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.

Learn more about the program here.

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Submissions from 2022

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Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Adolescent Mental Health Outcomes, Hirva Trivedi

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Mental Health Disclosure and State Medical Licensure Requirements, Isabelle Tokash

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Perceptions of Harm Reduction Among Persons Who Use Drugs (PWUD), Ali Tarhini

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Exploring the Use of Photography with the Unhoused and Substance User Communities, Allison Sowers

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Self-Care Interventions for Socially Isolated Individuals Experiencing Depression, Anxiety, or Loneliness, Faraz Siddiqui

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Barriers to Lung Cancer Screening in Rural Populations, Alysa Schwenk

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Perceptions of a Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Intervention for Sexual Minority Adults, Vincent Pepe

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Public and Community Perceptions of Safe Injections Sites, Bahram Pashaee

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Assessing the Impact of Culturally Representative School-Based Therapy on Youth Mental Health, Janita A. Matoke

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Prevalence of Anxiety, Depression, and Suicide in National Collegiate Athletic Association Athletes, Eleanor Mancheski

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Early Marriage and Reproductive Health Outcomes Among Women in South Asia, Sameen Kazmi

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Evaluation of Trauma-Informed Care for Healthcare Utilizers, Nabil Hossain

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Factors Contributing to Parental COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy, Hiyab Hiruy

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Opioid-Alternative Pain Management Techniques Following Common Orthopedic Procedures, Cyrus Fatemi

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Evaluating Structural Barriers to Healthcare Access Experienced by Youth Without Housing, Julia Davidson

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Cultural Differences of Schizophrenia and the Effect on Patient Outcomes, Elizabeth Caltabiano

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Barriers to Accessing Intimate Partner Violence Resources Among Latina Immigrants, Tiffany Buturla

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Impact of Mobile Health Applications or Devices on Quality of Life for Adolescents and Young Adult Cancer Patients, Eric Abreu

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Rapid Systematic Review: COVID-19, Central Line Bloodstream Infections, and Ventilator-Associated Event Rates in the United States, Nkeiruka N. Ashiedu

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Gathering Perspectives on a Proposed Drug Checking Program in Philadelphia, Elias Borne

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Depression in the New Millennium: Examining 20-Year Trends in Depression Symptoms in the Context of School-Based Preventional Trials, Morgan L. Bush

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Delivering a Diet: Analysis of the Partnership with MANNA for Project MiNT, Nicholas Fiala

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The Impact of the Promotoras Program on Knowledge, Attitudes and Cervical Cancer Screening Among Hispanic/Latina Women: Rapid Review, Christina Gareis

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Attitudes and Opinions of Medical Students on Future Utilization of Masks, Aric Gonter

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Preliminary Analysis of a Photo-Elicitation Study Exploring the Experience of Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, LaiQuannah Hason

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Don't Ask Me About Health Insurance: Evaluating Health Insurance Literacy and Knowledge in 4th-Year Medical Students, Nicholas S. Imperato

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Disparities in Access to Advanced Stroke Care, Raluca Isenberg

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More Than a Headache: Discussions with Migraine Providers, Justin Kosman

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A Scoping Review of the Effect of Vaping Advertisements on Teens in the United States, Emily S. McDermott

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Lost Voices: Eligible People with Diabetes and the Reasons They Decline to Participate in Nutrition Focused Research, Daniel Petrosky

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Understanding Experiences of Providers During COVID-19 Surrounding Abortion Services, Anita Shah

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COVID-19 Vaccination Outreach Efforts in Philadelphia High Schools: Reflections from Masters of Public Health Students, Anna T. Sicilia

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Identifying Barriers to Physical Therapy Services for Medicaid Managed Care Enrollees: A Rapid Systematic Review, Shelley St Omer Roy

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Vaccine Hesitancy in Undocumented Immigrants in the United States, Christopher J. Stuever

