Public Health is an interdisciplinary field of study and practice with three primary goals: address pressing and emerging threats to health and well-being; prevent illness, disease and injury; and promote and protect human health.

In achieving these goals, public health emphasizes social justice, supports human rights and respects the dignity of individuals and the integrity of communities.

The Jefferson College of Population Health (JCPH) offers a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree, which is nationally accredited through the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). Students develop competencies in several key public health areas: health behavior and social sciences, biostatistics, environmental health, epidemiology, policy and advocacy, program planning, implementation and evaluation, and others. The interdisciplinary curriculum stresses leadership skills, systems thinking, health communication, global health, and cultural humility and competency.

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Submissions from 2017

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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

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Primary Care Leaders' Attitudes and Experiences of Transforming and Sustaining the Patient-Centered Medical Home Model in Small to Medium Sized Primary Care Practices, Evan Bilheimer

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Assessment of Food Insecurity in an Academic Family Medicine Practice, Nancy Brisbon

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An Oral Health Policy Analysis: Improving Dental Care for Pennsylvania's Adult Medicaid Recipients, Renee Dixon

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Oral HPV Cancer Risk Assessment by Oral Health Care Providers, Mannat Dogra

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Factors Associated with Immunization Completion Among Infants of the Vaccines for Children Program, Amar Joshi

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Policy Review and Analysis of Chaperoning Intimate Medical Examinations Legal Mandates, Amanda Kay

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Opinions of Cardiac Emergency Care Providers on Coordinated Adoption and Implementation of a Standardized Process of Care for Heart Attack Patients in Philadelphia, PA, Vy Luong

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Addressing the Legal Needs of Refugee Health Partners’ (RHP) Patient Populations: Creating a Roadmap for Establishing a Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP), Phylicia McFaddin

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Stakeholder Perspectives on the Evolution of Hypertension Care Under the Patient Centered Medical Home, Alison O'Donnell

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An Analysis of Adolescents’ Nutrition Knowledge and Consumption of Fruits and Vegetables: Examining the Influences of Race/Ethnicity, Access to Healthy Foods and Exposure to a Nutrition Education Curriculum, Danielle Raucheisen

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Understanding the Experience of Parents of Young Children with Obesity: Parental Perception of and Self-Efficacy Managing Child Obesity-Related Behaviors, Thao-Ly Tam Phan, MD

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Assessing the Barriers to Replacement Eyeglasses for Children on Medicaid in Southeastern Pennsylvania, Lindsay Waqar

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Changes in BMI Percentiles of Refugee Children Resettled in Philadelphia, PA, Priyanka Yadav, MD

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Evaluating the U.S. EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Act: An Assessment on Di (2-ethylhexyl)phthalate in Drinking Water, Aquiera Halsey

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An Assessment of Community-based Service Needs of Elderly Iraqi and Bhutanese Refugees Living in Philadelphia, Nicole Matteucci

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Case Study Evaluation of Cardiovascular Risk and Self-Collected Indoor Particulate Matter For Marcellus Shale Residents In Pennsylvania, Martha Stefaniak

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Addressing Hispanic Adolescent Mental Health in the Texas Border Region: A Policy Analysis, Brian Zepka

Submissions from 2014

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The Impact of Psychosocial Stress on Sexual Risk Behaviors Among Gay, Bisexual and Questioning Male Adolescents, Joshua Milber

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A Policy Analysis of Legislation Regulating Indoor Tanning Salons, Yelena Spector

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Accrual Barriers in Cancer Clinical Trials: A Strategy Assessment, Ariane Varlotta

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Hotspotting: Using TJUH Data to Understand Super Utilizers, Brittany Divito

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Informing the Content Development of a Relationship Curriculum for teenagers with Trisomy 21: A survey of parents and healthcare professionals, Kristy Palmer

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The Impact of Adverse Childhood Events on Super-Utilization in Camden, New Jersey, Brent Troy

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Assessment of Health Policy Literacy Curricula in Physician Assistant Programs, Kristen Cellary

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Assessment of the Utilization and Satisfaction of Educational Material in the Postpartum Weight Management Study, Alexandra Lambert

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Examination of Non-Financial Barriers and Stigma for Mental Health Care, Jessica Levy

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An Assessment of Tobacco Cessation Protocol at an Urban Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, John M. McCullum

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A Comparative Policy Analysis: Medicaid as a Payer for Maternity Care Services, Alison Spanier

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Identifying Risk Factors of Hospital Admission during the Postpartum Period: A Cross Sectional Study of the 2010 Nationwide Inpatient Sample, Manasi Vinod

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A First-Degree Family History of Alcoholism: Effects on Clinical and Psychosocial Variables, Swarnalata Debbarma

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A Quantitative Evaluation of Prior Clinic Care on Prenatal Enrollment in a Medicaid-Subsidized Population, Cheung Kim

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The Factors that Affect Fruit and Vegetable Consumption among Residents in Urban Food Deserts, Katherine Puskarz

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Super Utilizers have more Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Aileen Zimmerman

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Partnership Assessment of the St. Elizabeth's Wellness Collaborative, Alex Bryan

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An Analysis of Energy Balance Knowledge, Behaviors, and BMI among Adolescent SNAP-Ed Participants in The School District of Philadelphia, Katherine Halkyard

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A Quantitative Assessment on Hand Hygiene Adherence Among Patients Admitted to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Leonarda Parente

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Differences in HIV Testing Patterns and Risk Factors Between the Francophone and Anglophone African Immigrants in Philadelphia, Nkeiruka Jennifer Ezenduka

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Assessing FDA's Risk Management and Evaluation Strategies for Novel Oral Anticoagulants: A comprehensive plan for Impact Assessment of Public Health Interventions Using the RE-AIM Framework, Ashley Koczur

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WAVE: Water in Akarambi and Village Engagement: A Needs Assessment and Proposal for Water Infrastructure Development in Akarambi Village, Rulindo District, North Province, Rwanda, Kathryn Mitchell-Healey

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Evaluation of the Behavioral Health Screen-Emergency Department (BHS-ED): Pearls and Pitfalls of an Audio-Computer Assisted Self-Interview (ACASI) Tool, Jeffrey A. Nafash

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Knowledge and Attitudes of Emergency Department (ED) Healthcare providers and patients regarding Hepatitis C & Hepatitis C screening in the ED., Róisín A. O'Donnell, MD

Submissions from 2013

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Partner Support During Pregnancy and Its influence on Maternal Health Behaviors, Mazvita Nyamukapa

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An Analysis of Intermediate DISH Outcomes using EMR Data Abstraction and HLM Trajectory Analysis, Viraj Patel

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Organic Food Consumption Intent Among Thomas Jefferson University Students, Ushta Aryan, MD, PhD, CPH, CHES

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Perceptions of Neighborhood Factors and Their Influence on Rates of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), Frances Abigail (Abby) Cabrera