Our faculty members have a wide range of research interests. These topics focus on reducing health and cancer disparities, and involve specific or multiple stages of the cancer care continuum.


The study of data interpretation generated in public health research.

Cancer Genetics & Genomics

The study of assessing cancer risk of patients and family members in order to offer strategies to help reduce future risk of disease.

Cancer Prevention

Generating ideas for scientific study and developing new research methods to conduct intervention trials, population studies, and projects to apply positive research results in the real world and, overall, reduce the cancer burden.

Chronic Disease Prevention

The study of causes and effects related to common morbidly trends and how to lessen the burden of such trends.

Community-Based Participatory Research

A collaborative, equitable approach to research that includes the community members, organizational members and researchers.

Comparative Effectiveness

The direct comparison of existing health care interventions to determine which work best for which patients and which pose the greatest benefits and harms.


The study of health in populations to understand the causes and patterns of health and illness.

Health Disparities

The study of differences between population groups specific to the health and healthcare of individuals.

Health Economics and Econometrics

The study of issues related to efficiency, effectiveness and behavior in the production and consumption of health.

Health Literacy and Communication

Studying the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process and understand the basic health information needed to make appropriate health decisions, and how that impacts their health.

Public Health

The science of protecting and improving the health of families and communities through promotion of healthy lifestyles, research for disease and injury prevention and detection and control of infectious diseases.

CDC Foundation. 2016. Retrieved from http://www.cdcfoundation.org/content/what-public-health ».
Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. 2016. Retrieved from http://health.gov/communication/ ».