Global Public Health

Exploring the complex cultural, social, political, economic, and environmental conditions, factors and pathways that affect health, health care, access, and quality of life around the world.

GPH Capstone Theses

Expand the accordions below for Capstone titles of GPH Alumni. 

Class of 2019

Student Name Title of Capstone Thesis
Alexus Harris Dental Caries Among Children in Rural and Border Communities in Texas. 
Allison Sullivan Maternal Mortality in African American Women in the United States. 
Allyson Sloan Addressing The Downward Spiral: Increasing Suicide Rates of White Males in the Rural United States. 
Brooke Albertson The Malnourished Obese: An Examination of Micronutrient Deficiencies in Obese New York Children. 
Caroline Beck Adverse Fetal Outcomes Among Non-Western Immigrant Women in Denmark. 
Christian Vagonis Mass Migration's Hidden Epidemic: Addressing the Behavioral and Mental Health Needs of Refugee Youth. 
Christopher Joly Access to Potable Water in the Philippines: Challenges and Solutions. 
Claire Saunders Influenza Vaccine Access in India. 
Daniel Xia A Crisis in the Chinese Healthcare System: Addressing the Shortage of Primary Care Physicians in China.
Elana Silverstein Killer Crisis: The Opioid Epidemic in America.
Elma Adusei Nigeria's Persisting Blight of Maternal Mortality. 
Emily Murphy An Unrecognized Neglected Tropical Disease: HTLV-1 in Rural Peru. 
Garrison McCray The Right to Breathe: A Political Analysis of Acute Asthma Symptoms in Venezuelan Children. 
Gavin Hanks The Healthcare Disparity in the Appalachian Region of the United States. 
Genna Alperin Mental Illness in Undocumented Latino Immigrants in the United States. 
Hannah Day "People talk of hope and wait for it to reveal itself.  For many, it is an elusive experience".  Suicide Among Adolescents and Young Adults in Inuit Nunangat, Canada.
Hannah Smith Food Insecurity in Urban America. 
Holly Miller Restoring Agency: HIV Trends and Prevention among South African Youth. 
Jasmine Jones Ending Maternal Mortality in Jamaica. 
Jessica Amick "Cut it Out!" Examining Causes and Solutions to the High Cesarean Section Rates in the U. S.
Jessica Pitkin Scaling Back: Moving from Reactive Treatment Towards Proactive Prevention by Implementing a Systems Approach to Pediatric Obesity. 
Jessica Zhang Addressing Child Malnutrition in the Dadaab Refugee Complex. 
Joseph Leonard Examining the Effects of Work Commute on Stress Among White Collar Employees and Identifying Policy Interventions. 
Joy Collins Yemen Torn Asunder: A Story of Climate Change, Conflict, & A Country in Crisis. 
Juliette Lash Tackling Food Insecurity in Kenya's Refugee Camps. 
Jullian Fleming HIV Among Females in South Africa. 
Katherine Becker Food Insecurity among Women in Malawi. 
Katherine Portillo Combating Child Malnutrition in Guatemala. 
Khoa Nguyen Old Town Road: Addressing Rural Healthcare Access in Peruvian Andes. 
Kibret Yohannes Interactions of Gender and Disease: Women and Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Kirsta Hackmeier The Path to Least Resistance: Preventing Antibiotic Resistance in Chinese Animal Agriculture. 
Ky Nguyen Agent Orange: America's Enduring Legacy in Vietnam. 
Lauryn Major Code Black: Addressing Maternal Mortality in African-American Women. 
Leah Salzano Invisible Scars: Addressing the Mental Health Effects of Sexual Violence in The Democratic Republic of the Congo. 
Lindsey Kirk Recent Suicide Trends of Low-Income Men in Rural America. 
Logan Brich Integrated Mental Healthcare Solutions within Arab Communities in Israel. 
Mackenzie Shannon Early Marriage of Girls in sub-Saharan Africa as a Public Health Concern. 
Mahnoor Khurshid When Lifestyle Becomes Lethal: The Growing Diabetes Epidemic in Pakistan. 
Margaret Clinard An Examination of Opioid Addiction and Intervention Strategies in White Males Living in Rural Areas of the United States. 
Marissa Jones Lower Quality of Care for Black Pregnant Women in the United States. 
Martha Anne Sperandio Charity Begins at Home:  A Growing Population of Orphans due to HIV/AIDS Deaths in South Africa. 
Matilda Francis Gonorrhea in Southern United States. 
Michael Jarosz Pollution-Linked Lung Cancer: The Silent Killer in Urban Environments. 
Mikayla Marraccini Prenatal Care in the Medicaid Population: An Analysis and Intervention Proposal. 
Molly Roberson Do No Harm? The Opioid Crisis among Women in Appalachia. 
Mona Bugaighis An Analysis of Social/Cultural Determinants of Adolescent Pregnancy in Nicaragua and Proposed Interventions.
Neeka Nazari Violence Against Young Women in South Africa. 
Nikki Ligo Lack of Sanitation for Women in India. 
Nisha Gupta Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis in Peru. 
Olivia Fanet Health Disparities in Maternal Mortality of African American Women in the United  States. 
Paolo Abiad Breaking Bonds - Addressing Mass Incarceration, Mental Health, & Minorities in the U.S. 
Piper Shifflet Lessons From Crisis and Health Systems Rebuilding: Sierra Leone and the Ebola Outbreak of 2014
Rachael Jackson Lack of Adherence to HIV Prevention Strategies in South Africa. 
Rana Abdel-Rahman From One Outbreak to Another: Hepatitis C in Egypt
Rebecca Soistmann Has Health Care for the Poor Become Poor Health Care?: Addressing Health Inequities to Better Health Outcomes for Homeless Persons. 
Ruhee Shah "A Fate Worse Than Death": Obstetric Fistula in India. 
Sabrina Lingeman HPV-Related Cervical Cancer in Undocumented Central American Migrants in the United States. 
Sarah Maclin A High Pressure Situation: Maternal Morality Due to Eclampsia in Haiti. 
Selena Moore Tackling Health Disparities in the United States: Addressing Low Prostate Cancer Screening Rates in African American Men. 
Shadelle Gregory Opioid Crisis in Mingo County, West Virginia. 
Sharavani Pore Addressing a Preventable Death: Maternal Morality in India. 
Sophie Binns The Chronicity of Violence. 
Taylor Watts  Cervical Cancer Awareness and Prevention in Mainland China. 
Wayland Good, Jr The Alcoholism Crisis in Uganda: Bringing Awareness to Alcohol Addiction as a Preventable Disease. 

