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.
Faculty Focus: Scott McIntosh, Ph.D.
- What is your research focus?
I have been Principal Investigator of an NIH-funded R01 and Co-Investigator of multiple tobacco cessation randomized controlled trials and initiatives. As Co-Director of the Smoking Research Program, current and previous tobacco control initiatives have included: RCTs; State-Funded health system training contracts (CTFFL, COE, CEI); pilot studies and collaborations.
My research and project work focuses on “technology assisted behavioral change”: telephone quitline coaching; web assisted tobacco intervention (WATI); and facilitating clinician behavior change such as guideline-based tobacco dependence screening and treatment, and a variety of other clinical behaviors in a variety of settings: medical health systems; behavioral health systems; maternal & child health; diet & physical activity; prevention of type 2 diabetes domestic & global projects.
- Why did you choose to do research in public and community health?
I worked in a college research lab with a mentor who did smoking cessation trials, followed by graduate research work (Masters and PhD) concerned with substance abuse in the context of social ecological systems (family, health care, peers, legal, religious, school, and culture). Years later, that mentor connected me with Deborah Ossip in Public Health Sciences, so I was able to return to a focus on tobacco dependence treatment research.
- What do you enjoy most about University of Rochester?
Collaborative opportunities; rich culture for multi-disciplinary team science.
- What opportunities are there for students to engage in your projects, both current and future?
We have data sets from many studies across a wide variety of behavioral health concerns and populations.
Learn More about Dr. McIntosh's Research