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Epidemiology MPH Alumni Capstones

Fall 2008

· The Magnitude of Health Care Resource Utilization by Medicare Beneficiaries with Heart Failure: A Focus on Number of Physicians Providing and Ordering Care


Spring 2009

· Health Behaviors Associated with Overweight/Obesity in Children

· The Association Between Physical Activity, Mental Health and Quality of Life: A Population-Based Study

· Potential Inorganic Arsenic Exposure from Geogenic Contributions to Airborne Particulate Matter in Arid Rural Areas

· Perinatal Periods of Risk Analysis of African-American Fetal-Infant Mortality in Aurora, Colorado, 2003 to 2007


Summer 2009

· The Epidemiology of Laboratory-confirmed Campylobacter Infections in Colorado, 2000-2008


Fall 2009

· Gonorrhea Cluster Detection Using Population Based Enhanced Surveillance Methods Among the Colorado STD Surveillance Network (SSuN)

· Impact of a Nationwide Training Program for Neonatal Resuscitation in the People’s Republic of China

· Effects of Public Sex Environments on HIV Risk Behavior Among MSM of Color Who Do and Do not Identify as Gay

· Retrospective Descriptive Analysis of Characteristics of Children in Foster Care


Spring 2010

· Epidemiology of Laboratory-confirmed Salmonella Infections in Colorado, 2001-2008

· Usefulness of the Unipedal Stance Test in Screening for Fall Risk Among Adults Participating in the Peak Wellness Program at Tri-County Health Department

· Risk Factors for the Development of Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia in Preterm Infants: An Interim Analysis

· Outcomes of Childhood Obesity Treatment in the GoodLIFE Clinic

· Trends in Hospitalizations Due to Community-Acquired Gastroenteritis in the United States, 1996 - 2006

· Parental Views of School-Based Vaccine Delivery

· The Effect of 2008-09 Seasonal Influenza Vaccination on Pandemic H1N1 Infection in Children

· Comparing the Rapid Influenza Test to the RT-PCR Test for Detection of the Novel Influenza H1N1 Virus

· Comparison of Electronic vs. Paper Based H1N1 Vaccine Records

· Survival Analysis of Women Screened and Diagnosed with Breast Cancer Through the Women’s Wellness Connection (WWC) Before and After the Treatment Act of 2002

· Health Disparities in Colorado: What Can We Learn from Geographic Information Systems?

· Comparative Outcomes of Pediatric Osteomyelitis and Septic Arthritis Treated with Intravenous or Oral Antibiotics as Determined by Culture Result


Summer 2010

· Smoking tobacco and Pain in Multiple Sclerosis: a Cross-sectional NARCOMS Registry Study

· Evaluating Alternative Data Sources: Filling Data Gaps

· Canine Leptospirosis Within Colorado A Retrospective Study from 2005-2009


Fall 2010

· Abnormal Vital Signs, Rapid Response and Adverse Outcomes in Hospitalized Patients

· Equine Rabies in the United States, 1990-2008

· Effectiveness of Phone Plus Mail Outreach for Population Based Colorectal Cancer Screening

· Spatial Distribution of Costs Related to Hospitalizations Involving Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in the State of Colorado

· Birth Prevalence of Oral Clefts in Rural Colorado Communities Near Natural Gas Operations


Spring 2011

· Pregnancy-Associated Breast Cancer in Young Women: Identifying Clinical Characteristics & Survival Outcomes

· Spatial Distribution of Neisseria Gonorrhoeae in Colorado, 2008-2009

· Evaluation of Yearly Average Particulate Matter and Presence of Rheumatoid Arthritis- Related Autoantibodies

· Danger on the Job: Risk Factors for Workplace Homicide and Suicide

· Laboratory-Confirmed Escherichia coli  Infections in Colorado (2000-2009)

· Antenatal Sedentary Behavior: Investigating the Detrimental Effects on Postpartum Depression

