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Dr. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, MPH '05
Professor of Epidemiology, University of Washington

Real World Application of Public Health Skills and Training

When you enroll at the Yale School of Public Health, you'll hear a lot about the internship and applied practice experience practicum requirements. These immersive experiences are carefully planned, supported and evaluated by our practice and career management staff. Both experiences provide robust opportunities for the real-world application of public health knowledge and skills and support your career goals. Many students report inspiring, life changing experiences from their time around the world and in local settings. Your internship may fulfill the applied practice experience requirement, but if not, there are multiple practicum courses from which you can choose that will provide the hands-on public health practice training required for your MPH degree.

Student Research

Contributing to science is important to many of our students and opportunities for research abound at Yale. Many students use their summer internship to do research that culminates in the MPH thesis required by this department. Others work with faculty labs and research teams to access data and formulate their analysis. In addition many students work as research assistants at the Yale School of Public Health, Yale School of Medicine, Yale New Haven Hospital or the VA on faculty research, culminating in peer review publications.

Applied Practice Experience and the Internship

Sample practicum projects

  • Develop training modules for domestic violence agencies about PrEP while conducting data collection pre- and post-training sessions to understand the efficacy of the modules for The Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
  • Conduct community outreach for cancer prevention and a needs assessment for cancer patients utilizing virtual services while providing support during online workshops. Results of the outreach and assessment were utilized by BOLD (Bronx Oncology Living Daily) to increase virtual delivery of their programming during the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Process weekly COVID-19 data to be utilized in presentations for the community, a dashboard for city use, and during a live question and answer session over Facebook Live for the City of Middletown.
  • Interdisciplinary Spatial Informatics for Global Health (INSIGHT) Lab, University of Ottawa: Tick and Lyme Disease Surveillance in the Greater Ottawa Area
  • Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs/US Naval War College/YSPH: Local response to COVID-19: Interaction between Public Health and Governance
  • Sean's Legacy: Health Communications for LGBTQ+ youth; Systematic Literature Review
  • Mahidol University's Center of Excellence in Research on Gender, Sexuality, and Health: An exploration of Thai physicians’ perspectives on and willingness to prescribe Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis
  • Emerging Infections Program: Foodborne disease surveillance
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Recent Thesis Topics


  • Assessing the Influence of Individualism VS. Collectivism at the National Level on Government Response Measures to COVID-19
  • Determining Polymorphisms in TNF Production as They Relate to Infection with EBOV
  • Changes to Worship and Perceptions of the COVID-19 Pandemic by Religion in the US
  • Developing a Framework for Civilian-Military Public Health Operations Involving Non-State Armed Groups
  • Determining the Relationship Between SARS-CoV-2 Infection and Streptococcus Pneumoniae in Clinical Saliva Samples
  • Longitudinal Serological Responses to SARS CoV-2 in Healthcare Workers
  • Exploring Thai Physicians’ Perceptions of and Willingness to Prescribe Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)
  • Was New York City a Source of Global SARS-CoV-2 Spread?
  • Evaluation of a pilot modified SBIRT strategy to scale-up opioid agonist therapy utilization in Moldovan prisons
  • Utilizing COVID-19 Models in Humanitarian Crisis Settings
  • Sexual Orientation Disclosure and Depression among Thailand Men Who Have Sex with Men: Associations with Intimate Partner Violence and Social Support
  • Analyzing the Restriction of Mass Gatherings and School Closures/Reopening in China and Iran during the COVID-19 Pandemic with a Public Health Ethics Framework
  • Why Not Here? An Examination of Statewide Hospital Use Among Patients with IDU-Associated Diagnoses and Procedures in Lawrence and Lowell MA, 2005-2019
  • The Epidemiology of COVID-19 Hospitalizations in Connecticut, July – December 2020
  • The Utility of a Maximum Entropy Species Distribution Model for Ixodes scapularis in Predicting the Public Health Risk of Lyme Disease in Ontario, Canada
  • Gastrointestinal Microbiome Disruption and Antibiotic-Associated Diarrhea in Children Receiving Antibiotic Therapy for Community-Acquired Pneumonia
  • Vector-host Interactions of Culex pipiens Mosquitoes and Their Role in Arbovirus Transmission in the Mid-Atlantic United States
  • Transmission Dynamics of COVID-19 under Differential Levels of Masking and Vaccination
  • The Impact of COVID-19 on Backyard Poultry-associated Salmonella in Connecticut
  • Impact of Serial Point Prevalence COVID-19 Testing on Severe Disease Outcomes in Connecticut Nursing Home Residents
  • Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices Concerning Breast Cancer, Cervical Cancer and Screening Among Healthcare Professionals and Students in Mogadishu, Somalia
  • Without a Trace: Is Technology the Next Stage in Contact Tracing’s Evolution?
  • Assessing Changes in the Epidemiology of Cutaneous Leishmaniasis in Southwest Colombia Following the Peace Accord with Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC)
  • Impact of Health Care Access on Delayed or Missed Adolescent Vaccinations for Tdap, Meningococcal and HPV Vaccines among U.S. Adolescents, NIS-Teen 2018
  • Public Health Ethics Education at Schools of Public Health in China
  • The Role of Histone Demethylase KDM6A in Mouse Coronavirus Infection
  • Unmasking America's Reaction to Face Masks: A Review of the Literature
  • Racial and Ethnic Disparities in COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy among a Diverse Community-based Population in Connecticut


