Research in the Department of Public Health
The Department faculty conducts research to improve the delivery of health care in this country and around the world and collaborates with colleagues to develop and evaluate programs for preventing and treating illness.
Our current research agenda focuses on measuring and assuring quality of care and patient safety, the assessment of medical practices and technologies, cost containment and the best allocation of scarce health care resources, rational planning for public health emergencies, ethical issues in research and in emerging health care issues, prevention program aimed at adolescents and the organization of the health care delivery system.
Projects also focus on analyzing outcomes and effectiveness of medical devices, analyzing the cost-effectiveness of HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C treatment, investigating the benefits of disease screening and prevention, and developing computerized models to plan for bioterrorism, pandemics, and natural disasters. Current studies also aim to implement adolescent drug abuse prevention programs and to better understand gender, cultural, and socioeconomic aspects of health promotion and disease prevention.
The Laitman Clinical Scholars Program, funded by Nanette Laitman and the Medical College, supports clinical research in four areas of Public Health: Prevention in the area of women’s health, Clinical Evaluation, Community Health, and Quality of Care Research.
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