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The State of Weight Stigma in Philadelphia: Improving Child and Adolescent Experiences, Lauren Waldman

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The Impact of Rising Prescription Drug Costs on the Elderly in the United States, Priyanka Bhatt

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Public Health Recommendations for Healthcare Providers on Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing, Amy E. Boles

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Translating Syphilis Rates Among Women of Reproductive Age in Philadelphia, Isabella Hampton

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Recommendations to Increase the Participation of African Americans to Head and Neck Cancer Clinical Trials: A Rapid Systematic Review, Camilo Henao

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Motorcycle Crashes and Fatalities from 2007-2018 in Philadelphia, PA: A GIS Mapping and Statistical Analysis to Inform Helmet Law, Simone Khouzam

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Drug Diversion in Healthcare Workers and Effects on Patients, Marissa M. Mauro

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Understanding Food Security Among Graduate Students at Thomas Jefferson University, Sarah Elizabeth Modlin

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Community-Based Programs as an Opportunity for Fentanyl Test Strip Distribution: A Rapid Systematic Review, Steven Orellana

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Philadelphia-Based Pharmacist Perceptions of Medication Take-Back Boxes, Janine Tobia

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Health Literacy in the African American Population Related to Hypertension and Efforts to Address this Public Health Issue, Jimar Hill

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Vaccination Interventions in the Emergency Department: A Rapid Review, Talia Z. Glodio

Submissions from 2021

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Conversations about COVID-19 Related Mammography Utilization Challenges & Opportunities, Candace Caldwell

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Examining the Impact of the Greening of Urban Blight on Mental Health: A Rapid Systematic Review, Megan Carty

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City of Brotherly Love? Understanding the Awareness and Perception of Anti-Homeless Architecture Among Philadelphians, Kaitlyn Davis, MS

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An Analysis of Policy Opportunities to Mitigate the Impact of Animal Agriculture on Climate Change, Caitlin Funt

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Prevalence of Pressure Ulcers in Long-term Care Facilities: A Focus on Older Adults, Joseph M. Callaghan, III

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Using CPBR Methodologies to Increase Accrual of Marginalized Populations in Clinical Trials: A Rapid Review of the Literature, Melanie Chalfin

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Effectiveness of Interventions that Influence Adolescents’ Health Behaviors, Mental Health, and Wellbeing Due to Social Media Use, Sarah Congdon

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The Effect of Exercise Interventions In Obese Pregnant Women on Infant Birth Outcomes: A Rapid Review, Abigail Corkum

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Individual and Interpersonal Influences on Maternal Immunization Uptake Among Pregnant Women in the Developing World, Devesh Dajee

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The Impact of Skin-Lightening Methods among Individuals of Indian Descent: A Rapid Review, Devanshi Dash

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The Effects of Community-Based Education Programs on Vaccine Utilization in Minority Populations: A Rapid Review, Mojisola Delano

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The Efficacy of Rehabilitation and Reintegration Programs at Lowering Recidivism in High-Risk Incarcerated Populations: A Rapid Review of the Literature, Robert Erianne

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The Difference in Effectiveness Between Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Pharmacotherapy for Mental Health Conditions in Childhood Trauma Survivors, Neha Jha

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The Evaluation of Medical Student International Mission Trips: A Rapid Review, Andrew Kamel

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Rapid Review of the Long-Term Efficacy of Compression-Only CPR Training, Matthew Kermitz

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The Effects of Working from Home During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Kai Killebrew

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Social Media on Mental Health Literacy in the United States: A Rapid Review, Wendy Kong

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Barriers and Facilitators Influencing Contraceptive Use Among Homeless Youth, Sravani Meka

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Variations in Health Insurance Exchange as a Part of the Affordable Care Act, Sofia Mitro

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Social Isolation in Young Adults Who Use Social Media: A Rapid Review of the Literature, Jake Mulroy

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Barriers to Breast, Cervical, and Colorectal Cancer Screenings Faced by Refugees Resettled in the United States: A Rapid Review of the Literature, Jaime Nassur

