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Public Health Dissertation Proposal Examples

Formatting Notes:
  • Use Arial 11-point font, minimum 0.5 inch margins
  • Maximum 3 single-spaced pages for Sections II - VI
  • Maximum 0.5 single-spaced page for Section VII
  • Maximum 0.5 single-spaced page for Sections VIII-IX
  • Maximum 0.5 page for essential figures or tables.
Content Structure:
  1. Title Page: Project title, student's name, chair of committee, committee members, and date. If your committee is not yet formally constituted, indicate potential committee members you are considering, including a Chair, who must have been selected.
  2. Specific Aims: List the project's immediate goals in terms of hypotheses to be tested or research questions to be answered. If desired, the overall purpose of this line of investigation may be mentioned, in order to indicate the long-term importance of the specific information being sought through this study. This section must not exceed 1/2 page in length and often can be shorter.
  3. Background and Significance: Describe the scientific context for the study, briefly summarizing previous related research. This should NOT be an extensive literature review. Keep references to a minimum by citing only those that are most relevant. This section should focus on the gaps in knowledge that the proposed project will help to fill. It should not exceed 1/2 page in length.
  4. Methods: The format of this section may be tailored to meet the needs of the specific study being proposed. However, the following sub-headings usually apply, and their use is encouraged. This should be the longest section of the proposal.
  1. Study design: Define a) the study design, b) the primary exposures to be evaluated (or interventions to be implemented), c) how the primary exposures would be assessed and quantified (if applicable), d) outcomes to be assessed and their definition, and e) the key covariates and their definition.
  2. Study setting: Describe the location, organizational context, clinical site(s), or other setting in which the research would take place.
  3. Study subjects: Indicate the source(s) of study subjects, criteria for eligibility, and the anticipated number to be studied.
  4. Data collection: Describe the sources of key data items. When applicable, the sequence of data collection activities for a typical subject should be given. A diagram can be helpful when data will come from several sources or when multiple observations over time are to be obtained. If there are plans to monitor and assure data quality (such as duplicate data for some or all subjects, cross-checks of one data source against another), describe them briefly.
  5. Data analysis: Describe how the data will be organized to address each of the specific aims and/or hypotheses mentioned in Section A. Specify the statistical techniques to be used. Dummy tables or figures may be helpful.
  6. Study Power: Summarize the results of statistical power or sample-size calculations.
  1. Limitations: Briefly describe the most important limitations that are beyond your control (e.g., that have already been decided upon or implemented) that may affect the ability to test adequately the primary hypotheses, or that may influence your interpretation of the study results.
  2. Timeline: Provide an approximate timeline for completion of the project. Indicate the current status of the project, to include plans for: 1) funding; and 2) general exam.
  3. References: Provide citations to key literature references used in the proposal.
  4. Data Collection Requirement: Describe how the requirement of original data collection will be met by this project. (see the PhD Handbook for details of acceptable data collection.)
  5. Student's Role: Describe your role in the project (e.g., idea, funding, design, data collection, data management, analysis).
Submission Procedure:

Short proposal reviews will happen once each month

  1. Submit your short proposal as a Microsoft Word document to the Graduate Program Director (currently Nick Smith: nlsmith@uw.edu) by the first of the month in which you would like it to be reviewed.
  2. You will receive comments and suggested edits within 7-10 days.
  3. Within one week of receiving feedback from Nick Smith, make revisions as you see fit and upload a pdf of your edited proposal, listing your full committee and signed by you and your Chair, to the Catalyst dropbox.
  4. Your proposal will then be made available for faculty review for a 10-14 day period. (If your edits and submission are delayed more than a week, your proposal might be moved to the next month’s review period.)
  5. Following the review period, feedback, if any, will be provided to you and your committee chair.
  6. Please note: Once your committee and the Graduate Program Director have approved your short proposal and you have uploaded a signed version to this dropbox, then you may consider this requirement to be fulfilled (your proposal is considered to be “approved” by the Epi department at this time.) The faculty review process is simply an opportunity for faculty to see which projects our students are working on and possibly provide helpful comments. There is no need for students to slow activities on their dissertations during the faculty review process.

A student recently inquired me about the best source of finding public health dissertation topics. My reply: “You.” A dissertation topic should always be something that interests YOU. If your research question makes you inquisitive and you are eager to find its answer, you are on the right path.

Yet I can totally understand what that student really meant. For finding current research topics in public health (or any other field of study), the best source is always academic journals. It’s like visiting a book store to see the topics people writing about. It gives you inspiration and variety of ideas but it also tells you which wheel has already been invented and what is left for you work on.

If you are a public health student, you got lucky. The stress and confusion on that student’s face made me visit some important peer-reviewed academic journal to compile this list of research topics in public health and nutrition. Make good use of it.

List of Public health dissertation topics

Though it took me some time to find some good examples of research topics in Public health, but finally it's available for students who either pursuing an undergraduate degree or looking for research topics in public health for masters. In my opinion, this post can help you to come up with a topic of your interest or give you some random suggestions to follow and create the title from scratch for your dissertation on your own. In both cases, the post serves its purpose.

Public Health Access Issue in America: Constitutional challenges to Obamacare.

More Citizens Without a State: Quality of life of Rohangiya Immigrants in Bangladesh.

Have the declining trend of disability in USA continued? A National Survey Research.

The Gap between Parent’s Knowledge and Practice of Child Caring Strategies in Indian Slum Areas.

Are Villages Safe from AIDS? A study comparing prevalence, cause and treatment of HIV in urban and rural Areas of Kenya.

Estimation of the Environmental Determinant of Illness in Pakistan and Correction of Statistical Data on National Burden of Diseases Caused by Unhealthy Environment.

Can Environmental Pollution Affect Birthweight? Statistical evidences from national healthcare database in the Hong Kong.

Improving Public Health Awareness Program of Canada: Guidance on dealing with extreme cold weather conditions.

Collecting Data from Public for Public: Development and Evaluation of an Online Public Health Database in Kenya.

Demographic Profiling of High-Risk Population of Sexually Transmitted Diseases in France.

The Effect of Lifestyle Changes on Patients of Type 1 Diabetes: A Random Control Trial.

Individual Factors behind Road Traffic Severe Injuries and Death in Jiangsu Province, China.

Propagating and Sexualizing Women’s Smoking: Analysis of Multimedia content in Popular Fashion Magazines .

Does weight loss reduce hypertension: Determining the cut-off weight associated with risk of hypertension.

Safety of Sex Workers from HIV through oral drugs: Evidence from Ukraine.

Eating With Friends: The Risk Factors Associated with Sharing Lunch among School Children in India.

Kitchen Class: An Evaluative Research on a School-based Nutritional Intervention Program.

Economic Burden of Removing Trans-fat: A modelling study on Food Industry of Whales, UK.

Benefits and Risk Associated with Healthcare Applications among Young Teens.

Awareness of Papillomavirus amongst Primary Healthcare Providers: A Survey of Nurses, Doctors and Supportive Staff in a Private Hospital in England.

Using Mobile Technology for Public Health Education Programs: Evidences from Single-blinded Experimental Study in Sir Lanka.

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