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Research & Outreach

Students have opportunities to work with faculty who are conducting cutting-edge research on the causes, risks and trajectories of population-wide health. Labs include:

The Behavioral and Cancer Epidemiology Research Program

The Behavioral and Cancer Epidemiology Research Program in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics is focused on examining the behavioral and biological determinants of cancer in the general and underserved populations. 

Biostatistics Core

The Biostatistics Core offers comprehensive statistical consultation and computational services to faculty, staff and students in the College of Public Health and throughout Temple University as well as faculty and researchers in other institutions, agencies and companies.

The Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology Program

The reproductive and perinatal epidemiology program in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics is focused on examining the determinants of adverse reproductive and pregnancy outcomes.

The Water, Health and Applied Microbiology (WHAM) Lab

The Water, Health and Applied Microbiology (WHAM) Laboratory is housed within the Division of Environmental Health in the College of Public Health at Temple University. The lab is currently led by Dr. Heather Murphy. The lab team consists of research fellows, graduate and undergraduate students interested in the field of water and health. The laboratory primarily focuses on microbiological contamination of water supplies and the subsequent impacts on public health.

The College also maintains affiliations with:

In addition, faculty and students are involved in research with university affiliates in the Department of Nursing, the Lewis Katz School of Medicine, and the Kornberg School of Dentistry, among others.

Carnegie Classification

In 2016, The National Science Foundation placed Temple University as an R1 institution for “highest research activity”, placing it among the top four percent of all four-year institutions in the U.S.

Research Funding

In 2016, the National Science Foundation placed the university among the top 100 in terms of research expenditures, which amounted to $242 million. Learn more about the university’s research support efforts.

Research News

Donna Coffman

Manuscripts published:

Dziak, J. J., Coffman, D. L., Lanza, S. T., Li, R., & Jermiin, L. S. (in press). Sensitivity and specificity of information criteria. Briefings in Bioinformatics.DOI: tba

Spaeth, A. M., Hawley, N. L., Raynor, H. A., Jelalian, E., Greer, A., Crouter, S. E., Coffman, D. L., Carskadon, M. A., Owens, J. A., Wing, R. R., & Hart, C. N. (in press). Sleep, energy balance, and meal timing in school-aged children. Sleep Medicine, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sleep.2019.02.003

Levent Dumenci

Manuscript published:

Dumenci L, Perera RA, Keefe FJ, Ang DC, Slover J, Jensen MP, Riddle DL. Model-based pain and function outcome trajectory types for patients undergoing knee arthroplasty: a secondary analysis from a randomized clinical trial. Journal of Osteoarthritis Research Society International (2019). DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.joca.2019.01.004

Heather M. Murphy

Grant awarded:

Title: Development of Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Capabilities at the Philadelphia Water Department’s Central Laboratory for alternative human sewage markers

Awarded funds to develop the capacity of the PWD laboratory in using human and alternative markers of microbial contamination as indicators of water quality in the Philadelphia watershed.

Project date: 07/01/2018- 06/30/2022
Principal Investigator: Heather M. Murphy
Funding source: Philadelphia Water Department (PWD)
Budget: $480,000

Manuscript published: 

McGinnis S, Marini D, Amatya P, Murphy HM. 2018. Bacterial contamination on latrine surfaces in community and household latrines in Kathmandu, Nepal. Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.16(2), 257, DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16020257

Abby Rudolph

Presentation: “Examining the social context of injection drug use” at Duke University’s Network Analysis Spring Seminar Series (February 18, 2019)