Describe growing understandings and achievements over the first year of study at the UW as they reflect progress toward meeting the objectives.
I decided on graduate school as a means to learn new skills and gain knowledge to enhance and build on my 27 years of experience as a dietitian, working with older adults in the community. My expectation is that with an MPH, I will be able to pursue a broader scope of practice within other populations, and in a variety of settings beyond the non-profit organizational model, with which I am most familiar. In the long-term, I plan to work within, or create, an organization that addresses policy, program and evaluation needs of the community.
My objectives include the following:
Achieve a solid, up-to-date scientific base of knowledge regarding determinants and physiological mechanisms involved in the diseases of greatest public health interest
Become increasingly knowledgeable of the role of nutrition and specific nutrients in the etiology and treatment of diseases and conditions, especially those of greatest public health interest
Learn how to conduct scientific literature reviews and to critically evaluate scientific papers
Learn about policies which impact access, quality and cost of food and nutrition services
Learn about evidence-based nutrition and physical activity policies and interventions which are designed to address major public health issues
Learn about existing methods and models, appropriate for use in evaluating community programs and services
Design and apply appropriate methods of evaluation for programs and/or policy
Explore unmet needs for public health practitioners "of the future" to fill
Gain an increased understanding of the relationships between the public health and medical systems in the United States, in hope of helping to bridge the gaps in the future
Develop a meaningful thesis project that has the potential to inform effective community intervention...