This collection includes theses and dissertations from the School of Public Health & Information Sciences. It is not exhaustive since most paper theses and dissertations have not been digitized. Generally, paper copies of theses and dissertations published prior to 2014 can be accessed in the University of Louisville Libraries. If you would like to add your thesis or dissertation to this collection, please fill out the Electronic Theses & Dissertations form.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2022

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Investigating the relationships between socioeconomic status, Kratom legislation, and the COVID-19 pandemic on opioid overdose mortality in the United States., Lyndsey Blair

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HIV and the African American church: millennial faith leader's perspectives., Kelsey LeAnn Burton

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Meeting the mental health needs of college-aged young adults: evaluating the value and impact of digital mental health interventions., Sara Atherton Choate

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“I think it's male privilege”: a qualitative study of personal, behavioral, and socio-environmental factors influencing high risk sexual behavior and HIV transmission among heterosexual adult males In Ghana., Nana Ama Aya Erzuah Bullock

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Understanding public emergency preparedness before and during the coronavirus outbreak: implications for effective public health and risk communication., Raphael Adjetey Fumey

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Public health contagion of white supremacy: examining the pipeline of attitudes about racism and racial history education among high school students., Trinidad Jackson

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Bayesian methodologies for constrained spaces., Siddhesh Kulkarni

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Protest-related tear gas exposure and menstrual function, Emily Kathleen (Steinmetz) Reece

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Ecological differences in the associations between air pollution, greenness, and risk of stroke: The REGARDS study., Daniel W. Riggs

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Person-centered decision-making and socio-cultural contexts influencing cesarean deliveries: a national analysis., Alice M. Story

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Statistical methods for personalized treatment selection and survival data analysis based on observational data with high-dimensional covariates., Don Ramesh Dinendra Sudaraka Tholkage

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“…You can't unknow it, it's a new reality": a case study exploring a social justice public health intervention's impact on critical consciousness development in youth., Monique Williams

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Environmental noise exposure and its association with elementary standardized testing scores and adult mental ill-health in Louisville, Kentucky., Lindsey Adelle Wood

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Statistical methods for assessing drug interactions and identifying effect modifiers using observational data., Qian Xu

Theses/Dissertations from 2021

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Estimating treatment effect on medical cost and examining medical cost trajectory using splines and change point techniques., Indranil Ghosh

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Exploring opportunities for prevention of child sexual abuse in a diverse American Muslim community., Rishtya Meena Kakar

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The impact of statin use on outcomes of Diabetic adult patients hospitalized for community acquired pneumonia., Joel Lanceta

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Development and validation of biosafety climate scale and survey-based analyses of safety perceptions in biological research and teaching laboratories at public Universities in the USA., Sivarchana Mareedu

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Identifying the cardiovascular effects of multiple pollutants., Katlyn Elizabeth McGraw

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The association between depression and anxiety with COVID-19 outcomes., Erica Miller

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Observational studies in group testing and potential applications., Alexander Christopher Noll

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Understanding wellbeing in refugee youth from the African great lakes region., Victory Osezua

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Particulate matter exposure and community-acquired pneumonia mortality among hospitalized adults with pneumococcal pneumonia: incidence study (HAPPI) participants., Jack Anthony Pfeiffer

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Trends in hysterectomy in hospital and ambulatory settings in Kentucky 2017-2020., Felicia A. Pugh

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Estimating cumulative incidence rate on interval censored data in an illness-death model., Chen Qian

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Predictive modeling of clinical outcomes for hospitalized COVID-19 patients utilizing CyTOF and clinical data., Onajia Stubblefield

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Bayesian variable selection strategies in longitudinal mixture models and categorical regression problems., Md Nazir Uddin

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Exploring the contextual factors and decision-making process of risky sexual behavior among homeless adults in Louisville, Kentucky., Sarah C. Van Heiden

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Hospital-based professional spiritual care: evaluating the utilization, availability, and impact of chaplains., Kelsey B. White

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“And the next day, you are in charge”: policy recommendations stemming from a qualitative investigation into the professional development of early career peer support specialists in Kentucky., Diane M. Zero