  • Borrelia Miyamotoi and Borrelia Burgdorferi Seroprevalence in New England
  • Screening for Legionnaires’ Disease: A Predictive Model for Improving Health and Economic Outcomes
  • Drug Use and Severe Outcomes among Patients Hospitalized with Influenza Over Three Seasons
  • Evidence-Based Interventions for Antimicrobial Resistance in Conflict-Afflicted LMICs
  • Human Granulocytic Anaplasmosis in Connecticut, 2014-2019: An Analysis of Surveillance Data and Future Recommendations
  • Evaluation of Connecticut medical providers concordance with 2017 IDSA/SHEA Clostridioides difficile treatment guidelines in New Haven County, 2017-2019
  • HIV Testing During Antenatal Care in Eastern & Southern Africa: How do Adolescents and Young Women Fare?
  • The Impact of Medicaid Expansion on Childhood Vaccination Rates, 2010-2018
  • Patterns of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Infection in Female Teenagers in Buri Ram and Udon Thani, Thailand: A Secondary Data Analysis
  • Geospatial Analysis of Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis in Santiago de Cali, Colombia
  • Measuring TB Stigma in Kampala, Uganda
  • A Prospective Cohort Study to Evaluate the Efficacy of a Peer-Led Tuberculosis Education and Counseling Intervention in Kampala, Uganda
  • Effect of Antiretroviral Drug Dolutegravir on Mitochondrial Function
  • Phylogeographic Insights into Zika virus in Puerto Rico
  • Use of Shotgun Metagenomic Sequencing to Determine how the Human Gut Microbiome and Antibiotic Resistome Influence the Risk of Recurrent Clostridioides Difficile Infection
  • The HIV Care Continuum and Barriers to Viral Suppression Among Men who Have Sex with Men in Greater Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Assessing the Functional Impact of PfRh5 Genetic Diversity on Erythrocyte Invasion Pathway Utilization in Plasmodium falciparum
  • Molecular Epidemiology of Hookworm Infection in the Ashanti Region, Ghana
  • Vaccine Coverage and Perceived Barriers to Vaccination among Syrian Refugees in Lebanon that Utilize Primary Health Care Centers supported by International Medical Corps (IMC)
  • Economic Loss Evaluation of Salmonella Outbreaks in Connecticut
  • Informing Drug Policy: Antimalarial Drug Resistance Molecular Marker Surveillance in Tanzania
  • Creating an Antibody Digestive Curve in Cx. Quinquefasciatus Mosquitoes
  • Household Risk Factors for Malaria among Children under 10 in Southwest Burkina Faso
  • An Impact Evaluation of the Rollout of the Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine in Uttar Pradesh State, India. 2017-2019
  • Neighborhood and Environmental Factors and the Relationship to the Willingness to Use and Actual Uptake of Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Uptake, a Rapid Scoping Review
  • Investigating the Community-level Variation in Hookworm Prevalence in the KPANDAI District, Ghana: A Mixed-methods Study
  • Antimicrobial Resistance and Molecular Epidemiology of Escherichia coli Isolated from Urban and Rural River Systems
  • A Literature Review of Current Tuberculosis Prophylaxis Strategies for PLHIV in Namibia
  • Eastern Equine Encephalitis Amplification and Spillover in New England
  • Evaluation of Pilot Methadone Treatment Programs for Inmates with Opioid Use Disorder in Connecticut Jails, 2014-2018


