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Poor birth outcomes and infant mortality are major public health problems in North Carolina and around the world. Use this case example to help you start exploring which public health department is the one for you.
Student Interest Area
Possible Departments for You
Designing, implementing and evaluating research-tested public health programs.
I’m interested in improving birth outcomes among HIV+ women in sub-Saharan Africa through interventions that the community really wants and that will make a measurable difference.
Understanding causes of disease and mortality. Strong focus on social determinants and methods. Developing and applying statistical methods and analyses to help solve public health problems.
I’d like to learn from those who have identified causes of poor birth outcomes (epidemiology) or have developed, tested, and led in the scale-up of new methods for analyzing “big data” about poor birth outcomes (biostatistics).
Developing solutions that involve the interface between people and the environment.
I spent two years in the Peace Corps in India focused on sanitation and hygiene in a rural community in Maharashtra. Thousands of children under age five in India die every year from diarrheal diseases. Aren’t there less expensive, ideally water-free, solutions to improving sanitation and hygiene?
This is a major focus of environmental sciences and engineering, which may offer the education and experiences you’re looking for.
Improving health services in North Carolina and around the world.
I’m a pediatrician in a North Carolina community hospital. I would like to better understand public health approaches to preventing poor birth outcomes in our state. I would also like to know about strategies for leading, and making the business case for, an effort to reduce poor birth outcomes.