Class of 2018

Student Name Title of Capstone Thesis
Alexis Graham Access to Primary Care in Rural Appalachia.
Alisha Gupta Public Health in the 21st Century: The Age of Depression and Anxiety. 
Allysen Kaminski Maternal Mortality: A Look at the Effects of Doula Integration, Black Female-Specific Community Health Centers, and Ethnic Competency Training on Black Female Health in the United States. 
Amber Colby Alcohol Dependence in Uganda.
Bintu Fofana One Foot in the Grave: A Review of Maternal Health and Mortality in Sierra Leone. 
Cailin Diberto The Syrian Civil War & Mental Health Disorders Among Children: Theory and Interventions. 
Caroline Snead A Hidden Public Health Crisis: Dental Caries in Mayan Guatemala & Proposed Interventions.
Cassidy Boomsma Humanizing Birth: Analysis of interventions Addressing Medically Unnecessary Caesarean Sections in South Africa. 
Connor McKee Breast vs. Formula: What Causes the Choice for Mexican Mothers of Low Socioeconomic Status. 
Cristalle Madray Breaking the Cycle: Child Sexual Abuse in Guyana, South America. 
Devan Kaufman Severe Maternal Morbidity in the Latinx Community. 
Domenic Crump African American Maternal Mortality: Why They Are Dying and How We Can Help.
Hannah Paige Rogers Prevention of Mother-to-Child-Transmission of HIV/AIDS in Zambia: Challenges and Interventions. 
Hannah Turley Falsified and Substandard Drugs in East Africa: Existence, Effects, and Future Efforts. 
Katherine Carr Respiratory Illness Among Children in the Dominican Republic. 
Kathleen Risk Barriers to Health Care Access for Mexican Immigrants in the United States: Causes and Interventions. 
Kathleen Todd Improving Female Mental Health in Nicaragua: Evaluating Root Causes and Intervention Possibilities. 
Lauren Welch The Sexually Transmitted Superbug: Reducing the Burden of Drug Resistant Gonorrhea in Ecuador. 
Lindsey Decker Preterm Birth Rates in America: An Analysis of Racial Disparities. 
Logan Haley Lack of Access to Primary Care in Niger: Problem and Intervention Theory.
Mavra Masood Why Do Mothers Die? Addressing Maternal Mortality in Pakistan. 
Maya Johnson Childhood Obesity: A Brazilian Burden. 
Nan Sowers Barriers to Access to Antenatal Care: Hispanic/Latina Adolescents in the United States. 
Oyebade Morenike Social Code vs. Genetic Code: Prevalence of Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 Diabetes in African-American Communities.
Paige Cozort Why are American Teens Still Getting Pregnant and What Can Be Done? 
Rachel McConaughy Infectious Diseases in Amazonian Peru: Natural and Social Environment Implications for Disease Transmission in Children. 
Rachel Schelling A Woman Walks Home Alone at Night….An Evaluation of Gender-Based Violence in Iran.
Rohan Sharma A House of Pills: Examining the Opioid Crisis and Possible Interventions. 
Sajan Sheth Mitigating the Prevalence of Diabetes in Indian Urban Areas. 
Sara  Curley The Malnourished American Girl: Anorexia Nervosa in Adolescents in the United States. 
Sarah Quettawala Former Child Soldiers in East African Countries: A Look at the Effects of Community Based Trauma-Therapy, Continued Education, and Psychosocial Support Programs on Mental Health Illnesses. 
Sedona  Hoppe-Brosse Poor Mental Health Outcomes Amongst Immigrants in Sweden: The Perils of Post-migration. 
Stephanie Davis Addressing the High Prevalence of Stunting Among Mayan Children in Guatemala. 
Takyiwaa Awuah Obesity in the Classroom. 
Tamir Abbasi Pneumonia Related Mortality in Children Under Five: South Africa
