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At NYU’s College of Global Public Health, there are a dozen dynamic centers, labs, initiatives and programs in which students can immerse themselves and delve deeper in topics of specific interest and secure unparalleled opportunities to interact with faculty, classmates and subject experts. While all require application and acceptance to take part, each is unique, offering mentorship, collaboration and a chance to hone skills and pursue areas of interest in innovative, action-based learning settings.

ACCESS Lab Principal Investigator:Beverly-Xaviera Watkins, MD, PhD, Interim Chair and Clinical Associate Professor of Global Public Health, Department of Environmental Public Health Sciences, NYU College of Global Public Health

The ACCESS Lab is dedicated to developing innovative methods for engaging diverse, hard-to reach, socio-economically disadvantaged, under-represented vulnerable populations in public health research. We are currently seeking to add 6 members to our lab for a total of 10 members.

The ACCESS lab fosters community-engaged research partnerships between CGPH scientists and diverse community stakeholders under the aegis of the NYU CGPH standing Community Steering Committee, CSC, which is comprised of the Executive Directors of community gatekeeper community-based organizations, CBOs that serve predominately African-American, Hispanic, Latino, Asian-American, and Native American residents in five local medically underserved communities in the tri-state area -- in Brooklyn (Families United for Racial and Economic Equality, FUREE), the South Bronx (Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice, YMPJ), the Lower East Side (Good Old Lower East Side, GOLES), Chinatown (Chinese Progressive Association, CPA) and Mahwah New Jersey, (Ramapough Lunaape Nation Turtle Clan).

Through our CBO partners, lab members work closely with stakeholders including local leaders, and elected officials to collaboratively shape and implement community-based interventions designed to share health information and get local residents more involved in health screening, treatment and research initiatives. ACCESS lab members help to build the capacity of local residents to make informed health decisions, and increase trust in CGPH research.

Examples of current research include (but are not limited to):

  • National Institute on Aging, NIA-funded evaluation of an volunteer program for older adults
  • Patient-centered Outcomes Research Institute, PCORI-funded community engagement project on sleep apnea
  • Patient-centered Outcomes Research Institute, PCORI-funded community engagement project on development of an ACCESS web platform
  • Samuels Foundation-funded Healthy Aging Program in the Lower East Side
  • National Institute on Environmental Health Sciences, NIEHS-funded Community Outreach and Engagement Core
  • National Institute on Minority Health Disparities, NIMHD-funded study on Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Provost’s Office Sponsored development of a global health educational and research partnership in Argentina
  • Cultural Competency in the Physician-Provider Encounter in partnership with Advocate Community Providers, ACP

Internship Description and Requirements

Interns will have an opportunity to:

  • Gain community-engaged research experience
  • Develop research skills related to database design, data collection and analysis
  • Participate in a wide array of community-based initiatives
  • Co-author manuscripts, IRB applications, and conference presentations
  • Develop independent projects (undergraduate/masters thesis)
  • Use specific skills sets (graphic design; language translation)
  • Obtain Internship credit OR volunteer
  • Interns paid or voluntary may be eligible for paid positions in the future

Application Process: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning in September

To apply, please submit the following to CV; Any academic writing sample (no more than 4 pages, can be partial); Cover letter describing your interests, relevant experience.



Faculty Facilitator: Chris Dickey, DrPH, MBA

Dr. Dickey developed and leads the Applied Global Health and Development Lab at CGPH, which has 20 current members and has resulted in internships with the World Health
Organization (WHO), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and UNICEF for more than 25 PhD, MPH, and undergraduate students. Lab members work on projects like: universal health coverage policy (for WHO); a new data-driven decision support tool (for UNICEF); supply chain and logistics analysis (for the UN Commission on Life Saving Commodities); social network and knowledge management analyses (for UNICEF); public health entrepreneurial ventures; and the development of online public health programs. The lab meets every Friday on campus to troubleshoot roadblocks, exchange ideas, and discuss opportunities.

Faculty Facilitator: Danie Ompad, PhD, MPH

The Center for Drug Use and HIV Research (CDUHR) is an interdisciplinary research center that focuses on public health issues related to HIV, hepatitis C, and drug use.  There are four institutions affiliated with CDUHR: New York University; Mount Sinai Health System; NDRI, Inc.; and John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY.

The mission of CDUHR is to end the HIV and HCV epidemics in drug using populations and their communities by conducting transdisciplinary research and disseminating its findings to inform programmatic, policy, and grass roots initiatives at the local, state, national and global levels.

