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Student Research

Both the undergraduate and graduate programs in the Department of Global and Community Health provide students opportunities to engage in meaningful public health research through coursework, independent research studies, graduate research assistants, and by volunteering for faculty-directed research projects. Students learn how to formulate significant research questions, apply epidemiologic methods to explore a variety of health problems, analyze quantitative and quality data using the most advanced statistics techniques and software, interpret results, and disseminate findings through the publication of refereed articles in prominent scientific journals. Student research training is an important part of our research mission and our faculty are eager to help students develop the skills to advance their careers or pursue a pathway for doctoral research training.

Selected Student-Authored Publications 2014-2017


Coffey NT, Cassese J, Cai X, Garfinkel S, Patel D, Jones R, et al. Identifying and Understanding the Health Information Experiences and Preferences of Caregivers of Individuals With Either Traumatic Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, or Burn Injury: A Qualitative Investigation. J Med Internet Res. 2017 May 10;19(5):e159. DOI: (Nathan T. Coffey, MPH’16; Rebecca Jones, MPH’16; Drasti Patel, MPH’16)

Miller LM, Lampe JW, Newton KM, Gundersen G, Fuller S, Reed SD, Frankenfeld CL. Being overweight or obese is associated with harboring a gut microbial community not capable of metabolizing the soy isoflavone daidzein to O-desmethylangolensin in peri- and post-menopausal women. Maturitas. 2017 May;99:37-42. DOI: Epub 2017 Feb 16. PubMed PMID: 28364866. (Linsey M. Miller, MS’14)

Oh KM, Taylor KL, Jacobsen KH. Breast cancer screening among Korean Americans: a systematic review. Journal of Community Health. 2017 Apr; 42(2):324–332. DOI: (Karen L. Taylor MPH ’13)

Peyton RP, Ranasinghe S, Jacobsen KH. Injuries, violence, and bullying among middle school students in Oman. Oman Medical Journal. 2017 Mar; 32(2):98–105. DOI: (Shamika Ranasinghe MS ’14)

Rossheim ME, Barry AE, Thombs DL, Weiler RM, Krall JR, Stephenson C, Walters ST, Reed MB, Clapp JD, Suzuki S, Barnett TE, & Cannell B. Factors associated with self-estimated breath alcohol concentration among bar patrons. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2017;41(8):1492-1501. (Caroline J. Stephenson, MS’17)

Spataro C, Afdhal S, Weinstein AA, Escheik C, Austin P, Brodie K, et al. Fatigue and Hepatitis C: A focus group study. Qual Res Med Healthc. 2017 Jul 21;1(2). ). DOI: (Christine Spataro, MPH’17)

Stephenson CJ, Rossheim ME, Frankenfeld CL, Boncy J, Okech BA, von Fricken ME. Cross-sectional analysis of the association between bedtime and malaria exposure in the Ouest and Sud-Est Departments of Haiti. Acta Trop. 2017 Aug 14;176:188-191. DOI: [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28818627. (Caroline J. Stephenson, MS’17)

Street EJ, Jacobsen KH. Prevalence of sports injuries among 13- to 15-year-old students in 25 low- and middle-income countries. Journal of Community Health. 2017 Apr; 42(2):295–302. DOI: (Erica J. Street MPH ’16)

Weppelmann TA, von Fricken ME, Wilfong T, Aguenza E, Telisma T, Okech BA. Field trial of the CareStartTM Biosensor Analyzer for the Determination of Glucoe-6-phosphate Dehydrogenase Activity in Haiti. Am J of Trop Med Hyg. August 14, 2017; [Epub ahead of print] DOI: (Elisa Aguenza, MPH’15)


Campbell S, Masooma R, Pollack AZ. Perfluoroalkyl substances and endometriosis in US women in NHANES 2003–2006. Reproductive Toxicology. 2016 Oct;65:230-35. DOI: (Stephanie Campbell, MPH’15)

Coffey NT, Weinstein AA, Cai C, Cassese J, Jones R, Shaewitz D, et al. Identifying and Understanding the Health Information Experiences and Preferences of Individuals With TBI, SCI, and Burn Injuries. J Patient Exp. 2016 Sep;3(3):88–95. DOI: (Nathan T. Coffey, MPH’16; James Cassese, MS’15; Rebecca Jones, MPH’16)