· Breast and Colorectal Cancer Screening Practices in Cancer Survivors and Their Relatives

· Evaluation of Glutaric Acidemia, Type 1: Newborn Screen Cases versus

· Adiposity and Fat Patterning among Diverse Youth: The EPOCH Study (Exploring Perinatal Outcomes among Children)

· Trends in the Birth Prevalence of Cystic Fibrosis in Colorado 1983 to 2010

· Conversations About Cancer: Understanding and Improving Psychological Impacts for Patients, Family Members and Their Relationships Through Cancer Journeys

· Effectiveness and Safety of Transcervical Administration of Digoxin to Induce Fetal Demise Prior to Second-Trimester Abortion

· Evaluation of Denver Metro Area Invasive MRSA Infections

· Review of Work-Related Hospitalizations in Colorado, 2004-2009

· Prevalence of Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus in Multiple Sclerosis Patients compared to Controls: a Cross-Sectional Study

· Evaluating the Efficacy of the Heart Wise Education Program for Women in Jefferson County, Colorado

· Influences on Having a Primary Care Provider: Findings from the 2010 San Luis Valley Community Health Survey


 Summer 2011

· Five-Year Surveillance of Foodborne/Enteric Illnesses Jefferson County, CO, 2005 to 2009

· Correlates of IV Cholera Treatment at a Remote Clinic in Seguin, Haiti

· Risk of HIV Infection among a Cohort Tested for Gonorrhea


Fall 2011

· Improving an Employee Weight Loss Program with Frequent Telephone-Based Motivational Interviews

· Planning for a New Center for Food Safety and the Prevention of Foodborne Disease

· Spatial Apportionment of Personal PM2.5 Exposure in Childhood Asthma

· An Analysis of the Distribution and Determinants of Maternal and Infant Mortality in Guatemala


Spring 2012

· Hepatitis C Trends at Colorado Hepatitis C Counseling and Testing Sites, 2008-2010

· Substance Use Disorder and Health Care Utilization

· Determinants of Health Care Access in La Plata and Archuleta Counties

· Public Health Surveillance in Tanzania: From  Mobile Phones to the Cloud

· The Association Between PPAR-y Pro12Ala Genotype and Cognitive Decline

· Weight Gain During Pregnancy: Denver County, 2010

· Examination of Early Childhood Caries and Obesity in Disadvantaged Three-Year Old Children

· Predictors of IUD Initiation in Adolescents

· Occupational Poison Exposures Reported to a Poison Center Helpline, Colorado, 2000-2010


Summer 2012

· Evaluation of a Technology-Enhanced Intervention to Increase Teens' Use of Effective Contraception and Sexual Health Services through an Ecological Framework

· Investing Unexpectedly High Influenza-Related Infant Hospitalizations in the 2003-2004 Flu Season

· The Effect of Repeat Teenage Pregnancy and Short Inter-Pregnancy Interval on Pregnancy Complications and Neonatal Outcomes

· Genetic and Epigenetic Factors in the Progression of Superficial Bladder Cancer

· Evaluation of Animal Bite Surveillance—Tri-County Health Department, Colorado, 2011

· The Yearly Distribution of Sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease in Colorado and Its Possible Association with Chronic Wasting Disease


Fall 2012

· Assessing the Effect of a Behavioral Intervention to Change Intentions, Perceived Risk, Knowledge, and Barriers to Colonoscopy Screening

· Cancer & Poverty – Colorado, 2006-2010

· Clinicians and Numbers

· The Value in Demographic Data; Descriptive Epidemiology of Socio-demographic Data in Jefferson County, Colorado

· Project JOINTS: Compliance and its Effects on the Rate of Surgical Site Infections

· Jump for Life: Proposed Pilot Study of an Office-Based Tool to Increase Physical Activity in Children

· Inflammatory Cytokines in Preterm Infants with Respiratory Failure

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