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Leveraging technology to improve medication adherence in bipolar individuals: A systematic review, Michael Ritsick

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Strategies to Improve Genomic Health Literacy for Chronic Diseases, Ruhi Shah

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Telemedicine-delivered Buprenorphine Treatment Interventions for Opioid Use Disorder: A Rapid Review, Dorothy Tang

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Factors Surrounding Advanced Cervical Cancer in South Jersey: The Patient’s Perspective, Michelle Bilbao, DO

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Pediatricians Prescribing Play: A Scalable Mobile Platform to Increase Physical Activity, Max Cornell

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Assessing the Wellbeing and Unmet Needs of SKCC Cancer Survivors, Jenna Fiore

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Examining the Unseen Trauma Endured by 911 Telecommunicators, Angela Gibilante

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Evaluating the Long-Term Health Outcomes of a Medically Tailored Meal Provider: A Pilot Program Evaluation for MANNA, Adrian Glass Crafford

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Evaluation of a Student-led Outreach to Address Digital Health Barriers during the COVID-19 Pandemic, Amanda Guth

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Reducing Readmission Rates By Improving Transitions Of Care For Stroke Patients In The Pre-Covid And Covid Eras, Evan Kolesnick

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Engaging Philadelphia Youth in Climate Change Policy through Virtual Education and Podcasting, Amanda Molinaro

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An Introduction to Trauma-Informed Care: What Students Need to Know, Cari Picciano

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Consumer Survey: Exploring Perceptions of Evidence in Digital Health, Olivia Taylor

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Diabetes Management in the Inadequately Insured, Olusegun Bakare

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ENDS in Philadelphia: Epidemiology of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems in Southeastern Pennsylvania, Christopher Catania

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Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Three Radiation Treatment Strategies for Patients with Multiple Brain Metastases, Victor Chen

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Impact of a Trauma-Informed Training Program on Non-Clinical Staff in the Emergency Department, Michelle Choiselat

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Experience of Nurses in a Community Oncology Practice in Securing Oral Oncology Medications for Patients from Specialty Pharmacies, Laurie Donoris, JD, MBA

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Assessing Correlates of Park Access in Philadelphia, Tiara Halstead

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Life During COVID-19: The Student Experience, Julianne LaRosa

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Assessing Child Lead Exposure in Philadelphia: A Policy Analysis, Mahrukh Naqvi

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Role of Teledentistry During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Rapid Systematic Review, Pretty Merry Sam

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Multisystemic Intervention Therapy for United States Youth with Behavioral Disorders: A Quality Improvement Project, Megan Scott

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A Geospatial Analysis of Lung Cancer Burden in Philadelphia, PA, Katherine Senter

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Mental Health Education Evaluation Pilot Study in Montgomery Area and Milton Area School Districts, Rasheeda Williamson

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A Quality Improvement Project for Improving Controlled Substance Prescribing in a Primary Care Setting, Theresa Zelman, PharmD

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The Future of Opioid Prescribing: Implementation of a Virtual Opioid & Pain Management Module for Medical Students, Jenna Adalbert

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Postpartum in a Pandemic: Using Photo-elicitation to Explore Experiences of New Mothers During COVID-19, Elizabeth Critchlow

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Effective Support for the Siblings of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A rapid systematic review, Yuri Matsubara, MD

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Patient-Centered Pathology Report: Rapid Review, Eric Steimetz, MD

Submissions from 2020

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Trends of Traffic-Related Injuries Treated Across a Jefferson Health Trauma Center, Masihuddin Ahmed

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A Qualitative Analysis of the Entertainment-Education Campaign “Girlsplained”, Adrea Cope and Amy Henderson Riley, DrPH, CHES

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Association Between Air Quality and Childhood Asthma Prevalence in Urban Areas in the United States, Mallory Haas, BSN, RN, CCRN