PHD STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES – CHILDREN’S HE ALTH AND THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT
- PHD STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES – CHILDREN’S HEALTH AND THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT
Students interested in conducting PhD level research in the area of environmental influences on children’s health and well-being are encouraged to apply to the Department of Geography at the University of Western Ontario, Canada.
Several well-funded PhD opportunities exist under the supervision of Dr Jason Gilliland and colleagues through different research projects funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, and the Children’s Health Foundation. Students will work on a research topic exploring environmental (social, built, natural) influences on one or more of the most important children’s health issues such as: physical activity/active play, nutrition, obesity, injury, asthma, and mental health. The ideal candidate will have a Masters degree in geography, epidemiology, health sciences, psychology, sociology, planning, landscape architecture or related discipline; experience conducting primary research; and a sincere interest in research aimed at improving children’s health and quality of life. Previous experience in conducting community-based qualitative research (e.g. interviews, surveys, focus groups), multivariate
statistics, GIS, personal monitoring technology (i.e., accelerometers, GPS), and French language proficiency would all be considered significant assets.
Students will work out of the Human Environments Analysis Laboratory (HEAL-UWO) and have the privileges of graduate trainees of the Children’s Health Research Institute. Students will receive mentoring regarding research and career development, and, in collaboration with colleagues from the Faculty of Social Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, and School of Medicine, will carry out research and publish papers focusing on important topics in children’s health and children’s environments.
Interested students are encouraged to consult the Dept of Geography graduate program web page (http://geography.ssc.uwo.ca/grad/) for eligibility requirements and DEADLINES, and to email Dr Gilliland (jgillila@...) with their CV and a statement of interest by December 24, 2011. Early application is recommended. Registration for PhD programs in Health Sciences or Epidemiology & Biostatistics can also be discussed if the candidate meets eligibility requirements.
Jason Gilliland, B.A., M.A., M.ARCH, PhD
Director, Urban Development Program, University of Western Ontario
Associate Professor, Geography, Health Sciences, & Paediatrics, University of Western Ontario
Scientist, Children’s Health Research Institute
Scientist, Lawson Health Research Institute
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