A comprehensive program, it develops competencies in five key public health areas – behavioral and social sciences, biostatistics, environmental health sciences, epidemiology and health policy, advocacy and management.

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Submissions from 2018

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Understanding Differences in Medical Versus Surgical Patients Alerted by the Modified Early Warning Score (MEWS) at Jefferson Hospital, Nisha M. Patel, MD, MPHc; Rebecca C. Jaffe, MD; and Brandon George, PhD, MS

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Understanding Social Needs of Families with Young Overweight Children in an Urban Primary Care Setting: A Mixed-Methods Study, Jennifer Robbins, MD, MPHc; Thao-Ly Phan, MD, MPH; Tirzah Spencer, PhD; George Datto, MD; and Diane J. Abatemarco, PhD, MSW

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Running Out: Food Insecurity in the LGBT Older Adult Community, Dominique Viola, MPHc; Rosemary Frasso, PhD; and Ed Miller, MSW

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A Mixed Methods Study of Endometriosis: Patient Experience and Provider Awareness, Madalene Zale, MPHc; Amy Leader, PhD; Marianna LaNoue, PhD; and Stefani Russo, MD

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The Validation of the Patient Jefferson Teamwork Observation Guide (JTOG) Tool, Ashley Asensio, MPHc; Lauren Collins, MD; and Shoshana Sicks, MEd

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Challenges of Screening for Prostate Cancer: A Secondary Analysis Using HINTS Data, Brock Bakewell, MPHc; Rosemary Frasso, PhD, MSc, CPH; and Brandon George, PhD, MS

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Development of the Evaluation of an Interprofessional Hotspotting Curriculum, Charles Baron, BS, MPHc and Lauren Collins, MD

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Mailed Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) Kits to Increase Screening Uptake in the University of Pennsylvania’s Community Service Area, Ndidi Enwereji, MPHc

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Mindfulness and Relapse Prevention among New Mothers during Recovery for Opioid Misuse, Roxanne Erolin, MPHc; Diane J. Abatemarco, PhD, MSW; and Meghan Gannon, PhD, MSPH

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Using Green Spaces to Improve Neighborhood Social Cohesion and Overall Well-Being: A Philadelphia Urban Community’s Perspective, Jennifer Grugan, MPHc; Rickie Brawer, MPH, PhD; and Kim Douglas, RLA

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A Management Toolkit for Master of Public Health (MPH) Students, Jeffrey Hicks, MBA, MPHc and Rosemary Frasso, PhD, MSc, CPH

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“What Happened?” Exploring the Complexities of Clinical Inertia in the Treatment of People with Type 2 Diabetes, Nisha Hodge, MPHc, BA and Marianna LaNoue, PhD, MS

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Prescription Overdose Prevention through Pre-Professional Education and Discussion: A Health Education Approach to the Opioid Epidemic, Brandon Horvath, MPHc, BS and Rosemary Frasso, PhD, MSc, CPH

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The Influence of Protective Factors on Perceived Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences, Laura Kenny, MPHc and Marianna LaNoue, PhD, MS

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Healthcare Interpreter Services (HIS) In the Pennsylvania Medicaid Program: A Policy Proposal, Anne Marlay, MPHc and Martha Romney, RN, MS, JD, MPH

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Exploring Asian Indian and Pakistani Views about Cancer and Participation in Cancer Research: An Assessment of a Culturally Tailored Educational Intervention, Preethi Selvan, MPHc; Amy Leader, PhD; and Veda N. Giri, MD

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An analysis of how the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is represented in the online news media environment, Samantha Soprano, MPHc and Amy Leader, PhD

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An Examination of the Cumulative Effect Model of Adverse Childhood Experiences: Are All ACEs Created Equal?, Justin Wlodarczyk, MPHc; Marianna LaNoue, PhD; and John McAna, PhD

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Evaluating the Impact of a Community Health Worker in the Heart Smarts Corner Stores, Carlos Yang, MPHc; Rickie Brawer, MPH, PhD; and Michelle Abel, MSPH

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Access Gaps in Dental Procedure Coverage for Medicare Beneficiaries and Dental Coverage Perceptions in Philadelphia, Jamie Zefran, MPHc and Robert Diecidue, DMD, MD, MBA, MSPH

Submissions from 2017

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Disparities in Hepatocellular Carcinoma Stage at Diagnosis and Initial Treatment, Saema Adeeb

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The Effects of State Legislation on Adolescent Marijuana Use, Vincent Louis Basile

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A Mixed Methods Study to Explore the Receptivity of Public Service Announcements About Suicide Prevention at Three Baseball Games in Pennsylvania, Cordelia Elaiho

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Osteopenia and Falls: Meeting the Need for Early Patient Intervention, Nathaniel Ford

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A Proposed Education Program to Enhance Teens' Understanding of Preconception Health in Philadelphia, Autumn O. Green

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A Secondary Data Analysis of 2014 BRFSS Survey: Accidental Falls, Marital Status and Demographics, James Heinle