CDUHR accomplishes this mission through an infrastructure created to develop and enhance research with the following objectives:

  • Contribute to knowledge about HIV and HCV epidemics;
  • Develop, implement and evaluate interventions that have an impact on them;
  • Disseminate findings through multiple venues to inform evidence-based practices and policies; and
  • Train new researchers across scientific disciplines

CDUHR is organized into five Cores, an Administrative Core and four Research Support Cores: (1) Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Theory, (2) Transdisciplinary Research Methods, (3) Dissemination and Implementation, and (4) Pilot Projects and Mentoring.

CDUHR is funded by a grant from the National Institute on Drug Use – Grant Number: P30DA011041.

Internship Description and Requirements:

For 2016, we are looking for interns for the Dissemination and Implementation Core.  Dissemination research is the “systematic study of how the targeted distribution of information and intervention materials to a specific public health audience can be successfully executed so that increased spread of knowledge about the evidence-based public health interventions achieves greater use and impact of the intervention.”(1)

Interns are being sought to assist in the implementation of CDUHR’s dissemination plan.

Specifically, interns will work with CDUHR investigators and staff to:

  • Collect and organize dissemination metrics for CDUHR investigator’s peer-reviewed publications from 1998 to the present,
  •  Investigate automated metric collection approaches,
  • Assist in the development of CDUHR Fact Sheets to summarize findings from research of CDUHR-affiliated investigators for those working in the field,
  • Develop infographics to communicate CDUHR research to the general public, and
  • Develop content for CDUHR’s social media efforts.

Benefits of a CDUHR dissemination internship:

  • Learn about implementation science and dissemination research;
  • Become familiar with PubMed, Web of Science, and other citation databases;
  • Learn about HIV, hepatitis C, and drug use through interaction with world-renown investigators;
  • Develop the skills for translating scientific articles into materials to inform the efforts of those working at the front lines of public health as well as the general public.


  • 10-20 hours per week
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Experience with internet data mining techniques a plus, but not necessary
  • Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to apply

Application Process:

To apply, please send a one-page cover letter briefly describing your skills and interests and your resume or CV to Dr. Danielle C. Ompad (  No phone calls.


Contact Person:


[1] Schillinger D. An Introduction to Effectiveness, Dissemination and Implementation Research. In: Fleisher P, Goldstein E, eds. University of California San Francisco: Clinical Translational Science Institute Community Engagement Program; 2010.


Faculty Facilitators: Perry Halkitis, PhD, MPH, Director and Dr. Farzana Kapadia, PhD, MPH, Co-Director

The Center for Health, Identity, Behavior & Prevention Studies (CHIBPS) advances research and knowledge to improve the lives of those affected with or by HIV, substance abuse and mental health burden through the rigorous application of social science and public health research paradigms.  The team at CHIBPS envisions, develops, and enacts research with and for the communities we study. CHIBPS is a leading HIV, substance abuse, and mental health, behavior research center that is focused on the well-being of all people, including sexual, racial, ethnic and cultural minorities and other marginalized populations. CHIBPS train the future generation of behavioral and public health researchers and work with community partners to conduct research that resides on the hyphen between theory and practice.  There are numerous ongoing studies including Project P18, a cohort study which examines the health risk and resiliencies of sexual minority men as they emerge into adulthood, as well as the biological, behavioral and structural drivers of these health states (NIDA); P18-Viral a study of HPV and HSV infection in sexual minority men, including the identification of HPV vaccination rates and infection with cancer-causing strains of HPV (NIAAA); a study of PrEP update in male sex workers in Kenya with Healthright (Mac AIDS Foundation and Elton John Foundation); a mixed methods study of healthcare access and utilization in sexual minority men (NY State AIDS Institute); an investigation of gender identity formation in transgender women; and study of the use of GPS technologies to understand the influence of context on heath or sexual minority men with Dustin Duncan (NIDA).

Lab Facilitators: Stephen P. Wall, Joseph Ravenell and Patricio Castillo

EMPEI is a section of the Consortium for Research and Evaluation of Advanced Technologies in Education. EMPEI is located at the NYU School of Medicine, with faculty partners at the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development and the CUNY Graduate Center. Research Assistants are needed for studies examining the impact of multimedia education methods designed to inform patients, in culturally sensitive ways, about their medical problems and risk for illness.

