HPDP’s mission includes the development of education and training programs to translate research into public health practice. We collaborate with partners to provide training opportunities for UNC students, post-doctoral fellows, health care practitioner, community members and HPDP staff.
Our on-site training programs include the Kellogg Health Scholars Program for post-doctoral students, as well as a seminar series focused on community-based participatory Research. We also offer online training via the Center for Excellence for Training and Research Translation.
Experiential opportunities for UNC students
In the past year, more than 70 UNC students (at the doctoral, masters, and undergraduate levels) worked as research assistants on HPDP projects. Each year, dozens of graduate research assistantships (providing salary, tuition, and health insurance) are awarded to masters and doctoral students for work on HPDP research studies. Through our community partners, we are also able to help students identify internship or practicum experiences.
Seminars for faculty and staff
Skills and Practices for Engaged Scholarship Seminar Series
HPDP offers a seminar series to showcase resources and projects and promote discussion related to engaged scholarship at Carolina.The series is a collaboratino between HPDP, the Center for Faculty Excellence, the Carolina Center for Public Service, the Carolina Community Network and the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute (TraCS). The program aims to bring together faculty, staff, students and community partners to increase knowledge about campus efforts and the needed skills for successful engaged scholarship and to promote interdisciplinary discussion and collaboration.
- Click here to view the 2016 seminar series schedule
HPDP Breakfast Presentations
HPDP regularly offers breakfast presentations related to health promotion and disease prevention. Seminars take place in the HPDP Office, but are available online in webinar format. Recently, Dr. Andrew Perrin from the UNC Sociology Department presented at HPDP, and showcased his research on cultural health and the links between culture and political behavior.
- Click here to view the event details from Dr. Perrin’s presentation.
HPDP and the Center of Excellence for Training and Research Translation provide activities focused on state leadership and community practitioners, with many trainings available online at www.centertrt.org You can also click here to view the Center TRT training overview page.
The Center TRT offers a weeklong training courses as listed below, as well as a host of other available currently available trainings:
- The Obesity Prevention in Public Health Course funded by the CDC Nutrition and Physical Activity Program to Prevent Obesity and Other Chronic Diseases.
Training for community partners
Through our core research demonstration project, Seeds of HOPE, and in partnership with the Division of Public Health’s Healthy Carolinians program, we provide customized training programs to meet identified needs. Examples of workshops developed and implemented in the past few years include: Grant-Writing, Community-Based Evaluation, Intervention Design, Analyzing and Using Data, and the Epidemiology of Health Problems.