The College of Public Health and Human Sciences makes significant contributions to the advancement of scientific knowledge and its application. Our goal is to develop a holistic understanding of the health of individuals and populations and create feasible approaches to solving current and emerging public health and societal problems. We study individuals across the life course; focus on health equity and addressing health disparities; and conduct both basic and applied research, as well as research on the translation of public health programs to real-world settings.

Research contact

S. Marie Harvey
Associate Dean for Research
and Graduate Programs
Distinguished Professor of Public Health
(Contact info and profile page)

 

FY 2016 Research Update

Faculty in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences received $18,889,667 in awards, grants and contracts during FY ’16.

Below are examples of newly awarded research projects that reflect our values and commitment to embracing innovative approaches, conducting community-based research with diverse populations, promoting interdisciplinary collaboration and integrating students. These projects will impact population health in communities across Oregon and beyond.
 
Significant grants in 2016 include:

  • Translating Oral-HIV Testing to Low Income, Low Literacy Youth in Tanzania, a $648,264 study led by PI and Professor Joe Catania, is funded by NIH/NICHD
  • Deciphering the Function of Naturally Occurring Peptides in Human Milk, a $741,016 study led by PI and Assistant Professor David Dallas, is funded by NIH/NICHD.
  • Personal Environmental Exposure Assessment Using Wristbands for Epidemiological Studies in Disadvantaged Communities, a $2,308,639 study led by PIs Assistant Professor Laurel Kincl, and Professor Kim Anderson (OSU CAS EMT), is funded by NIH NIEHS.
  • Red Light, Purple Light!  Developing a Self-Regulation Intervention for Children at Risk for School Difficulty, a $1.5M study led by PI and Professor Megan McClelland, is funded by U.S. Department of Education.
  • Developing a Measure of Self-Regulation for Children at Risk for School Difficulty, a $1,599,500 study led by PI and Professor Megan McClelland, is funded by U.S. Department of Education.
  • How Much is Enough?  Enhancing the Precision of Team Injury Estimates using Detailed Athletic Exposure Information, a $148,327 study led by PI and Assistant Professor Marc Norcross, is funded by Pac-12 Conference.
  • Regulation of the Mitochondrial Proteome by Autophagy During Insulin Resistance, a $534,998 study led by PI and Assistant Professor Matthew Robinson, is funded by NIH/NIDDK.
  • Space Flight-Induced Changes in Non-Shivering Thermogenesis and Effects of Bone in Mice, a $148,702 study led by PI and Professor Russell Turner, is funded by NASA.
  • Oregon Cannabis Research Task Force, a $81,761 study led by PI and Clinical Associate Professor Karen Volmar, is funded by Oregon Health Authority.
  • Emergency Department Psychiatric Boarding Study for Oregon, a $119,732 study led by PI and Assistant Professor Jangho Yoon, is funded by Oregon Health Authority.

 

Signature Research Areas

Our signature research areas, both current and emerging, span the expertise and disciplines of the faculty in our college and include:

  • Optimal health through nutrition and physical activity
  • Predictors and consequences of chronic diseases and the promotion of healthy behaviors
  • Healthy developmental processes and transitions across the lifespan
  • Health systems reform and health policy
  • Impact of environmental and occupational hazards on human health

 

 

Research Labs

The college boasts a wide variety of research laboratory settings.

 

Research Seminars

Get information about upcoming college seminars and watch archived video of select past seminars on our seminar page.

 

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Our college and the university offer multiple paths to engage students in Undergraduate Research in both social science and bench science settings. Engaging in these programs allows students to apply their coursework and build their resumes to become more competitive in both the job market and for graduate school admissions.

 

Grant Application Resources

The grant application resources page provides resources to support our faculty in developing grant applications.

 

Synergies News Magazine

Synergies online is a news source produced by the College of Public Health and Human Sciences.