"The joy I have found in research and evaluation stems from my passion for creating positive change."

-Kelsey Ross, '15 ~ Community Health Education

Research is an important part of the CHHS. From the discovery and exploration of new ideas to the evaluation of the effectiveness of a community-based program, research can take many forms. Undergraduate and graduate students benefit from getting involved with research by gaining experience, learning about diverse groups of people they might work with in the future (e.g., aging adults, cancer patients, at-risk youth) and preparing for graduate school.

Faculty members across the college engage in a variety of research projects using varied practices. Many faculty members conduct applied research aimed to address a particular health issue in society. Some topics of interest include obesity prevention, healthy aging, military health, coastal health and holistic health.

Students interested in research can get involved three different ways: enrolling in a directed independent study (DIS), deciding to pursue an honor's project or applying for the Center for the Support of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CSURF) program. Details can be found here.