Other programs tend to focus on one type of
methodology whereas the Applied Health Research and Evaluation
program really exposes students to a lot of different kinds of methods so you leave with the skills to evaluate difference
types of research studies or community programs so it’s not the best method ever it’s the
best method for the situation and so you can evaluate those situations when you leave here
and apply what you’ve learned It’s classroom based, you get to work with
your professors but you’re also out in the field
what’s really fascinating about this program is that it takes into account both the qualitative
and quantitative aspects of health research and you’re taking that and you’re able to
apply it to a real-world situation and in ways that are actually useful to the community
at large This extra level of education and exploring
opportunities this is something that you generally don’t get in a master’s level program
it’s going to empower me and the people I work with to make appropriate decisions and
be able to justify those decisions I’m able to go out and collect primary data
so I talk to participants in a research study and collect information from them
I’ve also been involved in projects where we’re using secondary data and just looking
at answering and investigating health indicators or research topics within that data
It is an intensive program; it requires a lot of hard work but I was able to start a
family while I was in this program and I will say that I had a tremendous amount of support
from the faculty and staff they wanted me to succeed Enthusiasm and love for what you’re doing tends to trickle over into maybe what other
people would consider personal time I truly love what I’m doing; It’s not work
anymore It’s, you know, on a spectrum of personal
work time …type of thing… …you can cut that “type of thing” out…

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