  • A Review on Antibiotic Stewardship in Pediatric Primary Care
  • Analysis of Entomological Surveillance Data to Predict West Nile Virus Cases in Connecticut
  • Association between Engagement in a Community-based Home Visitation Program and Birth Spacing between First and Second Children
  • Average Time to Negativity of New Alere Ultra-sensitive Rapid Diagnostic Test After Treatment for Malaria
  • Climate Change and the Seroprevalence of Borrelia burgdorferi and Babesia microti Over 25 Years on Block Island, Rhode Island
  • Cost-effectiveness Analysis of School Closure as a Mitigation Strategy during Pandemic Influenza
  • Declines in Human Papillomavirus (HPV) – Associated High-Grade Cervical Neoplasia by Sociodemographic Factors After Introduction of HPV Vaccines in Connecticut, USA 2008-2017
  • Dynamics of Pathogen Co-infection and Rickettsia Endosymbionts in Ixodes scapularis (Acari: Ixodidae) in Connecticut
  • Evaluating Clostridioides difficile Infection (CDI) Risk Factors by Comparing the Use of Piperacillin/Tazobactam, Cefepime, and Ceftazidime
  • Evaluation of the LTBI Cascade of Care at the Winchester Chest Clinic
  • Functional Implications of Genetic Variation in Plasmodium falciparum Vaccine Candidate: VAR2CSA
  • Geospatial Analysis of High-Grade Cervical Lesions to Address Health Disparities
  • HIV-Syphilis Co-infection Among MSM in Malaysia
  • How Gut Microbial Metabolites Contribute to Inter-individual Variability in Drug Response
  • Identifying Interactions Between Chikungunya Virus and Aedes Aegypti Salivary Gland Proteins
  • Influenza Hospitalizations and Census Tract SES in CT 2013-2018
  • Intensive Case Finding for Tuberculosis & HIV Integrated with Non-Communicable Diseases: Strategies for Reaching Vulnerable Populations in Msinga Municipality, South Africa
  • Persistence of Ebola Virus in Survivors & Risks of Sexual Transmission: A Systematic Review
  • Predictors of Incomplete Evaluation Among Pediatric Household Contacts of Pulmonary Tuberculosis Patients in Kampala, Uganda: A Secondary Analysis
  • Prevalence of Asymptomatic Malaria among Children in Kumasi, Ghana
  • Prion Epidemiology and the NPDPSC’s Experience with RT-QuIC
  • Quantifying Influenza Exposure within Hospitals and Nursing Homes
  • Quantifying the Burden of Contact Precautions of Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) in Hospital Settings
  • Risk factors for Guillain-Barre Syndrome following Zika virus infection, Puerto Rico, 2016
  • Role of Sewage Drainage on Contamination with Pathogenic Leptospira in the Urban Slum Environment
  • Safety of OPAT in older versus younger adults
  • Single-cell Transcriptomics in the Protozoan Parasite Trypanosoma brucei during Acquisition of Infectivity
  • Spatiotemporal Investigation of Opioid-Involved Fatalities in Connecticut, 2009-2017
  • State Vaccination Policies and Coverage for Adolescent Vaccines in the United States, 2017
  • Substance Use Among Incarcerated Individuals Living with HIV in Jakarta, Indonesia
  • TB Knowledge and Outcomes in a Routine Care Setting in Kampala, Uganda
  • The Effects of Rurality and Cost of Transportation on Time of Evolution and Disease Complexity at Diagnosis for Cutaneous Leishmaniasis in Colombia
  • The Estimation of Age, Period and Cohort Effects for Lung Cancer
  • The Role of Lig Proteins on the Immunity Against Leptospirosis
  • Time Series Analysis for Effect of Vaccines on Pneumonia or Gastrointestinal Disorders in Brazil
  • Understanding How Displacement Affects HIV Prevalence Among Displaced Populations- a Scoping Review
  • Using Host Response for Respiratory Virus Discovery and Surveillance