Theses/Dissertations from 2020

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Tobacco smoke exposures and fertility-related outcomes among females seeking fertility care, and the interaction with N-Acetyltransferase 2 (NAT2).., T'shura S. A. Ali

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Preventable hospitalization among type 2 diabetes patients in Kentucky before and after medicaid expansion 2010-2017., Turky Jamil Arbaein

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A novel approach to HIV prevention: understanding multi-level influences on HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PREP) uptake and outreach among African Americans., Suur Debrah Ayangeakaa

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Aspects of causal inference., John A. Craycroft

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Marginal methods and software for clustered data with cluster- and group-size informativeness., Mary Elizabeth Gregg

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Volatile organic compound exposure and cardiometabolic syndrome risk in a nationally representative cohort., Stacey Lane Konkle

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The green house nursing home model: the GH elements and their impact on quality of care in nursing homes., Deborah Kaminka Niyongabo

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Converting threats into opportunities predicting medical error reporting behavior., Whitney Thomas Rogers

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Novel Bayesian methodology for the analysis of single-cell RNA sequencing data., Michael Sekula

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Modified-half-normal distribution and different methods to estimate average treatment effect., Jingchao Sun

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Oral health-related quality of life in US adults with type 2 diabetes., Giang Truong Vu

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Characterization of adiposity and inflammation genetic pleiotropy underlying cardiovascular risk factors in Hispanics., Mohammad Yaser (Anwar)

Theses/Dissertations from 2019

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The shape study : the survey of health and the perceived environment study., Colette Patrice Davis

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Innovation and equity in public health research : testing arts-based methods for trauma-informed, culturally-responsive inquiry., Tasha Golden

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“Pissing in the wind”: racially discriminatory economic policies’ impact on today’s banking status, use of alternative financial services and health outcomes., Gaberiel Jones Jr

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Novel Bayesian methodology in multivariate problems., Debamita Kundu

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Determining the effect of an educational intervention on medical support personnel's knowledge to administer a standardized developmental screening tool., Leslie Chiaventone Lopez

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Handgun carrying patterns and suicide risk among youth., Teresa Jane McGeeney

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Uncovering the stories behind the numbers : a case study of maternal death surveillance and response in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo., Baraka Muvuka

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Characterization of the impact of prenatal cigarette smoke exposure on age- and sex-specific SIRT1-mediated hepatic molecular phenotype in C57BL/6 mice., Kendall S. Stocke

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Polydrug use among people who use opioids, national survey on drug use and health 2002 to 2017., Diana Kuo Stojda

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An evaluation of the supply and demand of radiation oncology medical physicists in the United States., Christine Marie Swanson

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Evaluation of the health and exposure histories of a community surrounded by industry and industrial waste : a mixed methods approach., Lindsay Koloff Tompkins

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Probability of conception after fertility counseling and the association of sexually transmitted infections with pregnancy in the Loussi study., Lindsey Adelle Wood

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Statistical methods for estimating and testing treatment effect for multiple treatment groups in observational studies., Xiaofang Yan

Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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An assessment of the disaster preparedness knowledge of emergency medical services providers in Hajj of 2016., Ahmed Meaiwedh Al-Otaibi

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Generalized spatiotemporal modeling and causal inference for assessing treatment effects for multiple groups for ordinal outcome., Soutik Ghosal

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Lead and crime: an ecological study between lead contaminated topsoil and violent crime., Brian Guinn

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Cost burden of social isolation for wheelchair users in Louisville, Kentucky., Connie Light

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Adolescent sexual and reproductive health in the Gambia., Sandhya Lohani

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Post-diagnosis quality of life and mortality in non-Hispanic White and Hispanic women diagnosed with invasive breast cancer., Delvon T. Mattingly

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Coal ash exposure and behavioral impairments among children in Louisville, Kentucky., Chisom Nmesoma Odoh

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Association between cigarette smoking and ovarian reserve among women seeking fertility treatment with effect modification by race and NAT2 genotype., Islamiat A. Oladipupo