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Trends in Campus-Wide Suicide Prevention Policies: A Survey of the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act Campus Grantees, Gregory Kirchner

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Secondary Data Analysis of BRFFS Data on Smoking Status in Philadelphia, Nishith Mehta

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Barriers and Facilitators to Participation in Clinical Trials Among Elderly African Americans, Valentina Sarkisian

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Association Between Health and Social Capital in Kensington, Philadelphia, Terezia Urban

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Telemedicine in Undergraduate Medical Education, Shayan Waseh

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Indego Helmet Assessment, Vatsal M. Gandhi

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Evaluation of the "Hit Count" as a Concussion Prevention Strategy in a Youth (4-14 years old) Football League: A Grant Proposal, Kelly Huhn

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Developing and designing a sustainable evaluative program protocol that aims to deliver affordable quality eye-care to underserved children within the Philadelphia School District, Esha Pawar

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Healthcare utilization patterns among refugees resettled in the United States: A Systematic Review, Nour Cheikhali

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Climate Change and Resulting Floods: Using Social Capital to Strengthen Community Resilience in Eastwick, A Known Floodplan, Natasha Bagwe, MD, MPH

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Transition to and from the Nursing Home: A Qualitative Study of People Severely Disabled by Multiple Sclerosis and Measurement of Self-Efficacy, Justine Brink, DO

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A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis on the Effects of Culturally Tailored Group Diabetic Self-Management Education Programs Versus Usual Care on Hemoglobin A1c(HbA1c) and Health-related Quality of Life (HrQol) for African-American Adults with Type 2 Diabetes, Denine Crittendon

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Retrospective Cohort Study of Refugee HealthCare Utilization in Philadelphia, 2007-2016, Kaushal Desai

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How Does an Understanding of the Lower Extremity Amputation Patient Population That a Large Urban Podiatric Practice Serves Improve the Care of that Population?, Kimberly Ochman

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A Mixed-Methods Approach to Developing a Short-Form Opioid Abuse Screening Tool, Junaid Yasin

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Human Rights of Refugees, Immigrants and the Internally Displaced, Michael Francis

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Policy and Public Health Implications for Exchange of Super Protected Data in Pennsylvania, Melanie Bork Graham, JD, CIPP/US

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Assessing STD Knowledge and Attitudes of Campus Hookup Culture at Philadelphia University, Liz Lewallen

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Weight Gain in Obese Pregnant Women and Risk for Cesarean Delivery by Class of Obesity, Rebekah Jo McCurdy

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Outcomes of Teen Pregnancies Delivered at University of Texas Medical Branch in 2013, Tamar Achjian

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The Impact of Case Management Interventions on Hospital Readmission Rates and Emergency Department Visits, Lebogang Edge

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Veterans Status and Its Impact on Mental Health, Access, Use, Alcohol Use and Suicide, Bryan Kozusko

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Screening for Adolescent Alcohol and Other Drug Use by Jefferson Providers: Methods, Barriers and Facilitators, Emily Lambert

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Self-Reported Prostate Cancer Screening Among Men Aged 45+ in Southeastern Pennsylvania: Trends from 2008-2015 and Correlates from 2015, Tashika M. Robinson

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Shedding Light on Communication Disorders in Syrian Refugee Children, Alia Salam

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Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH) Initiative on Nutrition in Wilmington, DE: An Assessment of Fruit and Vegetable Consumption, Connie Choi

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Emergency Department Patients' Knowledge of Hepatitis C and Hepatitis C Screening and Provider Barriers to Providing Hepatitis C Screening to Patients, Joshua Clark

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Addressing Obesity in the Early Head Start Community Through Environmental and Educational Means (Pilot Program), Sarah Roscher

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Borders and Blood Pressure: Identifying the Association of Acculturation with Hypertension Diagnoses Among Hispanic-American Immigrants, Lia Scalzo

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Perceptions of Living with Chronic Illness as Type 2 Diabetic Transgender Adults, Sydney G. Shuster

Submissions from 2016

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Increasing Awareness about Human Trafficking: Education for Frontline Healthcare Providers, Charlotte Cosgrove

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A Qualitative Investigation of the Relationship of Social Capital and Health Amongst Older Adults in the Kensington Neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Brittany L. Haltzman, MS, CCRC

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Population Health Assessment and Risk Analysis: Buzzards Point, Washington DC, Daniel McClean

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Good Eating/Good Reading: A Pilot Program by The Penn Literacy Network to Evaluate the Health Literacy of Homeless Mothers Living in Shelters, Huma Qamar

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Revisiting Rwanda: Evaluation of a Pig Breeding Program in Muyogoro Village, Huye District, Southern Province, Rwanda, Audrey R. Tiberio

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The Impact of Health Literacy and Diabetes Knowledge Level on Health Outcomes Among Admitted Diabetic Pilgrims-HAJJ 2016, Alaa T. AlHazmi, MD

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Development of an Interprofessional Education (IPE) Program on Disaster Preparedness, Edward H. Jasper, MD

