Date of Graduation

Summer 8-27-2014

Document Type

Project/Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)

College/School

School of Nursing and Health Professions

Abstract

The Great Valley Center seeks to promote the social, economic, and environmental well-being of California's Central Valley. UC Merced's Health Sciences Research Institute (HSRI) was established in 2012 to engage in collaborative, multidisciplinary research with a community emphasis in order to rapidly develop, test, and disseminate new ways to improve health. To address the numerous health disparities present in the San Joaquin Valley, HSRI began working toward the development of a regional Translational Research Center, to allow San Joaquin Valley residents access to the latest and most effective interventions and translate findings into community actions. The attached paper is a summary of a 300-hour fieldwork experience, completed through a partnership between HSRI and the Great Valley Center. The work presented encompasses the beginning steps of the Center's development, including planning, fund-seeking, community outreach, research, and methodology development. It also provides evidence on how the fieldwork experience fulfilled Master of Public Health program competencies, core competencies, and cross-cutting/interdisciplinary competencies as defined by the Council on Education for Public Health.

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