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 2013

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Endgame for Polio Eradication? A Policy Analysis, Pavan Ganapathiraju

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Health Lessons Through Children's Photographs: Photovoice with School-Children in Rural Rwanda, An Evaluation of Jeff Health's Soil-Transmitted Helminths Education Program, Yasmine Koukaz

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Development of a Physician Resource Packet to Assist with Advance Care Planning in an Ambulatory Primary Care Setting, Leslie Peterson

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Does Accurate Provider Perception of Patient Health Literacy Level Impact Patient Satisfaction with Provider Communication at an Urban Family Planning Clinic?, Jodi L. Rueter

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Defining and Measuring Empowerment at the Maternity Care Coalition, Rachel Thomas

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Patient Characteristics in an Ophthalmology-only Emergency Room: Opportunities for Prevention in Eye Trauma, Steven Wang

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How Providers Treat HIV: An Analysis of Provider Opinion and Adoption of the 2012 DHHS Guidelines for the use of Antiretroviral Agents in HIV-1 Infected Adults and Adolescents, Catelyn Coyle

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Program Evaluation of a Youth-Led Workforce Development Community Garden Program: Teens4Good, Katelyn Hurley

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Weight Loss Apps: To What Extent Are They Grounded in Behavior Change Theory?, Michelle Porter

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Rates of Cancer Screening Among Individuals with Chronic Diseases, Usha Prasad

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Utilizing Hair Stylists as Lay Health Educators for Cardiovascular Disease, Neesee Brown

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Choose Healthier Initiative: Design, Implementation and Effects of a Color-Coded Labeling Intervention on Vending Machines at an Urban Academic Medical Center., Ranita Chakrabarti

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Knowledge and Attitudes Assessment of Out-of-Hospital Emergency Physicians in Yerevan, Armenia, Aline Baghdassarian, MD

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Smoking Mediates the Relationship between Adverse Childhood Experiences and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in the BRFSS Data, Andrew Messersmith

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The Effect of the Sphere Standards on the Incidence of Communicable and Infectious diseases in a Complex Humanitarian Emergency, Masashi Rotte

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Emergency Department Utilization: An Analysis of the Thomas Jefferson Community Benefit Areas in North Philadelphia, Bettina Berman

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Emergency Department Utilization Among South Philadelphia Residents and Frequent Users in the Jefferson Community Benefit Area, Melissa McCarey

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An Examination of Populations who Access STD-Related Services at Two City Health Clinics and a Strategy for Maintaining these Clinics in the Era of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, Matthew P. Prior

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Patient-Centered Cardiac Risk Communication in Primary Care: A Pilot Study, Neethu Tharu

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Philadelphia Toxic Community Risk Assessment, Jeffrey Turner

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Youth Building Roots Photovoice Project: A Youth Perspective on Where Food Comes From, Samantha Davis

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A Policy Analysis to Improve Healthcare Access For Restaurant Workers in Philadelphia, Jonathan Musyt, MD

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Hepatitis C Knowledge, Barriers To Care, And Program Preferences Among Individuals in a Syringe Exchange Program: A Qualitative Assessment, Molly O'Rourke

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Assessment & Plan for Patient-Centered Medical Home Implementation at Project H.O.M.E. Wellness Center, Jennifer Robertshaw

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Exploring the Barriers to Exclusive Breastfeeding in Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties: Promoting Mother-to-Mother Support, Martina Westcott

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Health Behaviors Associated with Chronic Disease Development and Management among Iraqi Refugees, Ikram Youssef

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Impact of Personalized Mail and Telephone Interventions to Improve Follow-up to Vision Care in Patients with Diabetes: Results from Two Randomized Prospective Trials, Camila Zangalli, MD

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HELP-HF (How elderly live with pain in heart failure): Public Health Significance, Apurva Dineshbhai Patel

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Barriers to the use of PPE to Prevent Pertussis Exposures in the Pediatric Primary Care Network, Julie Fierro

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Assessing the Effects of Female Adolescent Risky Sexual Behavior on HPV Vaccine Uptake, TK Rodgers

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Type II Diabetes and Dietary Preferences in a Rapidly Urbanizing Region of West Africa, Megan Doherty

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Development and Evaluation of the Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware Geriatric Education Center’s (EPaD GEC) Geriatric Oncology Online Toolkit, Mariana R. Kuperman

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Do Smoking Cessation Programs Tailored to Specific Audiences Improve Cessation Outcomes?, Neh Molyneaux