Taylor Puhl The Rising Burden of Cardiovascular Disease on the Zambian Populations: How Prevention for Adolescents Can Change the Future. 

Class of 2017

Student Name Title of Capstone Thesis
Andrea Myers Dietary Guidelines for Americans: The Development and Influence Behind a Nation's Nutrition Policy.
Andrew Fernandez Pharmaceutical Market Exclusivity and Competitive Generics: Generic Drug Delay and Strategies for Improved Entry. 
Brittany Hsieh Are We Doing Enough? An Analysis of How Well the University of Virginia is Providing Mental Health Services to its Student Body.
Collin Montgomery Evidence Based Healthcare Design: Maximizing Capacity for Cost-Effectiveness in Hospital Healing Gardens.
Dana Lueker Improving Maternal-Infant Health Among Aboriginal Australians.
Daniel Younger Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs and Their Role in Curbing the Opioid Crisis. 
David Silverman Quality Over Quantity: The Role of Family in Black Adolescents' Mental Health and Behaviors.
Eisha Jain Tuberculosis Crossing Borders: A Case Study of Israel to Inform Today's Refugee Crisis. 
Elena Price Exploring the Implementation of School Breakfast Programs in Mexico City to Encourage Healthy Weight in School Children and Address the Childhood Obesity Epidemic. 
Emily Cloyd A New Perspective on Non-Adherence: The Effect of Alcohol-ART Interactive Toxicity Beliefs on Adherence to Antiretroviral Therapy in South Africa and the United States
Geda Tola Disparities in Cancer Treatment and Survival in the United States, Canada, and the U.K. 
Hannah Eisenstein Labor Mobility and Credential Recognition: Targeting Employment Barriers to Improve Mental Health Outcomes for Refugees. 
Hunter Timm How Mental Healthcare Programs Help Reduce Criminal Recidivism in Persons with Serious Mental Illness.
Jennifer Kniss Maternal Mortality in Cameroon and Uganda: Challenges and Initiatives for a Brighter Future. 
Jennifer Oates Understanding HIV Health-Seeking Behaviors of High-Risk South African Populations: The Impact of Educational Programs and Cultural (Mis)conceptions.
Katharine Britton Effects of Legalization of Abortion on Women's Health in Mexico
Lee Siegle Migrant Healthcare in the United States: How the Lack of Healthcare Access for Mexican Farm Laborers Who Have Migrated to the United States Negatively Affects Health both in the United States and Mexico. 
Madeline McGovern Body Politic: The State's Influence on Women's Bodies and its Impact on Abortion Rates in Vietnam. 
Madeline Reinert Understanding Community Reentry for Formerly Incarcerated Populations with Mental Illness: A Review of Best Practices.
Mary Kate Skalitzky Athletes and Gender-Based Violence (GBV): A Review of the Correlation between GBV and Athletes & the Potential Pathways to Combat it. 
Rebecca Vang What Do They Bring to the Table? A Comparative look at School Lunch Policies in Japan, Denmark, and the United States. 
Ryan Orr Bringing Healthcare Access to Underserved Populations: How Telehealth Delivery in Virginia's Appalachia Stands to Serve the World. 
Samuel Kraus Public Health XXX: Determining the Crisis Status of Pornography Use in the United States. 
Seamus Vahey Comparing Communicable and Noncommunicable Disease Control in Humanitarian Crisis. 
Sundus Razzaq Access to Mental Health Services by Resettled Refugees in the U.S.: Identifying Barriers and Suggesting Interventions Strategies. 
William Pavlis Climate Change, Health, and Adaptation in Ethiopia: Impact Report and Policy Recommendations. 