Painter JE, Plaster AN, Tjersland DH, Jacobsen KH. Zika virus knowledge, attitudes, and vaccine interest among university students. Vaccine. 2007 Feb 7; 35(6):960–965. DOI: (Ashley N. Plaster BS ’17, MPH ’19, Dylan H. Tjersland BS ’17, MPH ’19)

Parker MH, Campbell S, Weinstein AA. Upper Extremity Exercise in Older Breast Cancer Survivors: Benefits of Dragon Boat Paddling. Curr Geriatr Rep. 2016 Sep 1;5(3):226–32. DOI: (Stephanie Campbell, MPH’15)

Street EJ, Jacobsen KH. Injury incidence among middle school students aged 13–15 years in 47 low-income and middle-income countries. Injury Prevention. 2016 Dec; 22(6):432–436. DOI: (Erica J. Street MPH ’16)

Ranasinghe S, Ramesh S, Jacobsen KH. Hygiene and mental health among middle school students in India and 11 other countries. Journal of Infection and Public Health. 2016 July–Aug; 9(4): 429–435. DOI: (Shamika Ranasinghe MS ’14, Swathi Ramesh MPH ’14)


Frankenfeld CL, Sikaroodi M, Lamb E, Shoemaker S, Gillevet PM. High-intensity sweetener consumption and gut microbiome content and predicted gene function in a cross-sectional study of adults in the United States. Ann Epidemiol. 2015 Oct;25(10):736-42.e4. DOI: Epub 2015 Jul 17. PubMed PMID: 26272781. (Sarah Shoemaker, MPH’13)

Frankenfeld CL, Leslie TF, Makara MA. Diabetes, obesity, and recommended fruit and vegetable consumption in relation to food environment sub-types: a cross-sectional analysis of Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, United States Census, and food establishment data. BMC Public Health. 2015 May 14;15:491. DOI: PubMed PMID: 25966962; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4432961. (Matthew A. Makara, MPH’12)

Abdi H, Abdirahman HA, Jacobsen KH. Injuries and sport injuries among Argentinian students aged 13-15 years. International Sports Studies: Journal of the International Society for Comparative Physical Education and Sport. 2015 May; 37(1):16-26. (Hamdi Abdi MPH ’16; Hafsa A. Abdirahman MPH ’11)

Matute J, Lydick EA, Torres OR, Owen KK, Jacobsen KH. Prevalence of cleft lip and cleft palate in rural north-central Guatemala. Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal. 2015 May; 52(3):377-380. DOI: (Elaine Lydick MPH ’13)

McKittrick TR, Jacobsen KH. Oral hygiene and hand washing practices among middle-school students in 15 Latin American and Caribbean countries. West Indian Medical Journal. 2015 June; 64(3):266-268. DOI: (Terence R. McKittrick MS ’14)


Bhoobun S, Jetty A, Koroma MA, Kamara MJ, Kabia M, Coulson R, Ansumana R, Jacobsen KH. Facilitators and barriers related to voluntary counseling and testing for HIV among young adults in Bo, Sierra Leone. Journal of Community Health. 2014 Jun; 39(3):514–520. DOI: (Anuradha Jetty, MPH ’13)

Frankenfeld CL, Poudrier J, Waters N, Gillevet PM. Past residence outside of the United States is associated with diet quality in adults currently residing in the United States. Am J Hum Biol. 2014 Jan-Feb;26(1):64-72. DOI: PubMed PMID: 24155086. (Jill Poudrier, MS’10)

Hasumi T, Jacobsen KH. Healthcare service problems reported in a national survey of South Africans. International Journal for Quality in Health Care. 2014 Aug; 26(4):482–489. DOI: (Takahiro Hasumi, MS ’12)

Jacobsen KH, Hasumi T. Satisfaction with healthcare services in South Africa: results of the national 2010 General Household Survey. Pan African Medical Journal. 2014 (Jun 22); 18:172. DOI: (Takahiro Hasumi, MS ’12)

Pollack AZ, Ranasinghe S, Sjaarda L, Mumford SL. Cadmium and reproductive health in women: a systematic review of the epidemiologic evidence. Current Environmental Health Reports. 2014 June;1(2):172-84. DOI: (Shamika Ranasinghe, MS’14)