Graduate Programs in Community Health
“With my research I facilitate peer-developed and peer-delivered exercise programs for individuals with multiple sclerosis. My goals are to provide access to exercise opportunities in a way that allows for greater autonomy, increased social support and reduced apprehension regarding disability.”
“My primary area of research involves exploring factors which impact ethnic disparities in rehabilitation outcomes within the state/federal rehabilitation system in the United States. In particular, I am interested in the effective development, interpretation, and implementation/enforcement of rehabilitation policy that is culturally relevant for minorities with disabilities. I pursue these areas of inquiry because of the association between success within the rehabilitation service network and minorities’ overall functionality, employment, and psychosocial adjustment following onset of chronic illness or occurrence of severe injury.”
“I conduct research to understand the contributing factors to the obesity epidemic. Based on my study findings, decision makers and stakeholders can design and implement evidence-based policies to effectively combat obesity.”
“My research focuses on evaluating the dissemination and implementation of policies and programs for older adults. This work informs policy makers and promotes the development of better programs to improve the lives of older adults.”
“I conduct theory/model-driven studies of three main research themes—health promotion, psychosocial adjustment to disability and chronic illness, and social participation. These research studies are important to understand how people with disability and chronic illness live healthy, meaningful, and productive lives; to know why they have barriers and challenges when pursuing physical, mental, and social well-being; and to learn how to improve social participation for better well-being and quality of life.”
“My research focuses on the use of apps to support nutrition education and health behavior change. My work centers on providing nutrition and health educators with tools and strategies to support behavior change for preventing and managing chronic diseases.”
“I study the impact of sexual, emotional, and physical harm on mental health. I am especially interested in learning what methods help hurt people heal and what factors slow down the healing process.”
“My research focuses on understanding how and why social and environmental factors influence the three pillars of health: diet, physical activity, and sleep. Using an interdisciplinary approach spanning epidemiology, geography, and nutrition, my work provides critical insight for promoting positive health outcomes among vulnerable populations across the life course.”
"My research interests are preparing youth and adults with severe disabilities getting and keeping employment. This allows these individuals who would otherwise be excluded to become contributing and valued members of the community."
“My research focuses on the development of clinical guidelines and assistive technologies for the improvement of quality of life in people with disabilities. I am also interested in evaluating the impact of the provision of assistive devices on the employment, social participation and quality of life in people with disabilities.”
Dr. Hyojung Kang is an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health at UIUC. Prior to joining UIUC, she was a research assistant professor in the Department of Systems and Information Engineering at University of Virginia. She received her Ph.D. degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the Pennsylvania State University.
Dr. Kang’s research focuses on developing analytical and simulation models for improvement of patient outcomes, system performance, and decision-making in healthcare systems and public health. Using the quantitative models, she has contributed to identifying underlying problems in healthcare operations management and care models for chronic diseases, predicting patient outcomes, and proposing effective interventions to address challenges from a holistic perspective. Her research has involved multi-disciplinary team collaboration to incorporate intimate knowledge of problems with quantitative models and provide solutions implementable in practice.
“I empower and support students interested in pursuing a career in public health, helping to strengthen the next generation of public health practitioners. I do this through teaching public health courses, facilitating community-based experiential learning opportunities for students, and supporting students throughout their graduate program and in the transition into their post-graduate career.”
“My research focuses on cancer and women's and infant's health.
I investigate an array of topics, including preeclampsia, sudden infant death syndrome, premenopausal breast cancer, infertility, childhood asthma, and childhood cancer in order to first discover the cause(s)/etiology and subsequently determine the best treatment and prevention strategies for such diseases.”
“My research focuses on mental health disparities in women and mothers, particularly racial and ethnic minorities, immigrants, and veteran caregivers. I examine how psychosocial, cultural, structural, and physiological factors are associated with poor mental health in my populations of interest.”
“To truly support health and independence, health technologies must be sensitive to the context and complexity of life as it is lived. Thus, my research examines the processes by which older adults understand their health and use health technologies in daily life, with the goal of informing the development and implementation of technologies that are responsive to older adults’ dynamic needs, goals, and abilities.”
"My research focuses on improving the health system to achieve better health outcomes. Working in this growing area of study, my team employs data driven analysis in reviewing hospital utilization and the policies that impact the provision of services. I prepare students for leadership positions in health administration through coursework and practical experiences."
“My primary research interests are based in the rehabilitation sciences and primarily focus on management of secondary impairments associated with physical disabilities. As healthcare improves, individuals with disabilities are living longer but face new impairments, such as pain, mobility limitations and poor quality of life. I am interested in investigation of interventions to keep people with disabilities active and healthy through their full lifespan.”
“My research supports successful aging through the design of technology. Older adults are involved in our projects focus on: personal, social, and telepresence robots; digital home assistants and other smart devices; applications to support medication adherence; and understanding the needs of people who are aging with sensory or mobility impairments. Our goal is to enhance quality of life for older adults.”
“I study what the risk and protective factors are for cancer in populations. This provides information about how to prevent cancer in different groups in the population.”
“I study ways to improve the health of underserved populations (e.g. US Latino immigrants, older adults, and rural dwellers) through community health programs that are both culturally-sensitive and sustainable. My research inform public health policy and practice that can lead to healthier communities.”
“My research examines how the food environment of a community can affect a person’s shopping habits, diet, and health. I focus my work on low-income communities because they often have limited access to stores that sell healthy foods.”
“My work focuses on increasing health and well-being of people with chronic health conditions by improving access and engagement in employment related activities.”