Class of 2016

Student Name Title of Capstone Thesis
Abate Hiwot The Disparity in Ebola Outbreak Response in Sierra Leone & Nigeria.
Akif Shameem The Role of Nongovernmental Organizations on the Reduction of Childhood Mortality in Bangladesh between 1971 to 2015.
Amira Youssef Exploring the Medicalization of Female Genital Mutilation in Egypt.
Annie Wattenmaker  Contrasting Maternal Health in Sri Lanka & India: How India Can Improve Maternal Health After Decades of Neglect. 
Bansi Patel Cultural Nuances & Mental Health in Rural Indian Women & Implications for Healthcare Delivery.
Brogan Jones Indigenous Healthcare in Peru & Mexico: Improving Indigenous People's Access to Quality Healthcare.
Bryn Blanks The Impact of Rural Living on Maternal Health Outcomes in Guatemala.
Cailey Munana Food Insecurity & the Nutrition Transition in the United States & Low-Income Countries. 
Ciara Hutchison Faith, Morality & the Sickness that Ends in Death: Pentecostal Christianity & HIV in Africa. 
Claire Bischoff The Effect of Global Climate Change on the Spread of West Nile Virus in the United States.
Courtney Rogers Building Appropriate & Sustainable University-Community Partnerships with Historically Marginalized Populations.
Emily Romano Growing Old in the U.S.: Exploring the Practical Implementation of World Health Organization Recommendations for Healthy Ageing in the U.S. 
Grace Tuttle Substance Abuse in the Appalachian Region & The Navajo Nation & Potential Whole-Person & Community-Based Innovations.
Helen Dawson Advantage of Community-Level Initiatives in Treating HIV in India: Dealing with Stigmatization & Discrimination
Kylie Chase Focus on the Formula Frenzy & Its Implications in the Most Populous & Fastest Growing Country on the Globe: China. 
Lauren Russell Global Oral Health: The Burden of Dental Caries in Low-Income Populations.
Madelaine Shiff Mental Healthcare Structures in the Eastern Mediterranean Region: Current Systems & Recommendations for the Future. 
Maha Hassan  Improving the Status of Maternal health in Morocco
Matthew Cafarella  Innovations from Abroad: Ideas to Promote Healthcare Improvement. 
Nuhame Mulgara  From Chains to Treatment: An Analysis of Mental Health Care in Sub-Saharan Africa, Nigeria & Uganda. 
Samantha Thurber A New Site of Reproductive Oppression: Sexual Abuse & the Reproductive Health of Migrant Female Farmworkers in the U.S. 
Sarah Gillespie Analysis of Collaborative Quality Efforts in Ethiopian Hospitals, A Case Study of EHMI.
Sarah Heaps Improving the Health of Children with Disabilities in South Africa.
Siobhan Perks Health Concerns Associated with Return Migration from the United States to Mexico.