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The Effects of a Standardized Patient Education Program on Self-Management Outcomes in Patients with HIV, Jason J. Schafer

Submissions from 2012

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Root Cause Analysis Heart Failure Readmissions at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Moazzum N. Bajwa

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An Urban Gardening Evaluation in Philadelphia: How a Garden Affects Social Capital, Health and Community, Julian Barkan

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The Low Enrollment into the Affordable Care Act's Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan, Preet K. Bassi, JD

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Assessing the Impact of Patient Navigation in a Formerly Homeless Population with Substance Abuse and Psychiatric Disabilities, Kasia Kania

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Error-Choice Tests of Stigma Surrounding Mental Health at Thomas Jefferson University, Esther D. Moberg

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Improving Medical Student Education about Preventive Services, David Skhirtladze, MD

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Putting Something of Value at Risk - Assessing Problem Gambling in the Five-County Philadelphia Area, Katie Cranston

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The Green Pursuit: Seeking Grant Dollars to Fund the Urban Farming and Environmental Education Program (UFEED), Janet Milliman

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Cigarette Smoking and Ovarian Cancer Risk, Disease Severity, and Survival, Oluwatosin Odunsi

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Assessing the Barriers and Knowledge of Patients Regarding Non-Emergent Emergency Department Utilization, Colleen Payton

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Blood Pressure Screenings at a Farmers' Market: A Pilot Study, Amy Potts

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A Qualitative Assessment of African Americans' Knowledge, Attitudes and Beliefs about Hospice Care, Stephanie Reed

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Assessing the Health Literacy Environment: Three Domains of Literacy Evaluated in a Pediatric Diabetes Clinic, Erin Winterhalter

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Functional Health Literacy and Diabetes Self-Care Adherence, Sabrina Chen

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Diabetes Mellitus in Camden: The Healthcare Worker's Perspective, Dhvani Doshi

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Views of Women on Health and Pregnancy: A Community-Based Assessment in Philadelphia, Shale Maulana

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Breastfeeding Profile of Mothers in the Maternity Care Coalition Program, Lori Singerman

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The Role of African-American Churches in Addressing HIV/AIDS and Other Health Issues in Philadelphia, Donielle Sturgis

Submissions from 2011

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A Nutrition Inquiry Focused on the Prevalence of Vitamin B12 Deficiency Among Bhutanese Refugees in Philadelphia, Brandon C. Cherry

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Evaluation of Sustainability of Prosthetic Services in a Post-Disaster Setting Case Study: Crudem Prosthetic Lab, Anita Mohandas, MSc

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GOT WORMS?: Planning and Evaluation of a Culturally Appropriate Health Education Pilot Program for the Control of Soil-Transmitted Helminth Infections in Rwandan Village Children, Pier Hart

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Assessing Nutrition Knowledge, Skill and Attitudes in Adolescent Girls, Tatyana Jean

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The Need for a Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax in Philadelphia – Policy Analysis, J M. O'Dell

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Home is where the Health Is: Housing, Health and Wellness in a Chronically Homeless Population, Jessica W. Hamilton

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Mothers’ Hospital Experience with Breastfeeding: Education and Support in Metropolitan Philadelphia, Katherine E. MacLean

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Assessing Vaccine Access, Barriers, and Youth-Friendly Provider Characteristics for Adolescent Females Seeking Information on the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine, Melisa Mordenti

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Weight Status and Colorectal Cancer Screening by Gender, Race and Ethnicity, Heather Bittner Fagan, MD

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Unmet Need Within the Korean American Community: Mental Health and Higher Education From Three Perspectives, Hae Lina Kim

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Maternal Health Workforce Shortages in Southeast Pennsylvania, Jacqueline E. Kohl

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Use of Internet-Based Diabetes Self-Management Education: Emmi Solutions, Esther Pak

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Price, Access and Education at Philadelphia Farmers' Markets, Anna M. Quinn

Submissions from 2010

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Stage of Diagnosis of Breast Cancer and Socioeconomic Status in a Universal Healthcare System: A Population-Based Study in Emilia-Romagna, Italy., Daniel Friedberg

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Community Benefit: Fulfilling the Mission of an Urban Hospital System Public Health Assessment and Planning to Benefit Underserved Communities, Jillian Necky

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Consenting Patients to Oncology Based Clinical Trails: Do Clinical Researchers' Fully Understand the FDA Required Elements of the Consent Form Document?, J. Schoppe

