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2015 UTHSC-Rhodes Population Health Researcher Program


The UTHSC-Rhodes Population Health Researcher Program provides support for four Rhodes College students from a variety of majors/backgrounds to gain research experience by working with well-suited UTHSC faculty mentors each year. Students work over the summer (40 hrs/wk; 8-10 wks), followed by a semester-long internship (8 hrs/wk).

Population Health Researchers focus on health outcomes, their distribution within a group of individuals, and their connection to a diverse array of health determinants. These health determinants may include factors that are social (e.g. education, employment, culture), physical (e.g. built environment, air quality), genetic, or behavioral (smoking, exercise) as well as the policies and interventions that link determinants with outcomes.

If you are a UTHSC faculty member and conduct population health research, we encourage you to prepare a faculty profile for potential matching with a Rhodes summer student. Faculty profiles should contain: a recent copy of your biosketch (4 pages max), plus a ‘faculty profile’ containing the following:

  • narrative description of your current research area (1 paragraph)
  • brief summary of one or more research projects the student could work on (1-2 paragraphs)
  • description of expected duties & effort breakdown (e.g. data entry [10%], data cleaning [10%], SAS analysis [30%], writing papers [30%], meeting with patients and providers [20%]; 1 paragraph or bullets)
  • description of research ‘outputs’ that the student can expect to produce or assist in the production of (1 paragraph or bullets)

Note: Projects must have some sort of concrete output such as a report, presentation or paper. Projects that ultimately result in a publication opportunity for the student are desirable.

Interested faculty should send their profiles to Teresa Waters (twaters@uthsc.edu) by 5pm, December 19, 2014. You will be contacted with potential matches by February 27, 2015.