If interested please contact Patricio Castillo, EMPEI lab manager at:

Research Assistants will have an opportunity to:

  • Gain research experience before graduate/medical school etc. 
  • Earn letters of recommendation 
  • Develop skills related to data collection and analysis 
  • Recruit and run participants 
  • Co-author manuscripts and conference presentations 
  • Develop independent projects (undergraduate/masters thesis, etc.) 
  • Use specific skills sets (graphic design; language translation; etc.) 
  • Receive course credit (if applicable) 

Examples of current multimedia research topics include:  

  • Encouraging organ donation for Latinos and blacks who visit barbershops and beauty salons
  • Capacity training for physicians and public health researchers in West Africa
  • Navigating underserved populations to health centers for colorectal cancer screening 
  • Improving hypertension control among blacks and Latinos 
  • Community based screening for diabetes and improved glycemic control for black men 

We are also interested in anyone with the following skills:

  • Graphic design 
  • Website design 
  • Spanish fluency 
  • Video editing 
  • Sound editing 
  • Transcription 
  • Qualitative research and interviewing

Faculty Facilitator: Dr. Veronica Ades, MD, MPH

The EMPOWER Clinic and the EMPOWER Lab were created by Dr. Ades, who has extensive experience working with vulnerable populations and conflict-affected women. The EMPOWER (Engage/Motivate/Protect/Organize/self Worth/Educate/Respect) Clinic was founded in February 2013 and is one of the few clinics nationwide designed to meet the gynecologic, medical, and mental health needs of survivors of sex trafficking and sexual violence. The EMPOWER Lab was developed to work in conjunction with the EMPOWER Clinic and is a student and faculty research group which explores topics like reproductive health needs within vulnerable populations, gender empowerment, sexual and gender-based violence, maternal morbidity and mortality, and other global women’s health issues. The current lab is comprised of undergraduate, graduate public health and medical students with a variety of personal and academic backgrounds who collaborate on teams to conduct research and advocacy on the various lab projects under Dr. Ades’ mentorship and supervision.

Lab Facilitator:  Elodie Ghedin, PhD, MS, 

The focus of our laboratory is on defining genomic characteristics of human parasites and other pathogens. Our research is multidisciplinary and draws upon the tools of genomics, molecular virology, and computational biology. Projects include the study of influenza virus evolution and emergence, the analysis of the microbiome and mycobiome (fungal microbiota) associated with the pathogenesis of lung obstruction and emphysema in HIV patients, and the characterization of endosymbiotic interactions between filarial worms and Wolbachia.


The research focus in the Ghedin laboratory is on defining genomic characteristics of human parasites and other pathogens. Our research is multidisciplinary and draws upon the tools of genomics, molecular virology, and computational biology.

Projects: include the study of influenza virus evolution and emergence, the analysis of the microbiome and mycobiome (fungal microbiota) associated with the pathogenesis of lung obstruction and emphysema in HIV patients, and the characterization of endosymbiotic interactions between filarial worms and Wolbachia.


View a selection of published research on the publications page.


Faculty Facilitator: Peter Navario, PhD (Economics), MPH

HealthRight International is a global health and human rights organization that partners with
NYU’s CGPH with the aim of building lasting access to health for excluded communities, 
employing a human rights-based approach and working closely with community partners to improve local capacity and advance the inclusivity of health systems. HealthRight interns assist Dr. Navario and the program directors with all tasks associated with developing and
implementing programs, including identifying grant opportunities, drafting and submitting new
grant proposals, reporting on current grants, collecting and analyzing data, promoting
HealthRight’s mission and achievements, advocating for the rights of marginalized
communities, and assisting with special projects.

Faculty Facilitator: Rumi Chunara, PhD (Health, Sciences and Technology) 

The overarching goal of The Chunara Lab’s research is to improve our knowledge of how and why infectious and noncommunicable diseases spread in populations. In order to do this, we harness data from sources outside traditional healthcare institutions, and develops

computational methodology for using these observational data sources. Major research 
methods used include: Information retrieval, spatio-temporal analyses, data mining, machine
learning and epidemiological methods for new data sources.

Faculty Facilitator: Tom Kirchner, PhD, MS

As a Clinical Associate Professor of Global Public Health at NYU and founding director of a new NYU mobile health or "mHealth" research initiative - Dr. Kirchner is establishing a Mapping Corps at NYU with the assistance of a team of undergraduates, graduates and post-graduate students to explore geospatial systems, technology, research, and community advocacy using mHealth tools. Students will learn to apply these tools as part of his course offerings, to better understand how to leverage the power of their cell phone to collect data about their own neighborhoods and experiences, including exposure to different risks and resources most don't realize they come into contact with every day.

