“The focus on methods and also life course theory has allowed me to conceptualize, design and implement studies in the area of maternal and child health and health care disparities. Both qualitative methods AND quantitative course work has been key.”
The Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health is grounded in a life course framework with domestic and international focal areas including: sexual and reproductive health, fetal origins of disease, maternal and perinatal health, child health, adolescent health, and women's health. Three additional focal areas currently being developed include: urban health, family health, and neurodevelopment, behavior and health. Skills emphasized in departmental training include: population sciences, biologic markers and behavioral science, program evaluation, evidence based advocacy and the translation of research for programs and policy.
Message from the Chair
Robert W. Blum, MD, PhD, MPH, professor and chair of the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health, says that public health is different from other scientific ventures. To Blum, public health must go beyond understanding science to taking action that can improve health.
Meet some of our current students who are passionate for public health and are pursuing a degree in our department to address the population health needs both domestically and internationally. Learn about their backgrounds, research areas of interest and professional goals.