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Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2015 Dec 22;13(1):ijerph13010026. doi: 10.3390/ijerph13010026.

Implementing a Graduate Certificate Program in Cardiovascular Epidemiology: The Jackson Heart Study.

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1
Jackson Heart Study, School of Public Health, Jackson State University, 350 West Woodrow Wilson Drive, Suite 2900B, Jackson, MS 39213, USA. brenda.w.campbell@jsums.edu.
2
Jackson Heart Study, School of Public Health, Jackson State University, 350 West Woodrow Wilson Drive, Suite 2900B, Jackson, MS 39213, USA. clifton.addison@jsums.edu.
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Jackson Heart Study, School of Public Health, Jackson State University, 350 West Woodrow Wilson Drive, Suite 2900B, Jackson, MS 39213, USA. gregory.wilson@jsums.edu.
4
Jackson Heart Study, School of Public Health, Jackson State University, 350 West Woodrow Wilson Drive, Suite 2900B, Jackson, MS 39213, USA. lavon.young@jsums.edu.
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Jackson Heart Study, School of Public Health, Jackson State University, 350 West Woodrow Wilson Drive, Suite 2900B, Jackson, MS 39213, USA. regina.fields@jsums.edu.
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Jackson Heart Study, School of Public Health, Jackson State University, 350 West Woodrow Wilson Drive, Suite 2900B, Jackson, MS 39213, USA. clevette.woodberry@jsums.edu.
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Jackson Heart Study, School of Public Health, Jackson State University, 350 West Woodrow Wilson Drive, Suite 2900B, Jackson, MS 39213, USA. marinelle.payton@jsums.edu.

Abstract

The Jackson Heart Study (JHS) is committed to providing opportunities for expanding the understanding of the epidemiology, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. The JHS Graduate Training and Education Center (GTEC) has initiated the Daniel Hale Williams Scholar (DHWS) program where students are afforded the opportunity to interact with epidemiologists and other biomedical scientists to learn to identify, predict, and prevent cardiovascular disease using the Jackson Heart Study data. This study describes the structured programs developed by JHS GTEC seeking to alleviate the shortage of trained professionals in cardiovascular epidemiology by training graduate students while they complete their academic degrees. The DHWS program provides: (1) an enrichment curriculum; (2) a learning community; (3) quarterly seminars; and (4) a Summer Institute. Students attend enrichment activities comprising: (1) Applied Biostatistics; (2) Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology; (3) Social Epidemiology; (4) Emerging Topics; and (5) Research Writing. Training focuses on developing proficiency in cardiovascular health knowledge. The DHWS program is a unique strategy for incorporating rigorous academic and career-focused training to graduate students and has enabled the acquisition of competencies needed to impact cardiovascular disease management programs.

KEYWORDS:

Jackson heart study; cardiovascular epidemiology; graduate training

PMID:
26703701
PMCID:
PMC4730417
DOI:
10.3390/ijerph13010026
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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