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Dissertation Topics In Healthcare Education

Student: Jaklyn Andrews
Thesis: Exploring the Sexual Health of Transgendered Youth in Nova Scotia.
Supervisor: Gahagan

Student: Kelly Fenn
Thesis: Moving Evidence into Action: A Qualitative Approach to Understanding Knowledge Translation as Experienced by Psychosocial Cancer Researchers.
Supervisor: Robinson

Student: Katina Garduno
Thesis: What Do Pregnant Women Know about Oral Health during Pregnancy and What Are the Barriers They Experience to Maintaining Their Oral Health?
Supervisor: Robinson

Student: Ashley Goodberry
Thesis: Older Adults' Experiences of the Move into an Independent Living Facility: Transition Experience and Perceptions of Home.
Supervisor: Hutchinson

Student: Meagan Hasek-Watt
Thesis: "But You're Young?": Exploring the Lived Experiences of Young Women Living with Inflammatory Arthritis in Atlantic Canada.
Supervisor: Hutchinson

Student: Karen Joblin
Thesis: The Good, the Bad & the Bald: A Look at the Interpersonal Relationships of Young Adult Cancer Survivors.
Supervisor: Robinson

Student: Candace Lys
Thesis: Coming of Age: How Young Women in the Northwest Territories Understand Barriers and Facilitators to Positive, Empowered, and Safer Sexual Health.
Supervisor: Loppie/Jackson

Student: Janice Matthews
Thesis: Can reading a magazine story de-stigmatize mental illness?
Supervisor: Robinson

Student: Jennifer Mason
Thesis: Understanding Depression: Aboriginal Women's Conceptualizations, Experiences and Resources.
Supervisor: Loppie/Putnam

Student: Jessie Sheppard
Thesis: It's Good Once You Get There: Young Rural Women's Experiences with Accessing Specialized Health Care.
Supervisor: Jackson

Student: Jamie Szabo
Thesis: Exploring Rural Adolescents' Perceptions: The Role of Key Social Influences, Access, and Availability on Food Choices and Eating Behaviours.
Supervisor: Jackson/Kirk

Student: Yvonne Tul
Thesis: Yoga for Chronic Pain Management: Exploring the Lived Experience of an Eight-week Yoga Program.
Supervisor: Unruh/Dick

A thesis is required for all students completing the Vanderbilt MPH Program. It is a substantive and original body of work that allows students to synthesize and integrate knowledge from their public health course work and practicum experiences, apply it to a particular topic area, and communicate their ideas and findings through a scholarly written product. The thesis represents the culmination of the student’s educational experience in the Vanderbilt MPH Program. 

The thesis may take on different formats, depending on the student’s track focus and interests. Regardless of the format chosen, the student must apply critical thought, systematic analysis, and clear presentation. 

Each student is responsible for identifying a topic and appropriate format for their thesis with the assistance and guidance of faculty advisors and faculty thesis readers.

The practicum product must be distinct from the thesis. Although the practicum and thesis can be related, the student must be able to articulate how the two projects are independent from one another. The practicum is a practice experience that allows students to apply and develop skills in public health concepts. The thesis is the synthesis and integration of knowledge acquired in coursework and through the practicum and results in an original scholarly work.