Welcome to the Department of Public Health Sciences
A Message from the Chair, Ann Dozier, Ph.D.
Welcome to Public Health Sciences (PHS) at the University of Rochester Medical Center. We are a welcoming, dynamic group dedicated to the improvement of health and health care among diverse populations through research, learning, and community partnerships. Our faculty members engage in research activities across the lifespan from maternal-child health to long-term care. Our scientific inquiry uses a range of rigorous methodologies from high powered analytics to mixed methods.
Our educational offerings provide multiple alternatives. These include PhD programs in Epidemiology and Health Services Research, Master's programs in Public Health, Epidemiology, Clinical Investigation, and Health Services Research, and 6 Advanced Certificates in Epidemiology, Health Services Research, Biomedical Informatics, Public Health, and Regulatory Science. I invite you to explore our website to learn more about who we are and the services we offer.
Erin Campbell, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Clinical Public Health Sciences
What Does Your Research Focus On? My research focuses on how intensive nutrition interventions using plant-based diets might be used not just for prevention, but for treatment of chronic diseases. Our team at the Highland Nutrition in Medicine Research Center includes a chef who prepares meals for our study subjects to ease the transition while subjects learn the knowledge and skills for making long-term changes to improve their health in our interventions.
Why did you choose to do research in public and community health? In my training as a physician, I experienced both curiosity and frustration with the many factors that negatively impacted my patients’ health, but that were hard to address in the context of a brief clinic visit. I wanted to better understand health behaviors and do work that would be impactful at a population level, which led me to preventive medicine training.
What do you enjoy most about University of Rochester? My collaborations with other researchers and clinicians. I enjoy their enthusiasm, open-mindedness, and the depth and breadth of experience they bring to the studies we do together. I learn so much about both medicine and research.
What opportunities are there for students to engage in your projects, both current and future? I would encourage interested students to contact me to learn more about our studies. Depending on the student’s interest and time commitment, their engagement could range from a brief shadowing experience, to a data analysis or survey-based project, to designing and implementing their own project with mentorship.