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Research & Mentorship

Mentorship matters.

The UGA College of Public Health is home to a committed and collaborative research culture that understands the crucial role that faculty play in the success of students.

The diversity in research undertaken at CPH, as well as the wide-breath of expertise among our faculty, offers opportunities for students to pursue research in areas of public health that interest them at home and abroad.

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Have a specific question about research and mentorship at the UGA College of Public Health?

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The reason I went into this line of work was really to work directly with students. I love teaching. I love the mentoring aspect. My students are always teaching me new things, and I'm always learning how to be a better instructor, and honestly, also just a better citizen from my students. I get inspired by them because of the way that I teach my classes, which is to have real world applied projects built into the curriculum.

The College of Public Health has a very broad scope of research activities. And what we do is to open the doors for students to actually work with us. They raise questions that actually expand the horizon of the research that we are doing. For example, some of our students have ended up working at CDC here in Atlanta, but some have actually have gone to Colombia and tracking new emerging diseases or addressing rabies in Asia. So it is only the opportunity to do research within the walls of the UGA is just opening horizons around the world.

We take introductory classes, which introduce us to the five areas in public health. And so that's really good exposure to all the areas. I came in knowing that I had an interest in child and maternal health, but as I took the classes and I understood more research and talked to more faculty, then that led me more into the direction that I'm going.

My research interest relates to gerontology and specifically how aging populations can be better served by health systems that meet their needs. So I was able to seek out those professors and mentors that could enable me to take on those challenges and figure out exactly what research could look like for my projects.

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