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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13(1), 26;

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

Jackson Heart Study, School of Public Health, Jackson State University, 350 West Woodrow Wilson Drive, Suite 2900B, Jackson, MS 39213, USA
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Academic Editors: Mark Edberg, Barbara E. Hayes and Valerie Montgomery Rice
Received: 15 August 2015 / Revised: 5 November 2015 / Accepted: 5 November 2015 / Published: 22 December 2015
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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. View Full-Text
Keywords: cardiovascular epidemiology; graduate training; Jackson heart study cardiovascular epidemiology; graduate training; Jackson heart study
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Campbell Jenkins, B.W.; Addison, C.; Wilson, G.; Young, L.; Fields, R.; Woodberry, C.; Payton, M. Implementing a Graduate Certificate Program in Cardiovascular Epidemiology: The Jackson Heart Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13, 26.

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