NYU mHeath Initiative will be inviting students to participate in our “MapCorps” project. Members of the MapCorps will have the opportunity to learn how to use their phone and/or the Internet to add data about NYU neighborhoods to our online mapping system. Members will contribute to decisions about what areas of the city to focus on and what kinds of community data to collect.

Participants will have the opportunity to:

·Develop skills related to data collection and analysis

·Recruit and enroll research subjects

·Co-author manuscripts and conference presentations

·Develop independent projects (undergraduate / masters thesis, etc)

·Develop specialized skills; e.g., experience implementing algorithms that characterize individual mobility patterns and their link to GIS points-of-interest.

Depending on skills and interest students can also get involved with the development of systems for distributed human computation (a kind of “crowdsourcing”) to extract data from POV “streetview” and mobile photographs of urban environments.

All you need is curiosity and excitement to learn about new technologies and research methods for public health research and practice.

Members of our team have opportunities to learn more about the following software tools: Stata / R / Python / ArcGIS / QGIS / CartoDB / GitHub.


Lab Facilitator: Carlos Chirinos, Director, (MA Anthropology, MMus Ethnomusicology, PhD Development Studies candidate), with CGPH Advisor, Julia Cartright

About The Lab

From the influential work of John Lennon to promote global peace to the active role of Bono in advocating against poverty in the developing world, music artists have played a critical role in fundraising and mobilizing communities for social change.

The NYU Music and Social Change Lab is a hub to investigate, create and incubate social enterprises, technologies and sustainable music businesses that promote economic development and social change

The MSCLab supports innovative ideas that use MUSIC to address some of the world’s most pressing issues. We believe music is the most powerful means of communication and holds the key to mobilize communities for social good.

MISSION: To foster and incubate innovative music projects to promote, advocate, and raise awareness about social issues, working with NYU students, faculty and a Global network of non-profit and private organizations.

The Lab is:

  • A hub to develop social enterprises that use music and media to drive Social Change
  • A space to explore the role of music celebrities in mobilizing communities for Global Development
  • A space to analyze music economies as drivers of sustainable economic development in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East

Our Areas of work include:

  • International development fundraising and advocacy: from Live Aid to Global Citizen.
  • Media advocacy for public health communication: from HIV AIDS Songs to: Ebola Hip Hop.
  • Music as an engine of economic development of cities: the impact of live music on the “night economy” and tourism.
  • The social and economic role of the music and media industries in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia.



Faculty Facilitator: Andrew Goodman, MD, PhD

The Population Health Innovation Lab is a new effort at the College of Global Public Health to promote the widespread implementation of effective but underutilized policies, practices and programs to improve health, prevent disease, and reduce health inequities.

This domestic-oriented project aims to promote a broader understanding of the public health approach to improving the health of populations in the U.S. and assist the growing number of organizations interested in applying population health approaches to improving health status, including government, healthcare systems, unions, employers, community organizations and others.

The Lab conducts policy analyses and aims to provide organizations technical assistance and implementation support such as strategic planning, program design, organizational capacity building, communications, and evaluation. Students and faculty will work together in the Lab to develop innovative approaches to help stakeholders achieve their population health goals.


Applied Population Health Lab Description

Interns will have the opportunity to:

  • Conduct literature reviews
  • Analyze the impact of current and proposed policies and prepare policy briefs
  • Develop and apply specific skill sets such as report preparation, strategic planning, evaluation, and graphic design
  • Earn letters of recommendation
  • Participate in community and workplace projects (pending organization requests)
  • Examples of current topics and activities:
  • Conduct literature reviews on cutting edge trends in population health strategies including collective impact, wellness trusts, accountable communities for health and community benefit plans
  • Gather information about the implementation status and impact of innovative population health projects
  • Develop presentations on population health approaches, benefits, and impacts
  • Assist worksite wellness and community programs in assessments, program delivery and evaluation (pending)
  • Time commitment and Compensation
  • Minimum of 8 hours per week
  • These are unpaid, part-time positions

To apply, please submit the following documents to Andy Goodman, MD, MPH at

  • Cover letter describing your interests and any relevant experience (one page)
  • Resume/CV
  • Academic writing sample (no more than 3 pages)

Faculty Facilitator: Dr. David Abramson

Dr. Abramson has built a number of unique courses designed just for public health scholars, including “Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response - A Global Perspective” (GU-2345), and “Disasters, Complex Systems, and the Social Ecology of Health” (GU-2260). Using a number of disaster case studies, students analyze ecological and infrastructural systems as well as the role of social and behavioral determinants of health in disaster policy, practice, and research.

