Graduate Programs in Community Health

graduates in cap and gowns

Our programs offer a balanced curriculum with theory and practical experience through community-based research and field placement!

Highlights of our programs...

  • Multi-disciplinary research
  • Student and faculty diversity
  • Teaching experiences available
  • Community and outreach opportunities

Application deadlines

Applications for all degrees except the Master of Public Health (MPH) are due on January 15 for the following Fall admission and October 1 for the following Spring admission.

 

 
 
Brynn Adamson

“With my research I facilitate peer-developed and peer-delivered exercise programs for individuals with multiple sclerosis. My goals are to provide access to exercise opportunities in a way that allows for greater autonomy, increased social support and reduced apprehension regarding disability.”

Brynn Adamson

Teaching Assistant Professor

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Reginald Alston

“My primary area of research involves exploring factors which impact ethnic disparities in rehabilitation outcomes within the state/federal rehabilitation system in the United States.  In particular, I am interested in the effective development, interpretation, and implementation/enforcement of rehabilitation policy that is culturally relevant for minorities with disabilities.  I pursue these areas of inquiry because of the association between success within the rehabilitation service network and minorities’ overall functionality, employment, and psychosocial adjustment following onset of chronic illness or occurrence of severe injury.”

Reginald Alston

Professor

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Ruopeng An

“I conduct research to understand the contributing factors to the obesity epidemic. Based on my study findings, decision makers and stakeholders can design and implement evidence-based policies to effectively combat obesity.”

Ruopeng An

Assistant Professor

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Julie Bobitt

“My research focuses on evaluating the dissemination and implementation of policies and programs for older adults.  This work informs policy makers and promotes the development of better programs to improve the lives of older adults.”

Julie Bobitt

Teaching Assistant Professor, I-Health Director

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Chung-Yi Chiu

“I conduct theory/model-driven studies of three main research themes—health promotion, psychosocial adjustment to disability and chronic illness, and social participation. These research studies are important to understand how people with disability and chronic illness live healthy, meaningful, and productive lives; to know why they have barriers and challenges when pursuing physical, mental, and social well-being; and to learn how to improve social participation for better well-being and quality of life.”

Chung-Yi Chiu

Assistant Professor

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Kristen DiFilippo

“My research focuses on the use of apps to support nutrition education and health behavior change. My work centers on providing nutrition and health educators with tools and strategies to support behavior change for preventing and managing chronic diseases.”

Kristen DiFilippo

Teaching Assistant Professor

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Robyn Gobin

“I study the impact of sexual, emotional, and physical harm on mental health. I am especially interested in learning what methods help hurt people heal and what factors slow down the healing process.”

Robyn Gobin

Assistant Professor

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Diana Grigsby-Toussaint

“My research focuses on understanding how and why social and environmental factors influence the three pillars of health: diet, physical activity, and sleep.  Using an interdisciplinary approach spanning epidemiology, geography, and nutrition, my work provides critical insight for promoting positive health outcomes among vulnerable populations across the life course.”

Diana Grigsby-Toussaint

Associate Professor

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Dr. Cheryl Hanley-Maxwell

"My research interests are preparing youth and adults with severe disabilities getting and keeping employment. This allows these individuals who would otherwise be excluded to become contributing and valued members of the community."

Dr. Cheryl Hanley-Maxwell

Professor and Dean of AHS College

 
Yih-Kuen Jan

“My research focuses on the development of clinical guidelines and assistive technologies for the improvement of quality of life in people with disabilities. I am also interested in evaluating the impact of the provision of assistive devices on the employment, social participation and quality of life in people with disabilities.”

Yih-Kuen Jan

Associate Professor

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Justine Kaplan

“I empower and support students interested in pursuing a career in public health, helping to strengthen the next generation of public health practitioners. I do this through teaching public health courses, facilitating community-based experiential learning opportunities for students, and supporting students throughout their graduate program and in the transition into their post-graduate career.”

Justine Kaplan

Teaching Assistant Professor, MPH interim Director

 
Hillary Klonoff-Cohen

“My research focuses on cancer and women's and infant's health.
I investigate an array of topics, including preeclampsia, sudden infant death syndrome, premenopausal breast cancer, infertility, childhood asthma, and childhood cancer in order to first discover the cause(s)/etiology and subsequently determine the best treatment and prevention strategies for such diseases.”

Hillary Klonoff-Cohen

Professor

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Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo

“My research focuses on mental health disparities in women and mothers, particularly racial and ethnic minorities, immigrants, and veteran caregivers. I examine how psychosocial, cultural, structural, and physiological factors are associated with poor mental health in my populations of interest.”

Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo

Assistant Professor

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Shannon Mejia

“To truly support health and independence, health technologies must be sensitive to the context and complexity of life as it is lived. Thus, my research examines the processes by which older adults understand their health and use health technologies in daily life, with the goal of informing the development and implementation of technologies that are responsive to older adults’ dynamic needs, goals, and abilities.”

Shannon Mejía

Assistant Professor

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Stephen Notaro

"My research focuses on improving the health system to achieve better health outcomes. Working in this growing area of study, my team employs data driven analysis in reviewing hospital utilization and the policies that impact the provision of services. I prepare students for leadership positions in health administration through coursework and practical experiences."

Stephen Notaro

Teaching Associate Professor

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Laura Rice

“My primary research interests are based in the rehabilitation sciences and primarily focus on management of secondary impairments associated with physical disabilities.  As healthcare improves, individuals with disabilities are living longer but face new impairments, such as pain, mobility limitations and poor quality of life.  I am interested in investigation of interventions to keep people with disabilities active and healthy through their full lifespan.”

Laura Rice

Assistant Professor

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Wendy Rogers

“My research supports successful aging through the design of technology.  Older adults are involved in our projects focus on: personal, social, and telepresence robots; digital home assistants and other smart devices; applications to support medication adherence; and understanding the needs of people who are aging with sensory or mobility impairments.  Our goal is to enhance quality of life for older adults.”

Wendy Rogers

Khan Professor of Applied Health Science

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Karin Rosenblatt

“I study what the risk and protective factors are for cancer in populations.  This provides information about how to prevent cancer in different groups in the population.”

Karin Rosenblatt

Associate Professor

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Andiara Schwingel

“I study ways to improve the health of underserved populations (e.g. US Latino immigrants, older adults, and rural dwellers) through community health programs that are both culturally-sensitive and sustainable. My research inform public health policy and practice that can lead to healthier communities.”

Andiara Schwingel

Associate Professor

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Chelsea R. Singleton

“My research examines how the food environment of a community can affect a person’s shopping habits, diet, and health. I focus my work on low-income communities because they often have limited access to stores that sell healthy foods.”

Chelsea R. Singleton

Assistant Professor

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David Strauser

“My work focuses on increasing health and well-being of people with chronic health conditions by improving access and engagement  in employment related activities.”

David Strauser

Professor

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