Master of Public Health students present on their community-based practical experiences and research projects

The Fall 2021 Public Health Innovations Conference was held on Friday, Nov. 19. The conference, hosted by the Master of Public Health Program in the School of Medicine’s Department of Population & Quantitative Health Sciences, is the primary forum through which MPH students present the results of their community-based practical experiences and research projects. These experiences, collectively referred to as the Culminating Experience, is the centerpiece of the CWRU MPH program. It gives students the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired through their academic coursework to a problem involving the health of the community. Bringing together students, faculty, alumni and community partners, the Public Health Innovations Conference is an opportunity for students to showcase the results of that work.

Six graduating MPH students (Richard Bailey, Jennifer Creutzinger, Margaret Ferretti, Nilanjana Majumdar, Adebanjo Solaru and Alena Sorensen) presented their public health capstone research projects on topics that included neurocognitive concussion testing, continuous glucose monitoring, pregnancy loss support services, COVID-19 surveillance and policy, and teledentistry. 

Additionally, a virtual poster session featured student practicum projects and other related research. Featured posters can be viewed by visiting the MPH website. Another highlight of this semester’s conference was a keynote panel discussion on COVID-19 and mental health in our communities. Panelists included: 

  • Amy Korsch-Williams of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences; 
  • Peggy Keating of Neighborhood Family Practice; and 
  • Jae Williams of Burten, Bell, Carr Development Inc. 

The panel was moderated by Kristina Knight, assistant professor in the Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences and associate director of the MPH program.The Spring 2022 Public Health Innovations Conference will be held in mid-April.

For additional details or questions, contact Andrew Morris, director of community-based education, at