The premise underlying Dr. Abramson’s research program - PiR2 - is the application of social science theory and methodology to complex population health issues associated with disaster-related or stressor-related recovery and resiliency.

His Data Lab leverages the power of a number of his disaster studies: the NIH-funded longitudinal Gulf Coast Child and Family Health (G-CAFH) study of Katrina survivors; the Women’s and Their Children’s Health (WaTCH) study, an NIEHS-funded study exploring the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on children’s health in the Gulf Coast region; the Gulf Coast Population Impact Project, a foundation-funded effort exploring the individual and social impact of collective disaster stressors on children and families; and the longitudinal 1,000-household Sandy Child and Family Health Study, a representative population study of the hurricane’s effect on the population of New Jersey.

The acronym of his program, PiR2, uses the analogy of the equation describing the area of a circle for his work exploring community resilience and recovery: “You can measure any size circle with the formula PiR2,” notes Dr. Abramson, “and encompass everything within it. That is our goal with our disaster science, too – to measure recovery and resiliency within any size community, and account for all the social, economic, and cultural variation within it.”

In addition to his research efforts, Dr. Abramson and his PiR2 group run a research-to-action project, the SHOREline youth empowerment project. SHOREline is a project-based learning initiative active in Gulf Coast and NYC high schools, designed to foster skills, hope, and opportunities among disaster-affected helping youth recover from disaster.”


Lab Facilitator: Jennifer Pomerantz, JD, MPH

Research initiatives focus on informing policy to support public health. Specific issues we will address include public health policy related to products that cause harm (e.g., tobacco, alcohol, food, firearms), social justice-related public health issues, and creating a living environment that supports public health. Our objective is to provide policymakers and organizations in the U.S. and global community with empirically-supported guidance on policies that aim to improve public health.

I currently have 8 undergraduates in the lab and we are no longer accepting applications for the Fall term.  

Lab Facilitator: Dr. Laurie Zephyrin

The Reproductive Health and Health Systems (R2HS) Lab is a student and faculty research and policy group which focuses on enhancing systems thinking in reproductive health. The Lab designs, tests, and implements reproductive health innovations across systems and addresses women’s health and wellness across the life course from a health systems perspective. The R2HS lab will explore research, policies, and programs to optimize reproductive health and health care delivery for women across health systems. The R2HS Lab will focus on health systems and incorporate needs of special populations such as vulnerable women and women veterans. Dr. Laurie Zephyrin has extensive experience at the health system level nationally and globally and is experienced in translating research into policy and programs and developing innovations, policy and strategies to enhance the health and health care of vulnerable populations

Examples of current R2HS Lab topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Enhancing systems thinking in reproductive health
  • Health systems approach to preventing maternal deaths and disease
  • Preconception Health and Wellness innovations
  • Reproductive Health Policy and system level implementation
  • Investigating issues regarding women veterans’ reproductive health
  • Systems implementation and maternal health in veterans

Faculty Facilitators:  Bernadette Boden-Albala, DrPH, MPH and Nina Parikh, PhD, MPH

The Division of Social Epidemiology in the College of Global Public Health at New York University operates under the belief that social, as well as biological processes shape the health of populations and communities. Social epidemiology is distinguished by explicitly investigating the ways in which one’s surroundings, including social, cultural, psychological, political, and economic circumstances interact to create and/or prevent health, disease, and well-being, rather than treating such determinants as mere background to biomedical phenomena. Dr. Bernadette Boden-Albala leads the Division and is Principal Investigator on several large grant from the National Institutes of Health focused on designing intervention strategies for prevention and preparedness of stroke and vascular risk factor reduction, as well as examining social determinants of stroke and cardiovascular disease.

Dr. Bernadette Boden-Albala and Dr. Nina Parikh created the Social Epidemiology and Research in Community Health (SEARCH) program that is housed within the Division of Social Epidemiology. SEARCH fosters student-faculty research partnerships and provides students with qualitative, quantitative, and research administrative experience. SEARCH members (undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students) gain valuable research experience, earn letters of recommendations, develop key skills related to data collection and analysis, recruit and assist in clinical trials, assist in creating conference presentations, assist in development and writing manuscripts for publications, and advance independent projects. SEARCH is proud to support a current recipient of the Dean’s Undergraduate Research Fund (DURF), a prestigious NYU scholarship to conduct independent research projects.

