Public Health Challenges in Various Populations

a group of people discuss issues of health.

Seeking students to research public health challenges in various populations, with a goal of developing classroom resources, tools and strategies.

Project description

Students will explore health disparities associated with specific populations of interest. Proposed populations include but are not limited to:

  • College Students 
  • LGBTQ+ 
  • Native Populations 
  • Immigrant Populations 
  • Rural Populations 
  • Individuals with Disabilities 
  • The Elderly 

Students will develop resources and tools to be used in Public Health classes and shared with the lay public to deepen understanding and sensitivity related to these challenges.

Project outcome

Students will select a population of interest and complete the following tasks:

  1. Create a brief powerpoint presentation that discusses the challenges this population faces 
  2. Pick a topic that affects this population such as but not limited to: substance abuse, mental health, health care access, food insecurity, or other emerging issues and find a recent (2010 or newer) research article that explains this issue. 
  3. Create a quick guide to help students or the lay public learn about this article and its impact on health. Include questions that would be thought provoking to answer from this article. 
  4. Be creative: think of a way to have other students learn about this problem within a population, create a case study, game, worksheet or other materials that students would be excited to engage with

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment Less than a semester (0-2 months)
Start time Winter (December)
In-person, remote, or hybrid?
Level of collaboration Individual student project
Benefits Other
Who is eligible All undergraduate students

Project mentor

Jessica Kruger

Clinical Assistant Professor

Community Health and Health Behavior

319 Kimball Hall

Phone: (716) 829-6748


Start the project

  1. Email the project mentor using the contact information above to express your interest and get approval to work on the project. (Here are helpful tips on how to contact a project mentor.)
  2. After you receive approval from the mentor to start this project, click the button to start the digital badge. (Learn more about ELN's digital badge options.) 

Preparation activities

Once you begin the digital badge series, you will have access to all the necessary activities and instructions. Your mentor has indicated they would like you to also complete the specific preparation activities below. Please reference this when you get to Step 2 of the Preparation Phase. 

  • Students must develop an annotated bibliography related to the topic of focus. They are encouraged to meet with a Subject Librarian either in-person or virtually to explore appropriate resources. Bibliography must include at least one recent research article that explains and provides data related to the topic and population.


Community Health and Health Behavior