Messages from the Faculty

Biostatistics and Bioinformatics

Stuart Gilmour, PhD

The key goal of the GSPH doctoral program is to develop a new generation of highly-skilled public health professionals who are able to show leadership in academic research, and being able to publish papers in international peer-reviewed journals is a core competency for our PhD students to learn. To support this, I try to expose all my students to every aspect of the academic process so that they can become independent researchers able to design, support, conduct and publish their own research ideas.
My students publish their research regularly in highly-ranked international journals. I support them at every stage of the publication process, from research design to final article, to ensure that they are focused on high quality science from project inception to publication with regular feedback and writing guidance – sometimes we pass through 10 or more drafts before their work is complete! This way they can become proficient, independent writers in English (which is their second language in most cases). I also help them with the review process, including inviting them to join peer reviews I conduct so that they can learn how they are done, and with finding grant funding to support publication fees. I believe the success of our students shows that this intensive supervision is effective in producing highly capable researchers who will have a significant future impact on the field.

Health and Behavioral Sciences

Satomi Sato, PhD

Have you ever asked yourself, "Is this the right way to do things?” You may not even have time to ask if the method used there is the best one for the site in front of you. And you may have given up thinking deeply about it because your elders did it that way and because it seems to be the accepted way. However, those who enroll in St. Luke's GSPH say that when they stop using these traditional techniques and examine the data from their new perspective, they realize that they were using methods that were surprisingly ineffective and that their thoughts and beliefs were distorting reality.
St. Luke's GSPH opens its doors wide to working professionals, training people to analyze data for themselves and make policy decisions based on it, rather than on assumptions and hunches. Public health, in particular, is a discipline that deals with the fundamental issue of human health and welfare. Students who rise to this challenge will acquire more advanced skills. Moreover, studying a topic universal to humanity requires students to look at research trends and work from abroad, sharpening their international sensibilities. Why don't you try such a new experience of "thinking globally"?