PhD Program in Public & Community Health

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PhD in Public and Community Health Alumni

Alumni - 2012

The PhD Program in Public and Community Health graduated its first cohort of students. They began their journey to a PhD degree in 2008. On May 18, 2012, Kaija Zusevics, Elizabeth Duthie, and Annie Nguyen graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy degree.

Kaija Zusevics, PhD

Kaija's dissertation was entitled Testing an Intervention to Impact Student Engagement and Hope among Urban Students: A Social Determinants of Health Framework. Abstract.

She has accepted a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Program in Genomics and Ethics in the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Kaija had her first manuscript, written as a Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities' Program in Genomics and Ethics team member, accepted for publication.

  • Zusevics, K., Lemke, M., Harley, A., & Florsheim, P. (2012). Project Health: Evaluation of a Project-Based Health Education Program. Accepted for publication in Health Education. 

“This program laid the foundation for me to grow into a flexible, transparent, and reflexive researcher and teacher. The science of public and community health is based on respect for multiple truths, honest collaboration, and the translation of knowledge; each component an art form in and of itself. I learned that it is possible for the science and art of public health to converge and synergistically enhance strides toward social justice.” Kaija Zusevics, 2012

Spring 2012 - Kaija received an Outstanding Medical School Teacher award for her presentation in the M2 Health Policy course. Her session, taught with PhD in Public and Community Health doctoral candidate, Emmy Hall, was entitled "Health Disparities and Policy Solutions".

March 1, 2013 - Kaija's article entitled Ancillary Care, Genomics, and the Need and Opportunity for Community-Based Participatory Research, was published in The American Journal of Bioethics, 13:2, 54-56.

Kaija and Dr. Sheri Johnson recently had a manuscript accepted for publication in the Urban Review. The manuscript is entitled "Does hope change? Testing a Project-Based health intervention among urban students of color".

October 2013 - Kaija presented a poster at the 23rd Annual Research Poster Session sponsored by the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Her abstract is entitled "Genetics and genomics education at accredited schools and programs of public health".

Elizabeth Duthie, PhD

Elizabeth’s dissertation was entitled The Unbearable Lightness of Being Pregnant: Patient and Provider Perspectives on Pregnancy Weight Gain. Abstract.

Elizabeth accepted a postdoctoral fellowship sponsored through the Center for Patient Care and Outcomes Research at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She is working on an NIH-funded project (R21) following couples as they go through treatments for infertility to better understand their decision-making about which treatments to pursue.

2013 - Elizabeth and Annie Nguyen have an abstract accepted by the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting. The title is "Policy lessons from interventions to improve school meal nutrition: A literature review."

2013 - Elizabeth, along with Annie Nguyen, have a manuscript accepted for publication.
           Nguyen, A.L., Duthie, E.A., Denson, K., Franco, J., & Duthie, E.H. (Accepted and in press). Positioning medical students for the geriatric imperative: Using Geriatrics to effectively teach Medicine. Gerontology and Geriatrics Education.

Annie Nguyen, PhD

Annie’s dissertation was entitled Cultural Perspectives, Lifecourse, and the Social Ecology of Successful Aging: The Views of Chinese and Hmong EldersAbstract.

2012: She accepted a gerontology Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of California-Irvine School of Medicine in the Department of Family Medicine/Geriatrics.

2012 - Annie has been selected for a poster presentation at the 2012 APHA Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Her abstract entitled "Community-engaged research in successful aging: Health beliefs of Chinese and Hmong elders" was selected from a large number of excellent submittals.

"The four years I spent in this program were the most significant in my development as a scholar and researcher. Without the professional guidance and intellectual challenges presented to me by my mentor and other supportive faculty and fellow students I would not be the scholar I am today. My experience here gave me the skills to be rigorous in my scientific inquiry but also reminded me that respect for communities, dignity, and justice should never be sacrificed for the sake of science. I feel confident and prepared to embark on the next phase of my professional career and truly believe that I will go far because of all that I have gained from this program." Annie Nguyen, 2012

2013 - Annie and Elizabeth Duthie have an abstract accepted by the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting. The title is "Policy lessons from interventions to improve school meal nutrition: A literature review."

2013 - Annie, along with Elizabeth Duthie, have a manuscript accepted for publication.
           Nguyen, A.L., Duthie, E.A., Denson, K., Franco, J., & Duthie, E.H. (Accepted and in press). Positioning medical students for the geriatric imperative: Using Geriatrics to effectively teach Medicine. Gerontology and Geriatrics Education.

2013 - Annie received a NIH funded pilot award through the UCLA Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research/Center for Health Improvement for Minority Elders.

October 2013 - Annie Nguyen, PhD, MPH became an Assistant Professor at the UC Irvine School of Medicine in the Department of Family Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine & Gerontology.

 

 

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