Faculty Facilitator: Dr. Marie Bragg, PhD

As Director of the Socio-Economic Evaluation of Dietary Decisions Program (SeedProgram), 
Dr. Bragg conducts research on environmental and social factors associated with obesity, food
marketing, food policy, and health disparities. According to Dr. Bragg, researchers have
demonstrated that food companies create a “health halo” around foods that might otherwise
be perceived as unhealthy. The Seed Program has conducted web-based studies that examine how people react to products based on what information or health claims are placed on the package; how adolescents perceive racially/ethnically-targeted food and non-alcoholic
beverage marketing; the effects of food and beverages endorsed by celebrities and athletes;
and studies that examine the nutritional quality of food and beverages endorsed by popular
music celebrities and athletes. The implications of Dr. Bragg’s research have been used to
support public policy such as the Healthy Happy Meals Bill and the Sodium Warning Label.

Faculty Facilitator: Dustin Duncan, ScD

As a Social and Spatial Epidemiologist, Dr. Duncan and members of his Spatial Epidemiology
Lab study what makes neighborhoods tick, and how the unique characteristics of built and
social environments can impact health in both positive and negative ways locally and globally.

Current studies are taking place in New York City and Paris, France. Dr. Duncan is keen to the role that neighborhoods can have detrimental and sometimes crippling effects on population. As a Social and Spatial Epidemiologist, Dr. Duncan and members of his Spatial Epidemiology Lab study what makes neighborhoods tick, and how the unique characteristics of built and social environments can impact health in both positive and negative ways locally and globally. Current studies are taking place in New York City and Paris, France. Dr. Duncan is keen to the role that neighborhoods can have detrimental and sometimes crippling effects on population health, in the forms of obesity, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, drug abuse and HIV/AIDS.

Faculty Facilitators: Joyce O’Connor, DrPH, MA, RD  and Marina Thomas

The Technology-Enhanced Education Lab engages with graduate and undergraduate student
interns to work collaboratively with the CGPH Director of Advanced Certificate in Public Health and CGPH’s Instructional Technologists and faculty to develop and adapting courses, programs and research projects to utilize digital resources to support the educational goals of CGPH and NYU. Successful applicants gain practical, real-world public health experience in curriculum development, planning and implementation of pedagogical strategies and hand-on application of instructional resources that utilize contemporary technologies and data sets to enhance teaching and learning; letter of recommendation, potential publications, and recognition for their efforts. Students will work with faculty and staff to develop, and effectively use digital content, tools, or related processes and procedures to help foster a high quality digital educational experience at NYU. They gain hands on experience using NYU’s LMS system (NYU Classes), and become familiar with best practices for applying instructional technologies to curriculum design for global public health. 

This includes curriculum development; best practices in student-focused learning
methodologies; knowledge of web accessibility; software development; website and graphic
design; implementation of educational technology tools; communication and writing skills;
enhanced knowledge in epidemiology, biostatistics, health economics, community health and research and data management.

Faculty Facilitators: Cheryl Healton, DrPH, Donna Shelley, MD, MPH, Scott Sherman, MD,MPH, and Michael Weitzman, MD

Students involved with the Tobacco Lab engage in a variety of projects and study multiple aspects of tobacco use, including epidemiology, interventions, and marketing, as well as learn crucial research skills, such as grant writing, literature reviews, and analysis strategies. As this lab has multiple PIs, students have the opportunity to learn about a large range of topics, which the lab facilitates by hosting weekly presentations where PIs or students discuss their research and share their experiences. 

Ongoing projects include Dr. Donna Shelley’s work with NYC Treats Tobacco, where research assistants meet with legislators to discuss the importance of tobacco control. Additionally, Dr. Shelley guides work on a pilot study called “Opt2Quit,” which encourages smokers to connect with the NY State Quitline.

Dr. Paul Krebs works with his students on multiple projects, ranging from grant development, to studying how Twitter and social media platforms spread information about e-cigarettes, to promoting smoking cessation through text messaging. Additionally, students have conducted work on reviewing the literature to describe smoking in HIV patients.

Research assistants are working with Dr. Donna Vallone to study male Asian American smokers, a group underrepresented in research.

Additionally, Dr. Michael Weitzman is working with students to evaluate the smoking habits and knowledge of alternative tobacco products among dental students, dental hygiene students, and post graduate dental students at the NYU College of Dentistry. Students will conduct an online survey, analyze the results, and develop a manuscript to describe their findings.

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