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Is macrolide and beta-lactam combination therapy associated with early clinical stability or 30 day mortality in hospitalized patients with pneumonia? An assessment of confounding by indication., Evangeline Pierce

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Evaluation of the predictive ability of a screening instrument used to diagnose co-occurrence of anxiety in children with high-functioning autism., Austin Zachary

Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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Evaluating the impact of statewide policy implementation on interorganizational collaboration at the regional level : an application of network analysis., Nida Moez Ali

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Reducing tobacco-related health disparities : exploring the barriers and facilitators to smoking cessation among individuals experiencing homelessness., Bernadette Guzman Antoon

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Effect of total body iron on metabolic dysfunction among U.S. females in the Nhanes 2003-2010, aged 12-49., Joseph Michael Carhart

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Attending to systemic racism : advancing public health's approach to youth violence prevention., Billie Faith Castle

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Comparing total expenditures by source of long-term services and supports., Maresa R. Corder

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Pediatric anxiety and/or depression problems : associations with PM10, fly ash, and metal exposure., Abby Nicole Burns Hagemeyer

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Functional data analysis methods for predicting disease status., Sarah Kendrick

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Estimation of the three key parameters and the lead time distribution in lung cancer screening., Ruiqi Liu

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Sample size calculations and normalization methods for RNA-seq data., Xiaohong Li

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Evaluating work place wellness in greater Louisville's technology organizations : a case study., Andrew L. McCart

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Coal ash exposure and asthma in children., Jack Anthony Pfeiffer

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Prenatal depression screening among a diverse healthy start population., Evangeline Pierce

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The particulars about particulates : metal exposure and self-regulation of children living near coal ash., Clara G. Sears

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Novel statistical approaches for missing values in truncated high-dimensional metabolomics data with a detection threshold., Jasmit SureshKumar Shah

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The effect of caffeine on fecundability : differences in coffee, tea, and cola consumption., Emily Kathleen Steinmetz

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Bayesian approach on short time-course data of protein phosphorylation, casual inference for ordinal outcome and causal analysis of dietary and physical activity in T2DM using NHANES data., You Wu

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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Propensity score based methods for estimating the treatment effects based on observational studies., Younathan Abdia

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Cost of care for hospitalized patients with pulmonary mycobacterial diseases in the United States., Mary Beth Wells Allen

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Leveling the playing field through partnerships and collaboration : neighborhood revitalizations and the influence of social determinants of health and institutional logics., J. M. Bohn

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The impact of Medicaid expansion on utilization of mental health services in west Louisville, Kentucky., Susan Theresa Buchino

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Inference for a zero-inflated Conway-Maxwell-Poisson regression for clustered count data., Hyoyoung Choo-Wosoba

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Propensity score methods : a simulation and case study involving breast cancer patients., John Craycroft

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Expression of genes for peptide/protein hormones and their cognate receptors in breast carcinomas as biomarkers predicting risk of recurrence., Michael Wesley Daniels

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Some contributions to nonparametric and semiparametric inference for clustered and multistate data., Sandipan Dutta

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A log rank test for clustered data under informative within-cluster group size., Mary Elizabeth Gregg

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The influence of nutrition education and self-efficacy on fruit and vegetable consumption for low-income women in rural west Kentucky., Lewatis Darnell McNeal

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Semi-parametric methods for personalized treatment selection and multi-state models., Chathura K. Siriwardhana

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Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) onset and "remission"., Srikanth Tangelloju

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Memory and fine motor skill test performance among children living near coal ash storage sites., Lindsay Koloff Tompkins

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Integrated analysis of miRNA/mRNA expression and gene methylation using sparse canonical correlation analysis., Dake Yang

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Environmental vegetation : a possible association with cardiovascular disease risk., Ray Anthony Yeager II

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The impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s risk adjustment program on adverse selection : first year case study., Steven K. Zimmerman

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Evaluation of liver transplant prioritization methods for hepatocellular carcinoma patients using multistate models., Sarah Katharine Alver

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Novel applications of and extensions to linear regression methods for the biomedical and materials sciences., Joe Bible

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Summary of survival analysis with SAS procedures., Derek Duane Childers 1990-