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Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Health Promotion Intervention in an Urban Population Regarding Stair Utilization, Alexis Silverio

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Geriatric Readiness Assessment of Pennsylvania Emergency Departments, Alyssa Sipes

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A Needs and Assets Assessment of Physical Activity and Nutrition in the Norris Square Community Alliance’s (NSCA) Head Start Programs, Komal Patel

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Increasing Awareness of Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias in the African American Community in the Delaware Valley Region, Jameice DeCoster

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Integrating Resources for Managing Childhood Obesity in the Primary Care Setting: A Needs Assessment, Samareh Hill, MD

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Ecological and GIS Analysis of Climate Indicator with Leading Causes of Death, Randy Aviado

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Knowledge and Attitudes of the Emergency Medical Services System in Portsmouth, Dominica: A Study of Adults not Affiliated with the Health Care System, Laurena N. Fotsing

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Barrier to Utilization of Mindfulness Classes in Underserved Populations, M. Miyori Panis

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Association Between Oral Health Literacy and the Oral Health Status Among Diabetic Patients, Deepika Ramachandran

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What Barriers to Treatment and Recovery Do LGBT Individuals with Alcohol Use Disorder Face in Inpatient Treatment?, April Smith

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Journey Through the Preparatory Phases to Baby-Friendly Designation in an Urban Community Hospital, Brittany Wright, CHES, CLC

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Predictors of Human Papilloma Virus Vaccination Series Completion in Philadelphia Adolescents, Karie Youngdahl

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Attitudes Towards Interprofessional Collaboration: How Team Dynamic Affects Patient Care in Outpatient Palliative Care-A Provider ViewPoint, Nicole Fernandez

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Barriers and Facilitators to Cervical Cancer Screening Among Iraqi Refugees Resettled in Philadelphia: A Qualitative Analysis of Patient and Provider Perceptions, Philip Manasseh

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Evaluating The Decision Making Process of Pediatricians' Recommendations for First Complementary Foods in Infants, Gretchen Schmoyer

Submissions from 2015

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Reunited the Inseparable: A Case Study of the Practices Employed by Patient Centered Medical Homes to Address the Mental Health of Adult Patients, Jillian E. Brown

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Preventing Serious Injury of Commercial Bicyclists in Philadelphia: A Policy Analysis for a Helmet Provision Program for Commercial Bicyclists in Philadelphia, Evan E. Husted

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An Evaluation of a Sexual Health Education Program for Adolescents in a Residential Treatment Program in the Philadelphia Area, Rachel Powell

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Proposal to Implement Smoking Cessation Program at Thomas Jefferson Narcotic Addict Rehabilitation Program, Kevin M. Hoover

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Factors Related to Sustaining Health Enhancing Physical Activity in Urban African American Women, Tara Ketterer

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Online Behavioral Health Screening: Feasibility and Implications, Kate Fox

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Development and Evaluation of a Low Literacy Workplace Violence Prevention Program for Frontline Healthcare Workers, Jennifer Reibsane

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Navigating the Spousal/Partner Breast Cancer Continuum of Care, Alexandra Ulkus

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Knowledge, Attitudes and Beliefs Among Diabetes Alert Dog Consumers, Jonathan W. Ball

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An Analysis of Individual Level and Neighborhood Level Factors on Childhood Obesity, Laurel M. Jones

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A Study of Veterinary Health Care Providers’ Perspectives for Proposed Statewide Expansion of the Project Mission Rabies in the State of Rajasthan, India, Angira Mathur

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Identifying and Addressing Predictors for Nonmedical Exemptions from Mandated Vaccines in New Jersey Elementary Schools, Melissa L. Valentine

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Whole Person Orientation in Primary Care: Understanding Priorities and Assessing Performance, Shannon Doyle

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Pharmacy-Based Vaccinations for Adolescents: A Review of Barriers, Laws and Policies in Pennsylvania, Punit M. Hinsu, PharmD, MBA

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Low-Income African American Women's Perceptions of Primary Care Physician Weight Loss Counseling: A Positive Deviance Study, Elaine Seaton Banerjee, MD

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Identifying Factors Associated with Weight Loss in African-American Women, Neil Shah

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The Association of Secondhand Smoke Exposure in Cars and Homes and Depressive Symptoms Among California Youth, Amber Bowie MPH student

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Healthcare Personnel (HCP) Influenza Vaccination Organizational Program Policy Review, Aimee H. Dashkiwsky

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#Lookwho'stalking: A Visual Analysis of Tweets about HPV Vaccination, Elizabeth deArmas

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Informed Decision Making in Lung Cancer Screening: Patient Views on Accomplishing Decision Counseling in a Primary Care Setting, Kristen Isaac

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Analyzing Informed Consent in Diabetic Patients Undergoing Cataract Surgery at Teaching Centers, Jonathan Rajkumar

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Ser Mamá Inmigrante: Mexican Mothers Perceptions of Parenting in a New Culture, Caitlin Billingham