Students are encouraged to get involved with research early in their academic program whether they explore their interests as part of a class assignment or seek employment on a faculty member’s study.

Students have also worked on research in other divisions in the school (e.g., Epidemiology and Community Health), University departments (e.g., Sociology) or University-wide interdisciplinary centers (e.g., Minnesota Population Center). Students have also worked on research projects in the community at the Minnesota Department of Health and major health care systems such as Allina Health and the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center.

Recent graduates’ dissertations investigated topics such as:

  • The impact of sitting time and activity levels on the low back pain of employees in the service industry.
  • The cost burden of agricultural injuries in Minnesota.
  • The influence on job stress and job support on the mental health of National Guard service members returning from Iraq.
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