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Knowledge and Perceived Barriers about Diabetic Retinopathy Among Patients with Diabetes in an Urban Academic Environment, Manisha Verma, MD

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A Process Evaluation of the Clinic-Community Intervention Program: Jefferson's Family Medicine Practice Weight Management Program based on the Chronic Care Model, Ashley Bowersox

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The Impact of the Closing of a Local Maternity Ward on Pregnant Women in North Philadelphia, Shilpa Jadhav

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The Convergence of Law and Medicine: Program Planning and Evaluation of a Medical-Legal Partnership, Shannon Mace

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Performance of Colorectal Cancer Screening Steps in Primary Care, Salini Mohanty

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Maximizing Volunteerism in Youth Shelters: Improving Orientation and Communication Strategies, Boudu G. Bingay

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Performance Eating for Athletic Kids (PEAK) Pilot-Testing a Nutrition Education Curriculum for an Athletics Based After-School Program, Brian Burke

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Global Health Ministry Medical Missions: Volunteer Motivations, Maura A. Murphy

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Knowledge, Beliefs, and Practices of Hispanic Type 2 Diabetics in South Philadelphia, Heidi Swan

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Patient Awareness of Practicing Hand Hygiene: An Intervention for Hospitalized Oncology Patients, Brianna C. Germain

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Barriers to Medication Adherence in Patients Undergoing Recovery, Rohit A. Moghe

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Assessing the Safety Profile of the 2009 Monovalent H1N1 Vaccine: A Secondary Data Analysis of the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, Megan T. Morris

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Organizational Culture and Dynamics of Primary Care Groups (PCGS) In the Local Health Authority (LHA) of Parma, Italy, Valerie P. Pracilio

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A Comparison of Intermediate Outcomes of Diabetes Care in the Diabetes Information and Support for your Health (DISH) Program in the Jefferson Family Medical Associates Practice, Jeffrey A. Reitz

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The Passage of Pennsylvania's Act 62 (HB 1150): From Concept to Health Policy, Eugene Goeser

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Assessment of Patient and Provider's Knowledge, Attitudes, Beliefs and Practices Related to Oral Health Care During Pregnancy., Megha Vaid, B.D.S.

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Using Community Based Participatory Research and Community Engagement Approaches with Established Community Partnerships to Assess Barries to HPV Immunization with Gardasil in Underserved Girls and Adolescents in a Philadelphia Neighborhood, Amina Wirjosemito

Submissions from 2009

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The Growing Incidence of Premature Infants with Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD) and the Impact of Inhaled Nitric Oxide Therapy on BPD, Trevor T. Fusaro

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Knowledge, Attitudes and Practice Related to Soil-Transmitted Helminthes in Rwandan Villages, Priscilla Sepe

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Toxocariasis in the United States and the Burden of Neglected Disease: Public Health Policies For Increasing Awareness and Prevention, Jennifer Smith

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Eating health: Attitudes, behavior, and barriers to eating healthy across race in four Philadelphia neighborhoods, Sheena Ahlawat:

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Evaluation of the 215 Go Program, Semhal Berhane

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Knowledge, Attitude, and Behavior Towards Cigarette Smoking in HIV-Positive Populations: An In- Depth Qualitative Study, Monica Getahun

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Using the Kids Database Survey to Evaluate the Experiences of Vaccination Providers with an Immunization Information System within the Philadelphia Area, Kathleen Grant

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Barriers to Participation in Cancer Clinical Trials: Improvements Recommendations for Missed Opportunities to Address Disparities, Michelle Marinucci

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Assessment of viral hepatitis screening policies and practice in Philadelphia methadone maintenance programs, Amy Micheli

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Identifying risk factors and prevention methods for lyme disease associated with outdoor activities in Chester county, Pennsylvania: A retrospective cohort study, Jaclyn O'Pella

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Initiation of breastfeeding in an inner-city population: cross-sectional study., Deepam Thomas

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Banning Game-Time Drinking: An Analysis of Medical Emergencies at the Nation's Largest Collegiate Football Stadium, Patrick Gomella

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Factors Associated with Failure to Attend a Postpartum Care Visit 21-56 Days Following A Live Birth at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Colleen M. Horan, MD

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Attitudes and barriers of cancer patients towards participation in yoga intervention: exploring racial differences, Desai Krupali

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The Impact of Prenatal Care and Its Relationship to Birth Outcomes at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Samiyeh J. Price